Room To Read

Uploaded: September 18, 2011


Fonthill Museum in Doylestown, PA
Everyone can call their home a castle, but Dr. Mercer could say it and mean it. The core of his wondrous castle, built from reinforced concrete in Mercer's own design in 1908, has towers, turrets, and tiles piled on beyond belief. Each room is a different shape and each is fully adorned with tiles, some antique and some made in Mercer's own tile works across the driveway.

Six image stitch in Photoshop, various Nik filters, some Topaz and pasted in the Castle in the windows for background replacement of the cloudy white sky.

Exif: F Number: 18, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 5/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 1000, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 17.00 mm, Model: NIKON D3S


Danny B. Head level-deluxe September 19, 2011

Beautiful work, Phyllis! #1409220

Michelle Alton September 19, 2011

What a stellar piece of work and artistry, Phyllis. It all worked absolutely perfectly. Henry Chapman Mercer was one of the lucky few that was able to see an awesome vision come to fruition. #9678878

Cathy Barrows September 19, 2011 the added details #9679320

Mary Timman September 19, 2011

Oh my gosh you did some fantastic work with this, must have been very time consuming and it is very appreciative! Beautiful room and effects. Just fabulous work! A winner I hope! #9679379

Chastity Abbott September 19, 2011

Love the light that comes in and gently falls on the desk, chair and all the details. Wonderful image! #9679396

David M. Montero September 19, 2011

Masterful work Phyllis. A beautiful image. How do you spell gold - Room to Read! #9679628

Tarun Bose September 19, 2011

Outstanding work here, Phyllis. #9679667

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic September 19, 2011

Extraordinary work, Phyllis. Simply outstanding. You captured the true beauty of this mansion. #9679735

Patti Coblentz September 19, 2011

Absolutely stunning result of your meticulous work, Phyllis! The natural light, exquisite colors, wonderful mood, great's all so beautiful and a winner in my book! Just outstanding! #9679802

Terry Cervi level-classic September 19, 2011

Amazing work, Phyllis!! Love it! #9680516

Robert Jensen September 20, 2011

outstanding work Phyllis #9681872

Phyllis H. Burchett September 21, 2011

Thank you so much everyone! #9683101

Renee Doyle level-classic September 22, 2011

This really is beautiful work Phyllis!! #9685366

Pattie Smith September 23, 2011

What amazing work Phyllis! Just gorgeous! #9686599

Kathy Salerni level-classic October 01, 2011

Wow, this is beautiful digital work, Phyllis! Sorry I have been absent. It has been a rough summer and now I have guests coming for the month of Oct!!
I will try and catch up on commenting as I have time. I have posted a bunch of shots from San Diego last weekend! Finally got out and shot something! #9710179

Phyllis H. Burchett October 02, 2011

Thank you so much everyone....a little late to say thanks as I've been out of town with no internet. Will catch up on commenting soon I hope! #9711302

Linda Blair October 04, 2011 captured the real beauty of this room....well done!!! #9716015

Carolyn McIntosh October 09, 2011

Poking through your gallery this morning . . sorry I am late in thanking you . . on the road with crappy internet.

This is one gorgeous image and I can certainly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into creating this work of art.

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my POTD . . much appreciated. #9725122

Mary Timman October 18, 2011

I love this. Congratulations on your beautiful finalist! #9743891

Amy M. Wilson October 18, 2011

Big congratulations on your AMAZING Finalist, Phyllis!! #9743893

Robin R. October 18, 2011

Beautiful work. The lighting and detail are wonderful. Congrats. #9743907

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 18, 2011

Big congratulations on this, Phyllis! Thought I'd commented before, but apparently missed it---it is fantastic work! #9744014

Orsi October 18, 2011

Amazing work,Phyllis!!Congratulations!! #9744031

Danny B. Head level-deluxe October 18, 2011

Awesome! Congrats! #9744181

Terry Cervi level-classic October 18, 2011

Congrats on your awesome finalist, Phyllis! #9744343

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict October 18, 2011

Awesome finalist, Phyllis!

Congratulations! #9744356

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 18, 2011

Big Congratulations Phyllis! I loved this!

jo ann c.


Patti Coblentz October 18, 2011

An all time favorite image, Phyllis...just love it!! Congratulations on your finalist! #9744754

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic October 18, 2011


Kathy Salerni level-classic October 18, 2011

Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round, Phyllis! #9744810

Kathy Salerni level-classic October 18, 2011

Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round, Phyllis! #9744812

Nadia Paul October 18, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful finalist Phyllis! #9744985

Irene Colling level-classic October 18, 2011

Expert photography, skillfully presented.

