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Not my usual kind of shot but here goes…

While we were in the Cotswolds this weekend we visited this lovely building - Broadway Tower, it was built in 1799, it sits 1024 feet above sea level and boasts a view of 13 counties from the top. It was a pretty grey day so I expect we only saw a few of these. I wasn't really equipped for this shot wearing a summer dress and a pair of minimal pink flip-flops, I had all on dodging the nettles and the sheep dung!

Thanks for taking a look and have a great start to the week. Please have a look at the larger version if you can!

Lyns x

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:Digital
Title:Storm On High
Username:lynsfiona lynsfiona
Uploaded:7 Aug 2006 - 6:25 AM
Tags:Black & white, Broadway, Cotswolds, Landscape / travel, Sepia, Tower
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JohnDyer
JohnDyer e2 Member 867 forum postsJohnDyer vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 6:28 AM

the large version is stunning, really dramatic, lovely tones
John

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vaughar
vaughar  10242 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 - 6:29 AM

Like the overall composition, but you've pushed the levels a little bit too far on the sky and left some banding (where you can see the difference between different shades of grey) on the left.

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david deveson
7 Aug 2006 - 6:32 AM

Maybe you should make this your kind of shot..simply stunning, rich and gutsy
David

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 6:32 AM

Dramatic (love the sky) and perfectly composed shot!
Tommy

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Rune_andersen

Nice one very dramatic...

Rune

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 6:57 AM

Good description Lyns, and I've now got a mental picture of you knee-deep in sheep poo with red nettle stings all up your legs. What you do for your art eh?

As you say, this is different for you, so full marks for being brave. I agree with Rob about the banding present in the far left sky, but I'd think you could sort this quite easily.

Overall I like this a lot. The letterbox crop suits the image, and the toning gives a very dramatic and moody atmosphere.

Perhaps it could do with a few figures or even a sheep to give a sense of scale though? Just an idea.

Dave.

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conrad
conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 7:48 AM

Had to have a look at this one, especially because it is indeed unusual for you. As far as suggestions go, I think I agree with vaughar and DaveU.

I, too, like the panoramic crop, the mood, the mono, and feel it would definitely be worth it to work on it and make a new version of the image.

Good-looking tower, too. 13 counties, eh? Wow. Sounds like it was worth visiting this location, even though you weren't dressed for it. Glad I don't wear summer dresses and flip-flops... Wink

Conrad

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
7 Aug 2006 - 8:05 AM

great atmosphere, beautiful shot

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
7 Aug 2006 - 8:15 AM

Thanks for all your comments guys - I agree about the banding, wasn't visible on my screen at home but now I'm viewing it on my screen at work I can see it - must sort that out or it will bug me for eternity!! Lyns x

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phototime
phototime  8 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 - 8:21 AM

I love this image very much its got excellent mood very nicely done in B&W brilliant work again.

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rhiw_com
rhiw_com  8
7 Aug 2006 - 8:27 AM

Striking image, looks superb in B&W. Brilliant.
Rg Tony

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 8:43 AM

Yeah i can imagine the scene Lyns!
Different from normal uploads and thats Good.
Like the mono with the toning!!

And it looks dark and Spooky...
Well done
Dave

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 8:54 AM

love the mood ...great atmospheric!

perfect presentation!

thanks 4 the description Lyns

ollie

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franken
franken e2 Member 113055 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 9:05 AM

The large version is amazing! I like the lighting and tones to this. Great sky.

Ken

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The_Collector

Love it super shot.

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Blue_Water
7 Aug 2006 - 10:26 AM

Good work.

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DYankee
DYankee  8 United States
7 Aug 2006 - 10:34 AM

This may not be your usual, Lyns, but it is sill of your high standards. An exceptional photo! There's nothing wrong with doing something different, especially when you're as talented as you obviously are!
LOVE IT!
Dawn Smile

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
7 Aug 2006 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for all your lovely comments. Lyns x

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xanda
xanda  10244 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 1:45 PM

Excellent and atmospheric shot. Finally a place I've actually visited!

Simon.

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Very good work. One thingie I noticed immediately is the white outline of the towers though (especially the right one - as looking), due to contrasting I suppose. perhaps you could clone that out, but apart from that... top work

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 3:20 PM

Well done on the HC, well deserved if you ask me....Top drawer work.

Ade

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hebdens
hebdens  8
7 Aug 2006 - 3:59 PM

great bleak scene, very imposing. Fab work, great style,love it !!
Tracy

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
7 Aug 2006 - 4:11 PM

Thanks Simon, I hope you had a clearer day than we did!

Thanks Koen, Ade & Tracy. Lyns x

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 4:19 PM

Wonderful wide angle and toning - superb work!

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 4:20 PM

Very dramatic Lyn's and yet another award well done.

Pooch.

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
7 Aug 2006 - 4:25 PM

Thanks very much! Lyns x

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TattySnapper
7 Aug 2006 - 4:42 PM

Gorgeous shot! Just my cup of tea - moody skys and solitude wrapped in sepia! Superb effort!
Cheers,
Simon

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 6:15 PM

Well done Lyns, you deserve your awards. Great dramatic shot, like it.
John X (-:

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turtle1
turtle1  1041 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 - 6:46 PM

You've created a super atmospheric shot here, love the composition also.

Barb

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Imagine23
Imagine23  8241 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 - 6:49 PM

Love it! Moody and very atmospheric. You need to get yourself some pink wellies instead Smile
Lynn

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Jou©o
Jou©o  1056 forum posts Finland
7 Aug 2006 - 6:57 PM

stunning work, Lyns!

Congrats!

Jouko

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DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 9:04 PM

Congrats on the HC Lyns !!

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
7 Aug 2006 - 10:01 PM

Thank you all for your lovely comments and thanks very much Pete for the HC!! Smile)
Lyns x

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
7 Aug 2006 - 10:57 PM

Quite a dramatic image you have produced..well done
Chris

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oppo
oppo  8 Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2006 - 9:40 PM

You have created a very dramatic mood with this one. Excellent !

Phil

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tonymarq
tonymarq  8 United States
9 Aug 2006 - 12:21 AM

Lynn stunning capture and the treatment really brings out it's beauty!

stay well
tonymarq

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Mono
Mono  943 forum posts
10 Aug 2006 - 9:58 AM

Thought I recognised this place. Only used to live 5 miles from there Wink Clever thinking to shoot from that distance. I've just posted a shot I took there a few months back, at 10mm for a different perspective.

Cheers, Dave

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draxwayze
draxwayze  1174 forum posts
11 Aug 2006 - 6:26 AM

Recognised it immediately, but never have I seen it in these lighting conditions. Lovely shot, and great treatment. Real 'Wuthering Heights' stuff this!
Click
John

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RipleyExile
11 Aug 2006 - 11:46 AM

Definitely doesn't look like summer dress and flip flop weather.

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