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An image from my visit to this iconic castle in Northumberland. A slightly different take with a little more foreground detail which I like. I want to go there again but in the summer when it's a little warmer, and enjoy again a splendid pub lunch in Bamburgh village. But it's quite a trek from where I live!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di (A09) Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM
Focal Length:33mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bamburgh Castle 2
Username:MiqsPix MiqsPix
Uploaded:22 Nov 2012 - 4:43 PM
Tags:Beach, Canon, Castle, Clouds, Grass, Landscape / travel, Northumberland, Stormy, Tamron, Wildlife / nature
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 6:10 PM

Far from the classical images of Bamburgh, but quite effective. Not sure it would sell though, not that that was necessarily your attention. I have many images of the castle, almost all classic views but in very different lighting. The ones that sell in the libraries are mostly shot in evening light from the beach to the north with the castle both frame filling and also quite small.

So, nice to see a different viewpoint and you have done it well at first sight. The focus is on the grass very close to the camera and I think this was the right choice but would need to see the other extreme to coompare.

Paul

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gareth01422
23 Nov 2012 - 8:31 AM

I like this picture, there are lots of ways this could be edited.

Composition - I would have taken the picture slightly to the left so the grass doesn't cover the right hand side of the castle. Also would have had the bank at one third high in the picture, this would have exposed more of the castle.

Editing - The back lit castle would have been sharpened up and throw a bit of fill light in there to bring the detail out of them castle walls. Gradient filter on the sky with a bit of dodge and burn.

Gareth

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MiqsPix
MiqsPix  340 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 - 10:16 AM


Quote: Far from the classical images of Bamburgh, but quite effective. Not sure it would sell though, not that that was necessarily your attention. I have many images of the castle, almost all classic views but in very different lighting. The ones that sell in the libraries are mostly shot in evening light from the beach to the north with the castle both frame filling and also quite small.

So, nice to see a different viewpoint and you have done it well at first sight. The focus is on the grass very close to the camera and I think this was the right choice but would need to see the other extreme to coompare.

Paul

Thanks for the comments. It was never my intention to take the "normal" shot of this as I agree there are many taken with sunsets from the beach. I intentionally took this on the dunes as I wanted to include the grasses to give the foreground texture and create a slightly different viewing aspect.


Quote: I like this picture, there are lots of ways this could be edited.

Composition - I would have taken the picture slightly to the left so the grass doesn't cover the right hand side of the castle. Also would have had the bank at one third high in the picture, this would have exposed more of the castle.

Editing - The back lit castle would have been sharpened up and throw a bit of fill light in there to bring the detail out of them castle walls. Gradient filter on the sky with a bit of dodge and burn.

Gareth

There has been editing already along the lines you suggest but care must be taken not to over edit! If you feel you can improve the shot then please apply mods and post it and we can judge.

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gareth01422
23 Nov 2012 - 10:49 AM


Quote: Far from the classical images of Bamburgh, but quite effective. Not sure it would sell though, not that that was necessarily your attention. I have many images of the castle, almost all classic views but in very different lighting. The ones that sell in the libraries are mostly shot in evening light from the beach to the north with the castle both frame filling and also quite small.

So, nice to see a different viewpoint and you have done it well at first sight. The focus is on the grass very close to the camera and I think this was the right choice but would need to see the other extreme to coompare.

Paul

Thanks for the comments. It was never my intention to take the "normal" shot of this as I agree there are many taken with sunsets from the beach. I intentionally took this on the dunes as I wanted to include the grasses to give the foreground texture and create a slightly different viewing aspect.

I like this picture, there are lots of ways this could be edited.

Composition - I would have taken the picture slightly to the left so the grass doesn't cover the right hand side of the castle. Also would have had the bank at one third high in the picture, this would have exposed more of the castle.

Editing - The back lit castle would have been sharpened up and throw a bit of fill light in there to bring the detail out of them castle walls. Gradient filter on the sky with a bit of dodge and burn.

Gareth

There has been editing already along the lines you suggest but care must be taken not to over edit! If you feel you can improve the shot then please apply mods and post it and we can judge.

Yer totally agree, it is very easy to over edit images. It would be better to use the RAW file to get the detail back from the castle walls. I will take a screen shot and see what i can do when I get home. Topaz is very good at getting detail back so I will use this and see how it turns out.

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 11:31 AM

A dramatic image. Nice light
An interesting view point. I think the point is that you like your composition, unusual as it is. From the general viewers point of view (like me) the main part of the image is of grassy sandy bank with a castle partly hidden behind grass. I have seen the Castle but would not have recognised it from this photo. This may not matter to you but composition wise there are short comings suggested above. I'm all for something different but for me this does not work too well.
regards
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2012 - 4:57 PM

As always, you do what you like best. The thing with well known scenes is that you either try to do something totally different, or you do the standard with a twist if possible. I obviously don't know if you have selling experience but, if trying to sell, the standards often win.

Paul

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