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I have been trying to find a 'different' viewpoint for photographing Prudhoe Castle for years now. Last month I found what I wanted, using a telephoto lens over some treetops to avoid the intervening factory buildings. But the dull grey sky was unappetising; I kept a photo just for reference.

Then ten days ago the sky was blue, the light was bright, and I found an even better position. Unfortunately the high atmospheric pressure that supplied the bright light and the blue stratosphere also retained the mist in the valley and kept the industrial smog positioned precisely over the Castle so I couldn't get the detail I wanted on the medieval stonework.

Now the autumn leaves are gone . . .


Thanks to Ann Chown for the unexpected extra of her U.A. on 1 In ROPE.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Nov 2012 - 11:59 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:High Pressure
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:16 Nov 2012 - 8:58 AM
Tags:Community photography, Landscape, Photo journalism
Votes:49

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:04 AM

The light through the leaves and their colour are a delightful frame for the old castle. Top marks for tenacity Bill. We play a waiting game at times and it can pay great dividends.

Dougie

MacroMeister
16 Nov 2012 - 9:11 AM

The leaves have been captured very well, but I'm finding the buildings behind are taking my attention away too much. They are too dominant. Cropping some off the bottom seems to help.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:23 AM


Quote: The leaves have been captured very well, but I'm finding the buildings behind are taking my attention away too much. They are too dominant. Cropping some off the bottom seems to help.

I'm afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:24 AM

As you know I like this a lot, the way the leaves part for the Castle keep and swoop around it.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 16 Nov 2012 - 9:24 AM
MacroMeister
16 Nov 2012 - 9:32 AM


Quote: 'm afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?

Yes, I did read it, and the main thrust of it was stated in the first sentence - you wanted to get a different view of the castle. However, when we view images or paintings, or anything for that matter we rarely have the benefit of an explanation as to what exactly was in the mind of the creator. We have to rely on what the image itself can tell us by the way in which it is constructed, processed, and presented. For me, it just doesn't work, but as I said before, I like the leaves.

You asked for comments on the image (can that be suppressed on here?) If you don't want comments, then I can't really see the point of asking for them.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:32 AM

A bit of information to fill out Bill's introduction: Prudhoe Castle, built in the 12th Century by the Umfraville family, descendants of one of William the Conqueror' knights, is one of the finest of the Northumbrian castles and the only one that was never taken by the Scots. It is now surrounded by a sprawling housing estate on one side and an industrial estate with, famously, the biggest loo-roll factory in Europe on the other side, and English Heritage has made the mistake of allowing some incredibly fast-growing trees to invade the mound. It's not an easy subject to photograph!
Moira

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:35 AM


Quote: 'm afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?
Yes, I did read it, and the main thrust of it was stated in the first sentence - you wanted to get a different view of the castle. However, when we view images or paintings, or anything for that matter we rarely have the benefit of an explanation as to what exactly was in the mind of the creator. We have to rely on what the image itself can tell us by the way in which it is constructed, processed, and presented. For me, it just doesn't work, but as I said before, I like the leaves.

You asked for comments on the image (can that be suppressed on here?) If you don't want comments, then I can't really see the point of asking for them.

Unlike voting, comments can not be suppressed. You comment if you wish; I see your point of view but choose to disagree.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:37 AM

Thanks for your vote, Pete: it is very reassuring.

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:49 AM

I think it is absolutely a brilliant shot! I find nothing to disturb the composition which is what makes it great.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64544 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:58 AM

A beautiful piece of framing. The eye flows across the image nicely.
x

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6549 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 10:13 AM

I like the leaves being dominant but its the mystery in the castle behind that makes not breaks the image for me but as they say one man's meat.

gary

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 10:55 AM

Like your framing in this Bill, the choice of the telephoto works well here
Regards Richard

BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 11:00 AM

This works for me.
The colour and detailing of the leaves contrasting with the castle make for a fine composition, although just to be a bit awkward, I'd have cropped the leaves on the right side away, which would be completely unbalanced, admittedly, but sometimes that's how I feel...

Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 11:10 AM

It may not have been what you wanted, but it is an interesting photo nonetheless, and I like it just the way it is. The castle provides interest in the background without overpowering the main point(s) of interest which is the leaves.
Roger

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 11:54 AM

The colour creates the impact, grabs your attention, then you look past them and start to decypher the de-focussed castle. A very effective image for me, although if I were to be picky I would have liked to have seen the keep in the centre of the gap in the leaves... I like mathematical order Smile... but that's just me.

Dave

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 11:57 AM

I'm keeping out of it.....

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 12:20 PM

I love the backlit leaves and the mystery of the castle behind. The out of focus and silhouette is much more interesting than an in-focus building to my mind. Well done Bill.
Ann

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 12:21 PM

Love those lit up, richly coloured leaves Bill - well composed with the framing of the castle - almost selective colouring SmileSmile
Helen

franken
franken e2 Member 123177 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 12:31 PM

Wonderful work as it is Bill.

Ken

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 1:26 PM

I like the light coming through the leaves here Bill. I was trying something similar with my Edge 80 yesterday - wasn't quite as successful with it as you've been here.

Anne

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 1:32 PM

This is absolutely brilliant. The color of the leaves and that grey amorphous building work together to make a most uncommon image. Nicely done!

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 2:07 PM

Beautiful red leaves. Well captured and composed image......Sandy

Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 2:21 PM

A great natural frame for a silhouetted image, good thinking Bill.

Best Matt

Hop-A-Long
16 Nov 2012 - 3:08 PM

You caught the detail in those leaves though which are being backlit perfectly for you.
Great choice of DOF as well.

Andy

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 3:33 PM

This Macromeister seems to be causing quite a stir on here! Sad
A fine capture, highlighting the leaves against the castle in the background - they may be gone, but are captured here forever...Wink
Trev Smile

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4663 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 4:39 PM

Great shot !!!....love it !!!

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 4:39 PM

Oh well thats 2 friends on this site this so called member has commented on. I liked it straight away and leaves frame the picture quite nicely.Wink

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 5:37 PM

Another super creative image, Bill, well thought out and presented with good side lighting.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104030 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 5:43 PM

works for me...a fine bit of `fogging' Grin

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 6:31 PM

The Light through the Leaves is superb Bill.

John Smile

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 - 11:49 PM

I know nothing about the technical bits...
All I know is that me likes it! It's an image that pleases me eyes! GrinGrin
Good work. IB

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
17 Nov 2012 - 3:49 AM

enchanting image...

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 9:13 AM

very well seen and taken...

great use of light

frz67
frz67  5 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 10:03 AM

really like the light on the leaves, Bill.
another example of how the main subject can be out of focus, still remaining the main actor.
I think any crop of the bottom part would make the castle like floating in the air.


Quote: Unlike voting, comments can not be suppressed.

thank god!

francesco

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 12:02 PM

Lovely leaves framing a mysterious castle. Very unusual & I like it xxx

Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
18 Nov 2012 - 3:49 PM

As an artist over many many years!, I realise people do not see things in a standard way! and have found it is impossible to please everyone!.
I found that people know what they want until they get it! then change their mind why!; because their vision of what they wanted was not as I saw it! so big differences of opinion exist!, photographically what one person see's in the view finder or screen is not what some one else will see!; personally to my mind that is good or there would be no verity or originality to move us forward. With this particular photo my only attention was on the leaves the colour and detail, with an excellent light from behind, I am not a technical person photography wise! if it looks good and artistic to me pressed the shutter button and hope for a great result.
Sorry for being long winded so will just say I like it as it is!, regards Leon. back to my cage lol. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 5:22 PM

I like the natural use of selective colouring. The brightness of the autumn leaves where you've caught the light on them contrasts so well with the dull lifeless grey sky

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