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Another from the NI Meet. I tried an HDR of this, and this version which was just one shot with various filters, but I'm not really happy with either of them as the castle ended up so noisy, although if I had exposed for the castle I would have entirely blown the sky *sigh*

Anyway, C&Cs welcome

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Sigma 10-20
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Dunluce Castle Sunset
Username:rowarrior rowarrior
Uploaded:21 Sep 2009 - 8:22 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Beautiful shot

Chris

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Scott_Scot
21 Sep 2009 - 8:27 PM

The dark castle just adds even more atmosphere.

Crackin' !!!!




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steveb
steveb  9329 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Sep 2009 - 8:31 PM

Good composition and great light.

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martin.w
martin.w  12350 forum posts United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 8:44 PM

Tend to agree with Scotty, I like it like this Smile

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 8:50 PM

Beautiful image.
Joan.

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 8:55 PM

Wonderful atmospheric shot
Mary

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 8:56 PM

It's a bit scary, but I like it!

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Ganto
Ganto  8769 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 9:02 PM

You did very well here lassie!

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

Nowt wrong with this, pretty cool Katy, like it...

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

Ha, ha, noticed your tags, brilliant...

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

That'll have them thinking....

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DaveMead  4 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 10:31 PM

Looks fine to me.
Dave

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2009 - 10:57 PM

Beautiful image with super colours
Alexa

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PD_BARBS
PD_BARBS  5 Ireland
22 Sep 2009 - 9:11 AM

I think this is a lovely shot, love the foreground you used here and you got alot out of the sky.

Can I ask what combination of filters you used, as all my shots (about 100) of Dunluce, were absolute crap.

I would have been delighted to get anything near as good as you managed here.

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Codiac
Codiac  7304 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 11:53 AM

This is very nice, its a very hard place to photograph IMO and i always have to blend exposures. well done

Gary

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alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 3:57 PM

Nowt wrong with this. You know the joy of photography is that you can get a lot of detail, but that some bits are best left unseen. The silhouette of the castle actually adds to the whole, so don't beat yourself up - just say that's what you intended all along Smile
The Da

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RoddBC  840 forum posts United States
22 Sep 2009 - 6:01 PM

Wow, outstanding shot!

Rodd

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2009 - 7:59 PM

Thank you all.

Peter I used my 2 stop and 3 stop grad on this. It was taken quite a bit after the sun had set (8:20 pm acording to the exif data!) which helped a bit. ISO was 100, aperture f/16, shutter speed 3.2 secs

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PD_BARBS
PD_BARBS  5 Ireland
22 Sep 2009 - 8:26 PM

Thanks Katy,

Maybe I should have stayed abit longer. excellent stuff

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
24 Sep 2009 - 9:05 PM

Lovely shot with super colours,like this one a lot.

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25 Sep 2009 - 6:54 PM

Looks more dramatic like this Katy. A wonderful sky . x

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Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2009 - 7:22 PM

Just caught up with this one Katy (and I was hoping to join in but was offered a trip to Greece instead! Smile) I visited this site in December last year but didn't have time to get down to the beach. Still want to though!

I think you are being a bit hard on yourself its a very atmospheric shot IMO
Ben

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 1:01 PM

A beautiful shot Kate, a great atmosphere with lovely colours and reflections and the silhouette of the castle has a strong enough outline to work as it is.
But if you have a lighter version with castle detail it sounds as though you also have the relevant exposures to achieve a little of what you wanted and lift the shadows. Have you tried a bit of manual HDR, adding a 2nd layer with the lighter version which you only get to show through where this image is dark and then adjust the opacity for subtlety? (I can explain how to do this with PSPX2 but do know that Photoshop has the identical feature somewhere!)
Tim

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 9:27 PM

Thanks guys, and Ben, Greece? pah, it was lovely on the north Antrim coast that weekend!

Tim, unfortunately in even the lightest exposures the castle is pretty dark, although I think I know what you mean, so I'll give that idea a go, thanks Smile

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Landlord  725 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 11:52 AM

Excellent image.

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2009 - 11:12 AM

Great picture Kate - Like others have said the drakness and the high contrast works well with the saturated colours.
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