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A picture of Eilean Donan Castle on a very miserable, wet day!

I completely forgot I had taken this photograph, it wasn't until I was wondering around a gallery displaying some Rolf Harris prints that I spotted that he had drawn (I believe in pastels) the same castle from the same angle...

Because of the type of day the original photograph was a bit flat so I have tried to lift the colours in PS slightly....

Any critique would be appreciated... In particular composition, further processing that may help lift the scene etc....

Thanks

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-600
Lens:Olympus 14-42mm Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Nov 2010 - 10:33 AM
Focal Length:29mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:+0.7
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Eilean Donan Castle
Username:Mini_Webb Mini_Webb
Uploaded:16 May 2012 - 4:25 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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tonyguitar
16 May 2012 - 4:54 PM

Poor weather suits the image. I would crop for more castle. Crop down 2/3rds sky, straight section of bridge from left, and half the stream from the bottom.

Bet you like it. TG

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 4:55 PM

A nice moody image reflecting the miserable wet day that it was. As there is little interest in the flat sky i have removed some of it and some of the left hand side in an attempt t balance the image, in my mod the levels have been changed slightly however this may not be noticeable in the upload.

My mod is just a matter of taste as there is not a lot wrong with your original.

Trev

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Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 4:56 PM

Looks like Tony and myself are thinking on the same lines.

Trev

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tonyguitar
16 May 2012 - 5:14 PM

Thanks Trev. This really is a 16th century painting. Love the old stuff. TG

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Mini_Webb  4
16 May 2012 - 5:43 PM

Thanks Tony and Trev.... I really like the Mod!

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puertouk
puertouk  21072 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 6:29 PM

Hi, nice image, pity about the gloomy weather. I did a mod by putting the image in Photoshop camera raw, using the adjustment brush I put some colour in the sky to brighten it up a little. I then made adjustments with shadows and highlights, contrast, vibrance and clarity. Into PS, duplicated the background, layers panel - blend mode - multiply - opacity 50%. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 6:32 PM

A really lovely image, perhaps even better with the blue sky mod. - (I wonder how he did it?!)
Ju

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 6:41 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Ashley,

A few questions first. I dont quite understand the exif settings, - to me it reads that you used shutter priority, set it to 1/60, and then used ISO 800. I would conclude from this that the camera selected f/14? Is this correct?

I ask the question because the main issue with the shot is underexposure. The settings appeared to be reasonably OK for the sky, but not from the castle down. It is in fact two shots in one, - the sky, and the castle. You could have taken two exposures if you had a tripod, or a solid support, with one shot metered by pointing at the sky, and the second metered by pointing down, excluding the sky, and using photoshop to merge the two.

As for composition, Ive uploaded your original shot with the rule of thirds overlaid as a cropping guide. You can see it can benefit if the castle moves to the left, by cropping space from the left.


Mod2 has the lower area + castle exposed correctly, with the upper area mostly as it was I have used no colour, vibrancy adjustments, - what you see is whats there with the correct exposure.



Hope you find this of some help,



regards




Willie

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puertouk
puertouk  21072 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 6:43 PM

Hi, did another mod in PS to give an aged look in sepia. hope you like it.
Stephen

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Mini_Webb  4
16 May 2012 - 7:34 PM

Banehawi (Willie), thank you for the very in-depth critique, I appreciate it.... I knew that there was an issue with the composition I just didn't know how to sort it... The grid is very useful....

I also regularly have issues with contrasting images so it is good to know how to fix them.

I should have had my tripod with me but unfortunately it was sat by the door, so that I wouldn't forget it!! Doh!

Puertouk (Stephen) I really like both mods... Just goes to show I need to mess around with photoshop some more!

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mrjes
mrjes  11 United States
16 May 2012 - 8:13 PM

Lovely shot. I agree that some cropping would improve the image and also wonder how doing a mono version might work.
-Sam

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tonyguitar
16 May 2012 - 11:56 PM

The first mod crop is excellent. The colour and crisp enhancement in two looks good. The sepia version in five is lovely but too much sky. Combine one and two, or one and five and you have a winner....in my gently humble opinion. You saw this jewel in the first place. Makes adjusting worthwhile. TG

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tonyguitar
17 May 2012 - 12:02 AM

PS. That bridge is a good photo on its own. Maybe that's why we need less of it here. TG

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 7:14 PM

What a pleasure to see such a well thrashed subject from a different angle and in different weather. A good effort which I like as is other than there is too much bright sky. Crop most of it off. Cover the sky and the foreground detail leaps out.

Paul

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tonyguitar
19 May 2012 - 8:47 PM

Here is a recently uploaded bridge similar to yours on ePZ...

http://tinyurl.com/835crbk

Stirling Bridge by Springbok5. TG

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