Congratulations Phyllis on your outstanding Finalist. #9745231

Lisa J. Chorny October 18, 2011

I LOVE this, Phyllis! There's something so magical about it. Nice work and congrats on the finalist! #9745260

Rona L. Schwarz October 18, 2011

Spectacular creative piece of art, Phyllis! I wouldn't even know how to go about doing a six image stitch, but the resulting image is truly amazing. CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round! #9745410

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 18, 2011

wonderful finalist... congratulations!!! #9745579

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe October 18, 2011

Congrats on this wonderful image receiving the finalist award. Good luck! #9745704

Jessica Jenney October 19, 2011

Congratulations, Phyllis on your fabulous finalist! #9746283

Susan D. Royce level-classic October 19, 2011

A wonderful creation, so atmospheric! Congrats and good luck in the next round. #9746559

Richard B. Hallick level-classic October 19, 2011

Like the castle, this is also a masterpiece. Congratulations on the finalist. It should go to gold. #9746719

Emile Abbott level-deluxe October 19, 2011

Amazing work in the DD Phyllis and congratulations on this fabulous finalist. #9747341

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic October 19, 2011

Outstanding work, Phyllis!
Love the colors, light, and tones on this fantastic subject.
~♥~Lisa #9747527

October 19, 2011

This is a beautiful image, and you've put some expert editing into it. #9747598

Cathy Barrows October 19, 2011

congrat on your finalist...awesome creation #9748177

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic October 19, 2011

No surprise here, Phyllis. Simply outstanding work. Huge congrats on this beautiful finalist. Looking for gold on this one. #9748272

Patrick Rouzes level-classic October 19, 2011

Congrats & good luck, Phyllis! #9748839

Renee Doyle level-classic October 19, 2011

Big congratulations on this excellent finalist Phyllis!! #9749070

Debra R. Harder October 20, 2011

WOW, Phyllis!! Truly amazing image! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb #9750310

Leslie McLain level-deluxe October 20, 2011

Congrats on a stunning finalist, Phyllis. #9751017

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 20, 2011

Huge CONGRATZ on this terrific Finalist, Phyllis. Expect seeing this again!

UB. #9751463

Pattie Smith October 21, 2011

Looks like a grand prize winner to me! Congrats Phyllis! #9751994

Debbie Bray October 21, 2011

It's a wonderful image, Phyllis, the light hitting the table top is great, and all your filters work well together. Congrats on your finalist! #9752838

Bojan Bencic level-classic October 22, 2011

Congratulations on this amazing finalist, Phyllis! #9754770

Phyllis H. Burchett October 22, 2011

Thank you so much everyone, I am out of town with lousy internet, mostly no internet, so will catch up on commenting when I get home later in the week. Congrats to all the finalists! #9755402

Kathy Cline level-classic October 23, 2011

HEY PHYLLIS Im out of town to and have slow internet...dont ya just hate that? Congrats on your well deserved award. Have a blessed day.

David M. Montero October 23, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist selection Phyllis!!! Awesome in every way. #9756863

Jill Odice level-classic October 24, 2011

Congrats on your finalist! This is really stunning work! #9759135

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe October 24, 2011

Congrats on your win Phyllis...wonderful image! #9760009

Patti Coblentz October 24, 2011

Couldn't be more beautiful, Phyllis! Congratulations on your winner!! #9760070

Kathy Cline level-classic October 24, 2011

Congrats Phyllis. Im not surprised as this is an amazing shot. #9760135

Debbie Bray October 24, 2011

Well done on a fabulous image, Phyllis! Congratulations! #9760222

Mary K. Robison October 25, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS on your well earned Gold Winner, Phyllis! #9760523

Renee Doyle level-classic October 25, 2011

So deserving!!!! Congratulations Phyllis! #9760532

Amy M. Wilson October 25, 2011

Big congratulations on your excellent and well-deserved Gold win, Phyllis!! #9760765

