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Many thanks to all for C&C on yesterday's effort. It didn't crash and burn as I expected it to, so no need for the parachute after all Wink

Today's offering to the Gods is, of course, That Castle. (Eilean Donan, for the one person here who may not actually know Smile )
The guide books say that one cannot drive past this without stopping to photograph it and, guess what? They're absolutely right!

We were on our way back to Fort William from Skye on the only road that joins the mainland and the Isle, when, with amazing cartographical foresight, I managed to persuade "Michael Schumacher" to throttle-back from lightspeed in time to actually stop here.
She allowed me less than 30 minutes before igniting the afterburners.

It was a bit of a grim, dull day and I only managed this shot and a seven shot panorama (which would look really silly at 600 pixels). The only break in the over cast occurred during this shot.
The consequent flat lighting propelled me into playing around a bit to wrench what I could from a pretty dull original, and there's still a bit of a halo that I haven't been able to (or couldn't spare the time to) remove.
I may work on it further at some point.

Still, what the hell. You only live once!

Enjoy, or otherwise.
Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Smile

Camera:Olympus E-500
Lens:Zuiko 40 - 150 @ 45mm
Recording media:RAW
Title:That Castle !!
Username:BillyGoatGruff BillyGoatGruff
Uploaded:12 Mar 2008 - 11:31 AM
Tags:Castle, Clouds, Donan, Eilean, Landscape / travel, Loch, Scotland
Votes:52

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BrillacFr
BrillacFr  6
12 Mar 2008 - 11:36 AM

Lovely brroding image
Charlotte

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NeilM
NeilM  8 England
12 Mar 2008 - 11:40 AM

powerful image, like it.

Neil

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challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 11:56 AM

Brilliant, superb, I love it

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KJackson
KJackson  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 12:05 PM

I like this very much

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TonyKerrey
12 Mar 2008 - 12:11 PM

very moody, can almost feel the rain coming out of the clouds. is this an HDR style shot, or just good use of filters?

Tony

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cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 - 12:38 PM

Great shot, well captured.
Cheesey.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 1:12 PM

Thank you all for stopping by to comment. Seems to be doing not too badly, after all Smile


Quote: Very moody, can almost feel the rain coming out of the clouds. is this an HDR style shot, or just good use of filters?

Tony

Thanks Tony. No HDR or filters. A single RAW capture, processed three times and then combined by hand in PS using (mostly successfully) masked colour and tone curves in 16 bit LAB mode, followed by some further contrast work in RGB mode.
I shot this in 2006 and only recently decided to do anything with it, thinking the original was a bit lack-lustre! It's turned out better than I expected it would.
ATB
Bill

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
12 Mar 2008 - 1:25 PM

Love the colour and the mood of this. Very nice image.

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patsy88
patsy88  7 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 - 1:58 PM

Amazing image, love it...
Patsy

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 - 2:34 PM

Love the atmospheric tones

Graeme

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forestrich
12 Mar 2008 - 2:37 PM

Stunning image. Great mood.

Rich

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Phil_Restan
12 Mar 2008 - 3:00 PM

good result

Phil

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PaulHolloway
PaulHolloway e2 Member 7PaulHolloway vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 3:22 PM

Good work. Great atmosphere in the image.

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themefrom
themefrom  6 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 3:45 PM

That Castle for sure - but that sky also - Oh yes

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 4:04 PM

Why thank you all very kindly, folks. Creeping towards respectibility, for sure Wink
Bill

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Dennis_Bromage
12 Mar 2008 - 5:23 PM

Powerful Image

Den

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Pricey
Pricey  933 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 5:35 PM

Good work, very atmospheric.

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devine
devine  8
12 Mar 2008 - 6:09 PM

Superb image,very moody lovely story to this,
excellent work
jim

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britishlandscapes

Great shot in the circumstances and not from the standard position.
Great sky and background

Derek

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 6:28 PM

Great tones and comp/super shot.
Tom.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 6:41 PM

Thanks guys. Onwards and upwards, eh what! Wink
Bill

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woodrow
woodrow  7153 forum posts Scotland
12 Mar 2008 - 8:33 PM

there are many pictures taken of this popular location, and it is nice to see something a bit special; i once lived near here so know the area very well and you have captured it perfectly here

well done

Paul

PS like the commentary, what technique did you use to enable 'throttle back!'

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 9:07 PM

Thanks again folks, This response keeps surprising me in the very nicest way Smile


Quote: There are many pictures taken of this popular location, and it is nice to see something a bit special; i once lived near here so know the area very well and you have captured it perfectly here

well done

Paul

PS like the commentary, what technique did you use to enable 'throttle back!'

Thanks Paul. Praise indeed and most welcome.
The Technique: Use Chocolate!!
ATB
Bill

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Douglas_George
12 Mar 2008 - 9:54 PM

Wonderful capture Bill, well done.

Dougie.

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EllieEdge  7 Norway42 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2008 - 8:58 PM

Stunning shot loaded with mystery!

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17 Mar 2008 - 12:34 PM

Wonderful Drama Bill.

Nigel

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