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Castle Howard v.2

By DaveRyder  
A re-edit of the original - earlier in portfolio.
Straightened the verticals - although, from a low angle, in the original it was deliberate to attempt to create a more imposing edifice.
Removed the people and cropped more aggressively.
It was taken with the Olympus dramatic filter and then edited in Luminar 3.
As a grey overcast day the filter gave the sky some features, also the facade of the house.
While I'm happy with the results I would appreciate your comments on what I could do or have overdone.

Tags: Olympus Architecture Tamron Castle howard

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2019 9:27AM
Hi Dave, I had a look at the previous upload - I have to say that the perspective looks more natural here, because it is not apparent from the composition that we are looking up from a low viewpoint, we seem to be on the same level as the building. This is the building as everyone who watched Brideshead Revisited expects to see it, stately and imposing. (Showing my age there... )

For me this is crying out for mono, because of the tonal contrast between the cold sky and the warm sandstone, and because the green grass which is the least important part of the composition does rather grab the eye disproportionately. I have to go out, I shall have a go later.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.4k 9 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2019 10:42AM


For me this is crying out for mono,

A mono done - Thanks for your comments Moira
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
21 Jun 2019 1:23PM
Its also crying out for some sharpening. When you use lens correction for verticals, etc. its important to then apply sharpening, as the lens process pulls pixel around and softens the image quite a bit.

The mono is more suitable I think, and its a good conversion. This version works better than the original.

Ive sharpened and tweaked a little, with two mods, the second of which is a soft sepia treatment from NIK.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
21 Jun 2019 1:54PM
Overdone? I'm not sure if it's you or the Olympus filter, but to my eyes, the graduated filtering has been pulled a bit low over the top of the building.

Nothing else - it works in the rather drab, wet-weather colour, as the stonework and grass work well together.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.4k 9 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2019 2:45PM
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
John, the graduation is all Olympus. Although choosing the focus/exposure point does allow some control in live view.
Willie, oddly enough I added sharpening to B&W converstion but not colour. I will remember this in future if fiddling with lens corrections.
Never too old to learn.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.4k 9 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2019 5:59PM
Thanks for the mod. The darker sky effect certainly adds drama.
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
21 Jun 2019 6:55PM
I think you better photograph this grand edifice again, once it receives some proper sand blasting.
Imagine this beige limestone gleaming as it did when it was firstly built, rather than looking as if it was stuck in the middle of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
21 Jun 2019 9:35PM
I do like some of the built-in Olympus filters, but it's not got it right (in my eyes) in this case!

If you shoot RAW as well as JPG, you can do a straight version, and then apply darkening more selectively.

This has the look of a graduated filter pushed down too far, back in the days of film. With digital algorithms, Olympus have maanged to get it pushed down too far by the same amount in the central tower as everywhere else - a magnificent achievement, but not one to be proud of, corporately.

I suspect that the 'straight' version will have cleaner stone.

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