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Over the last few weekends I have been reprocessing some of my older images using Lightroom 4. I am in awe at the additional details and amazing clarity that can be drawn from the original RAW files. Its not just the newer files which benefit from the wonderful processing ability of this new version of Lightroom.
Washington Irving, one of America’s first great writers and still one of the best loved for short stories based on life in the Hudson Valley such as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”, bought an estate on the banks of the Hudson River in 1835. At the time the residence was a simple farmhouse built in the seventeenth century when the land still was part of the nearby Philipsburg Manor (which we will visit in the next post). After Irving purchased the property he immediately began to remodel the house to create his own romantic vision with the help of George Harvey, an artist and neighbor whose own home Irving much admired. When finished it looked almost exactly as can still be seen today with wonderful weather vanes taken from old houses in New York City and Albany, Dutch-stepped gables and a wisteria vine over the front door. Irving himself described it as “a little, old-fashioned stone mansion all made up of gabled ends, and full of angles and corners as an old cocked hat”. It is definitely all of that and perfectly describes Sunnyside.