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Carrickfergus Castle

By Allistairg1964
Looking for a lead in to the castle
Uploaded this from my phone will upload the original later

Tags: Architecture

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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1976 England
12 May 2021 12:57PM
The leading lines work OK, but might be even better from close to the water, with less non-castle on the right.

The EXIF is a bit wayward - 1600 ISO was unnecessary, and 200 would still have allowed around 1/200 exposure, which is well within limits for a 35mm lens.

I'll try a crop. Although the curve and composition will still not be as they might for a shot taken from ten feet to your left, it may suggest a route you can take next time.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
12 May 2021 4:55PM
I agree with dudlers comments above.

In addition: underexposed quite a bit, perhaps deliberate to protect highlights? Perhaps you can confirm.

Still some spots on the sensor, needs a cleaning.

I uploaded a mod with a crop, exposure tweaked, a little sharpening, spots removed.

Its a nice location for some good shots.


mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.7k 2575 United Kingdom
12 May 2021 5:30PM
Just to add to the above - you have composed this to make use of the foreground lines, which is a good idea, but I suspect that you could have made better use.

The edge of the path hits the bottom right corner quite neatly, but I'd like to see the diagonal of the edge of the quayside on the left meeting the bottom left corner, that would anchor it down and create your lead-line; and more space to the left of the castle as that's where the eye is travelling from, less to the right which is where the eye stops.

I wonder if moving around a bit to the right, and maybe moving in closer but going for wider angle, would have given that? I'm imagining standing nearer to that foreground right bollard, zooming out to around 25mm, and placing the castle on the right...

The important thing is to move around, always looking through the lens.
Thank you for your comments
First I underexposed it to try different editing
Willie it is a fabulous place for photographers I have a few ideas for when it opens again
I will get the sensor / lens cleaned as soon as things open up here
I am still learning only been at photography less that a year
Thank you Again

dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 836 England
12 May 2021 10:11PM

Quote:First I underexposed it to try different editing

Anything particular in mind?
The issue with underexposing, particularly at higher ISO, even with a good sesnor, is that any editing, especially with regards to shadow areas and detail, results in degradation of image quality rather sooner than later.

Using evening sidelighting is good.

Quote:it is a fabulous place for photographers I have a few ideas for when it opens again

It's worth spending a while exploring different viewpoints.
18 May 2021 4:21PM
Hope you don't mind my having a look at your photograph.
My main issue with the original is the weather, I image you could go back on a stormy day and get some great skies and have a very atmospheric image.
The other issue for me is what is it saying. I think there are 2 tales for castles 1, an enchanted fairy castle , which this is not or 2, a structure of power meant to dominate and oppress, which this is and was as it was built by the Normans and then the English to keep the Irish in their place.
Therefore , I have tried , not very well perhaps, to give this a sense of brooding oppressiveness and convey that story.
I have cropped as John as the right side only detracts and then in Silver Efex darkened down to hopefully emphasise the tower leaving the windows, eye like , watching.
I'd go back in the rain, it is Northern Ireland after all so there's bound to be a bit!
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1976 England
20 May 2021 10:32PM
Geriant's mod is magical - it shows just how much you can add with a thoughtful edit.

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