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A first play at using layer masks and sepia effect for me on this picture of Eilien Donan, taken I guess about 3/4 years ago, can't remember what camera!

Used the mask to darken the sky and lighten the foreground and then adjusted curves (also something I have little experience of!)

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Eilien Donan
Username:limafish limafish
Uploaded:7 Feb 2010 - 2:17 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2010 - 3:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think the processing has worked well to create a dramatic image. It's nice and contrasty and there's interest throughout the frame.

I'd say that it does look processed, which I think is perfectly fine but you need to be more gentle with the controls if you're after a more natural look. Since you were working with a JPEG, things have become a bit noisy where you've recovered detail from the shadows. Again, I don't think that's a problem for this image but shooting RAW would give you more leeway for this kind of editing.

The composition is a bit central, which makes the castle rather dominant. Paradoxically, you might get a better feeling for the castle within its landscape if you cropped a bit off the left-hand side to pull the castle away from the centre.

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limafish
limafish  6 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2010 - 4:40 PM

Thanks David for your comments.

The original shot was taken towards the end of the day with little light available and the original is quite dull so I am pleased that I managed to get some drama and contrast into the picture. Since taking this pic I have moved over to shooting in RAW though definately still learning what to do with the images!

The original shot had a load of the loch in the foreground which I cropped out because it wasn't interesting and whilst thinking about the rule of thirds, I just concentrated too much on the top to bottom thirds and forgot to think about side to side!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2010 - 6:04 PM

Quite strong, but a bit over processed. Something doesn't look quite right between th castle and sky along the interface. Unlike the first comment, I thin the end product lacks contrast - you have arrived at an image with a very tight range of tones where a bit wider range would be an advantage.

Paul

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NobbytheNobster

Very good first attempt, nice image of a lovely location.
Ricky.

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