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Deal Castle yesterday lunch time.
Commissioned by Henry VIII in response to threatened invasions during the 16th century, Deal Castle was one of the last castles in England to be purpose-built as a military fort, able to afford both the power for attack and protection. At the same time, similar castles at Walmer and Sandown were constructed and these three together provided a formidable defence line along the coastal stretch of The Downs.

Based on a 'walls within walls' plan, Deal Castle is shaped liked a Tudor rose, perfectly symmetrical, with a low, circular Keep located at its centre. Around the circumference of the Keep stand six bastions, rising to the height of the first floor, with a further series of six bastions in the curtain wall, one of which serves as the gatehouse. All outer walls of the castle and sturdy bastions are rounded, which provided strength and, more importantly, deflected shot more efficiently than flat walls. The overall circular design of Deal Castle also enabled particularly good artillery coverage, with over 200 cannon and gun ports set within the walls. Moreover, the entire structure was completely surrounded by a very deep, wide moat.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah x

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Title:Attack 'n' Protect
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:5 May 2009 - 9:00 AM
Tags:Architecture
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paulhankin1
5 May 2009 - 9:12 AM

Sarah,

Like the view, very nice, however the image to me, seems a little too contrasty - was that the intention?

I love the way you know your stuff about your locations - very informative!
Is this part of your work or are you copying from a guide book . either way thanks for the history lesson, very interesting.

Paul

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 9:16 AM

Thanks Paul, no not my work but I love the history so I always do some research. Re the contrast - yes It was intentional, was a really flat dull sky, not much to speak of so I wanted to give it some punch and add some mood - perhaps too much though?

Sarah x

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 9:17 AM

That red circle certainly draws the eye Sarah - good details as always with you work. Well captured and processed.
regards Richard.

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C_Daniels e2 Member 9399 forum postsC_Daniels vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 9:17 AM

Sounds formidable Sarah - not sure if I'd find a way in Smile

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5 May 2009 - 9:18 AM

Excellent processing Sarah.Lovely work and good information as usual.
Tom.

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paulhankin1
5 May 2009 - 9:31 AM

If you can alter the settings for this image i will upload a photoshop mod i have done.

Not an improvement - my interpretation

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 - 9:43 AM

Lovely shot Sarah, love the way you have composed this with the canon in the foreground,
Mark.

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BarryC123
BarryC123  543 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:00 AM

A really nice shot - I love the textures of the ground, the wood of the cannon, the castle walls.
A very eye-catching composition too.
Maybe the cannon would look more menacing without the red 'plug', but then you'd lose the nice contrast of the red.

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5 May 2009 - 10:01 AM

A very powerful composition to match the subject, I'm just waiting for the bang.

Dougie

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5 May 2009 - 10:05 AM

Love the composition, and the angle of the foreground. I'm seeing this in b&w with just the red plug in colour.
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DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:06 AM

That red thing makes the cannon look a bit like one of those Dalek sink-plungers. Smile

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

A super image wonderful processing very well done
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:37 AM

Thanks everyone Smile
Barry, know what you mean but I did like the colour contrast, I toned it down aswell Wink
Moira - good idea, will try that.
David - Dalek sink-plunger - lol
Paul - thanks for the mod, think it looks great!

Sarah x

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5 May 2009 - 11:52 AM

Another stunning capture, Sarah, lovely detail, tones and processing...like reading your bits of history, too. Like also V2 with the rain & lightning...what we need is a Photoshop plug-in that will take out rain from images taken on days like yesterday!
TrevB Smile

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5 May 2009 - 1:15 PM

Excellent Sarah as informative as ever and a nice take on it from Paul but like most thing in life you cant beat the real thing

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

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5 May 2009 - 2:02 PM

Well composed shot sarah, love that red circle which really gets your attention! i think the contrast is great as it gives more drama in the sky. Nicely processed with a lot of detail. Love the thundering effects in v2.
regards
Yung

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5 May 2009 - 2:34 PM

Great pov, wonderful work you have put in here.

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5 May 2009 - 2:44 PM

Great processing work going on here. I love the drama created in V2. Two really punchy image.
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5 May 2009 - 3:25 PM

Love the angle and composition Sarah, very well seen and captured!

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5 May 2009 - 3:40 PM

Beautiful Sarah. I really enjoy your work. Always so detailed and full of drama. This is no exception....Sandy

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wyatturp  8 England
5 May 2009 - 4:03 PM

well done you works well-30---------------------Fire-----------------------------missed

DougSmile-V2 look super too

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5 May 2009 - 4:20 PM

thought i recognised the place, very nice shot indeed

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 4:27 PM

Thanks everyone for stopping by Smile

Sarah x

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Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 4:33 PM

excellent work again Sarah

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5 May 2009 - 4:47 PM

love the composition, cracking shot Smile

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5 May 2009 - 4:56 PM

Such a strong and intriguing composition - great work, Sarah
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5 May 2009 - 5:26 PM

Distinctive image Sarah. Information up to scratch. Ron.

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5 May 2009 - 5:37 PM

love v2.lesley

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5 May 2009 - 6:07 PM

VERY nice work Sezz, smashing!

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5 May 2009 - 6:11 PM

Unusual image, beautifully processed, as always Smile

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5 May 2009 - 6:15 PM

Excellent POV

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5 May 2009 - 6:23 PM

An excellent image and write up, it almost feels as though you are staring down the barrel of that cannon!

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JouŠo  956 forum posts Finland
5 May 2009 - 6:29 PM

brilliant shot, Sarah!
Lovely POV.......

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5 May 2009 - 6:31 PM

Superb work Sarah.

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 6:59 PM

Thank you so much for your time and kind comments!
Stace - your award is really appreciated, a lovely surprise, thank you Smile

Sarah x

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RAUL  5 Italy
5 May 2009 - 8:13 PM

Great work.
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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 8:27 PM

Excellent work again Sarah, I do appologise for the clicks, catching up is my situation just lately Wink
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5 May 2009 - 9:46 PM

very effective, the mod is good too

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5 May 2009 - 10:24 PM

Love the composition ... v2 is great fun but have to say I prefer v1
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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:36 PM

Raul, Geoff, Sue and Dave - thanks very much Smile

Sarah x

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5 May 2009 - 11:47 PM

Nice shot Sarah, I was expecting the red bung to pop out on V2 Wink

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A great photograph.

Warm regards, Iain.

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striking composition and colour.

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 12:51 PM

Thanks Darren, Iain and Michael and to those who voted also.
My thanks also to Yung for your user award, really appreciated Smile

Sarah x

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6 May 2009 - 4:31 PM

Really like the dramatic angle and the red really has impact.
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6 May 2009 - 6:45 PM

carefull where you point that thing,could have someones eye out Smile
love the processing and angle
regds
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7 May 2009 - 11:07 AM

Thank you Jon and Ollie Smile

Sarah x

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7 May 2009 - 3:58 PM

Thank you very much Phil for your award, I'm really chuffed Smile

Sarah x

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LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2009 - 5:54 AM

Very bold this Sarah with the canon but looking a couple of times at it now, it works

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maratsuikka
21 May 2009 - 4:25 AM

congrats on UAs,my friend

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7 Jun 2009 - 3:07 AM

You have a lovely technique,keep it up,,

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