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Abbey Ruins 2

By Julesworks
A shot taken, quite difficult to get the whole building in with my camera, so please feel free to comment on how it can be modified and improved as a picture of historical interest.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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21 Mar 2009 11:03AM
An interesting take on this classical building, the shame what King Henry VIII did to and the others but that's history. Also enjoyed the others.

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21 Mar 2009 11:16AM
Thank you for your comments Timothy, the history of any building is fascinating, with Glastonbury in olden times so much change and upheavel occurred for those who lived there and in the surrounding area. But like you say that is history and today we have the remains to prove that it was once a very grand place of worship. Jules
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
21 Mar 2009 11:34AM
How about a pic of the Tor, Jules, I know Glastonbury well! An excellent capture of the Abbey. Carol
PS Are you from the Glastonbury area?
conrad 13 10.9k 116
21 Mar 2009 12:17PM
Well, you got most of it in the shot, by the looks of it, and a pleasing sky as well, with blue and some white clouds. The building doesn't lean too much due to distortion, so that's not bad at all. The only thing I would want to do something about is that is seems a bit purplish all over. Not sure if it's a colour cast or that the hue or balance of the tones is just wrong. If I were viewing this on my pc with PhotoShop right now I'd make you a mod to correct it, but I'm not...
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
21 Mar 2009 12:58PM
HI Julie,

The main tweak I would suggest for this is white balance, - its too blue, and perhaps you camera will allow you to chose the white balance to use rather than auto? If so, use daylight for this type of shot. To make this change I used Photoshop to identify the black and white extremes using Threshold, and then Curves to adjust.
Its often best to take a number of shots from different angles of historic buildings, as youve been doing in your portfolio, since its difficult to get it all in a single shot, - then perhaps you can make a collage of images.

Hope this helps,


21 Mar 2009 1:50PM
Thank you Critique team, I agree on the "purplish" hue and the mod that Willie did is much better, will experiment with other shots that I have to try and perfect them. I suppose that is a price you pay when using a digital camera on auto because I don't have the skill and knowledge yet. Thanks again, Jules
wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2009 7:02PM
Nice work, good comp Jules, but i agree with the team, the mod is fine and how im sure the scene looked to your eyes? I'm afraid you should get that camera of your's off auto, coz it very rarely chooses the correct shot for you!! Anyhow keep 'em coming!
tony64 14 204 9 England
19 Apr 2009 11:40PM
Hi Jules! I was also wondering about straightening? Try select all, and edit/transform/skew to straighten. Use the grid overlay to check your horizontals and verticals! PM me if you have a problem.
It is often worth pulling back and getting more in, so you can straighten and crop later. That way you get all you building in as well.

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