Courtenay Vanderbilt October 25, 2011

Super Congrats, Phillis! Well deserved Gold! #9760817

Nadia Paul October 25, 2011

Congrats on your wonderful winner Phyllis! #9760818

Leslie McLain level-deluxe October 25, 2011

Congrats on a stunning winner, Phyllis. #9760945

Jessica Jenney October 25, 2011

Congratulations, Phyllis on your fantastic win! #9761016

Linda D. Lester level-classic October 25, 2011

Awesome photo....Congratulations on your win! #9761107

Val Feldman level-deluxe October 25, 2011

You always make my heart beat a little faster looking at your images...good for both my heart and my photographic soul! :) No exception here - a fine Gold Win, Phyllis (as they all are:) Super congratulations!! #9761113

Debra R. Harder October 25, 2011

I just LOVE this image, Phyllis!! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER!!! Deb #9761515

Emile Abbott level-deluxe October 25, 2011

Congratulations Phyllis on a well deserved Gold winner. #9761537

Bojan Bencic level-classic October 25, 2011

Congratulations on your win, Phyllis! #9761715

Mary Timman October 25, 2011

I loved this the first time I saw and the second and still love it! Huge Congratulations on this awesome winner! #9761815

Julie Burnett October 25, 2011

A gorgeous creation, Phyllis, congratulations on this fabulous Winner!! #9762031

Mike Clime October 25, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Phyllis! #9762106

Danny B. Head level-deluxe October 25, 2011

Nice job, Phyllis! Congrats! #9762158

Merna L. Nobile October 25, 2011

May your heart catch the joy of the moment and soar!
I am so happy for you!


Terry Cervi level-classic October 25, 2011

Love this, Phyllis! Congrats on your win! #9762396

Merna L. Nobile October 25, 2011

What wonderful recognition of your hard work. Merna #9762632

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict October 25, 2011

So glad to see this extraordinary image as a winner, Phyllis!

Congratulations! !! #9762938

Pattie Smith October 26, 2011

Congratulations Phyllis on the win for this amazing image! #9763700

Carla Capra level-classic October 26, 2011

Hi Phyllis;
This image could be right out of a movie, it has such detail, deep tones/colors and intrigue. My eye continuously moves throughout the image searching for hidden details. Awesome, awesome work and huge congratulations!
;) CC #9764073

Phyllis H. Burchett October 26, 2011

Thanks everyone! I'm at the Phoenix airport waiting for my plane.....looking forward to getting home. #9764212

Mitch Spence level-classic October 26, 2011

Excellence in concept and rendering, Phyllis. Congratulations to you. #9764295

Patrick Rouzes level-classic October 26, 2011

Congratulations on this exceptional Winner, Phyllis! WTG! #9764817

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic October 27, 2011

Such a deserving winner!
Big congratulations!
~♥~Lisa #9765848

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 27, 2011

WOWOWW again Phyllis! Your photography and creativity is A+++!
Simply Superb WORK!
Excellent Details/Textures and LIGHT!
Gorgeous artwork!
Congrats to you on your WINNER!
Smiling again,
Chris #9765905

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 27, 2011

Congratulations on this fabulous Gold 2nd Place Winner Phyllis!

jo ann c. #9766237

Robert R. Goodman level-addict October 27, 2011

Hi Phyllis,A big Congratulations on this beautiful win!!!! #9766280

David M. Montero October 27, 2011

Congratulations on your outstanding winning capture Phyllis!!! #9766633

Rona L. Schwarz October 27, 2011

Ah hah, I knew we'd see this one again, Phyllis! It had Winner written all over it - glad to see the judges agreed! It's a masterpiece, so creative and well-executed and just stunning! Huge Congratulations on this well-deserved Gold Winner, Phyllis! #9766959

Irene Colling level-classic October 28, 2011

Rona aptly said exactly what I was thinking.

Congratulations Phyllis for this outstanding image. I'm pleased that you won a gold award for your fine work.


Phyllis H. Burchett October 28, 2011

Thank you so very much everyone for your wonderful comments! #9768774

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic October 28, 2011

No surprise this turned to GOLD, Phyllis. Simply outstanding work. Huge congrats. #9769019

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 31, 2011

CONGRATZ on this wonderful Gold winner!!!

UB. #9773636

Phyllis H. Burchett October 31, 2011

Thanks Mary Beth and Usman! #9774696

Carmody Baker November 01, 2011

Love this! Congratulations Phyllis! #9776406

Cathy Barrows November 01, 2011

Congrats on your glad to see a winner from our trip #9776693

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 10, 2016

Congratulations Phyllis on Best of the Best DD's on BP #11444924

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