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It's Eilean Donan Castle! It was quite an overcast day as was most of the trip but it's a really lovely view especially whilst having breakfast Wink

Going through old raw photos much of which I have discarded because they were dull and lifeless, as I am learning more about raw files and that they are mostly like this, so I got all creative, and even put a border around for a change Tongue Hope I have done these fab place some justice!

Oh I have added a second version with a slight tint as I couldn't make up my mind which I liked better! Maybe you can tell me Grin

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:On The Bank with Eilean
Username:Leilani Leilani
Uploaded:16 Jan 2012 - 12:02 PM
Tags:Castle, Dorney, Eilean donan, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Wildlife / nature
Votes:42
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 12:06 PM

Nice job and I think V1 is the one for me

Brian............

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MattB1987
MattB1987 e2 Member 2418 forum postsMattB1987 vcard England
16 Jan 2012 - 12:07 PM

Well shot photo, thought the subject is a bit drab for my liking, perhaps it would make a more stiking mono? Obviously this is only my opinion, but shooting wise it think it has been done well.
Matt

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Mark_Callander
16 Jan 2012 - 12:29 PM

Great shot v1 does it for me well captured.
Mark.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 12:32 PM

This is a fantastic shot, beautifully composed.V1 is for me today.
saeid

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 12:34 PM

Good shot v2 for me .Rob

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 12:43 PM

Nice dramatic sky
(Spelt Eilean by the way)

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 12:48 PM

Kaybee you are indeed correct! Thank you for correcting my error. I shall update that immediately Smile

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 1:00 PM

Both great but I like the brown tone of V2Smile

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gingerdelight
16 Jan 2012 - 1:13 PM

A super composition here - V1 is my preference today, love that sky!
Carol

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 1:32 PM

Gorgeous shot, I slightly prefer V2.
Seems we may be split on the choice.

B.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 2:12 PM

Nice shot, V 1 for me though.
Ronnie.

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Cliff1944
Cliff1944 e2 Member 2Cliff1944 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 2:27 PM

Good composition. I prefer V1.
I drove past the castle yesterday hoping for a night shot but there was scaffolding up!
Cliff

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 3:46 PM

Wonderful image, but V1 for me.

Barry

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4591 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom62 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 3:47 PM

Lovely shot !!!....has a sort of 'painterly' quality, which is appealing !!!!

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twelvemegs
16 Jan 2012 - 7:57 PM

Lovely view, excellent composition.
I like them both Smile

David

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 8:03 PM

i like the warmer tones of v2, a great capture.
ant.

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jabe
jabe  3 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:24 PM

Grin good angle for this shot aand the cloud formation is just right to portray this bleay building.Grin

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 10:07 PM

Oh My Goodness! Thank you all for your votes and comments...I'm truly overwhelmed...it's put a big smile on my face Smile Bless you all!

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
17 Jan 2012 - 1:35 AM

A very nice creative portfolio. I like V1 but can see your tonal contrast changing and giving stronger colour in V2. Well done. WesternRed.
I know you have added a tint but using Nik Sofware Tonal Contrast will enrichen you colours also.

Last Modified By WesternRed at 17 Jan 2012 - 1:39 AM

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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 6:24 AM

V1 has a nice sharpness about it but the warmer tones of V2 give it enrichment in the earth and cloud.
Nicely done Jocelia……….

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 6:40 AM

V2 for me...
Like the clouds better with a tad more colour...
Great work...
Dave

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 11:51 AM

Hi Leilani,
I think this is a great subject with the makings of a very dramatic shot. As you have this in raw can I suggest you try triple processing, One for the sky to bring out the anger that is there, one for the foreground and one for the Castle then with a bit of blending and masking etc I think you could have something with a good feel.

Martin

Ps,
pink boots or no pink boots for this one. Grin Grin Grin

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 12:59 PM

Martin you's cheeky Wink I might well have had the pink boots on! I am gonna have to put the pink boots up! lol Smile

Thank you for the great tips! I know I can do a lot more with this image in Photoshop and I am getting there...after watching so many tutorials i've got a bit supersaturated! I used Lightroom2 for this and everything else...one day I might get the hang of processing better Smile That and having a decent lens!

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 2:33 PM

Leilani here's a task for you.
1. Open up your file in raw and only concentrate on the sky, get it as you want it (as dramatic as possible)
2. Hold down the Alt button while pressing "open" and it will open into elements.
3. Then save as, eg "1" or "a" or whatever, as a jpeg and save your image back to your file.
4. Re-open your raw and now work on the foreground, get it as you want and follow steps 2 & 3
5. Open up images one and two and (this dosen't matter which one) press select then from the drop down menue click "select all" you will get marching ants around the image.
6 Click "edit" then "copy"
7. Click your other image to bring it into view
8. Click "edit" and select "paste", you will now have your first image lying on top of the second image.
9. Click on a layer mask, select the colour black (black or white boxes at the bottm left side) select the paint brush and run the brush over the bits you want to erase, i.e if the top image is the forground erase the drab sky and you will be left with the dramatic sky on the image below. If you erase to much change the colour to white and go ovwer the areas you wish to replace.
10. When your satisfied go to layers and click "flatten layers". You now have an image with a sky and foreground to your liking.
11. If you want to adjust the castle just repeat the steps above.

There as got to be a better way than all this but it's a good way to get started and learn a little about elements.

Hope this all makes sense,

Go on, have a go. Grin

Martin

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 9:26 PM

Awww bless you Martin! Thank you for taking the time to post this, I shall have a go! Can't promise it will be today, or next few days as I am focusing on rebuilding my website (after an upgrade disaster) this week but I really appreciate the kind thought! I will let you know Smile

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gonzalito
gonzalito e2 Member 4gonzalito vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2012 - 2:11 PM

Never visited the place though I trust your feelings - I believe the photo makes it justice!
I think both versions are awesome however, I prefer the 1st one as it looks more natural; the 2nd version looks photoshopped although it's a very good one as well.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 - 4:13 PM

Beautiful capture, nicely composed. I prefer V1 as the grey sky adds greatly to the mood of the image and complements the grey rocks/castle/bridge and greenery better.

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waineswitch
6 Feb 2012 - 9:54 PM

V1 definately, that's how it looks any time I've seen it.

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