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Celtic Carving

By Robin_TB
The Font at the church in Portchester Castle, shot with natural light through the open door rather than with a flash. Turned into Black and White using Elements 7.

Will prob upload the original colour image shortly.

Tech Details
Exposure 1/2 Sec
ISO 100
Focal length 19mm

All comments welcome.

Tags: Celtic Black and white Digitally manipulated Carving Font Portchester castle

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 9:16AM
I think this image looks a little flat and soft. Increasing the contrast and adding some sharpening will give this photo more bite to the details and increase its impact for the viewer. I also made a slight crop to the top and left of the photo. This doesn't need to be done, although it does tighten the image up.


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paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 10:03AM
You don't say what support you used - 1/2 sec suggests you must have had a tripod or monopod? if not this is commendably sharp. You needed a little less exposure - about one stop. The highlight area is a bit too bright resulting in detail loss, but I think the detail is still there - could probably do the job in software,

Robin_TB 8 204 9 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 10:46AM
Thanks for the comments. As I recall I used a nearby chair for support as I didn't have my tripod with me. I agree that a bit more sharpening would have added to it although it looked ok before I uploaded it (time to check monitor settings!).

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3781 Canada
9 Jan 2011 2:41PM
Nice record shot of a very detailed piece of art.

A little strong on the light from the left that can easily be toned down in Photosop, while still being brighter than the right, and Ive done this in a mod. A little sharpening also helps as already mentioned. Theres lots of detail in the left side, and I used the highlight tool in CS4, though you could very carefully used the burn tool in E7

The reason theres a difference in what you saw and whats here is simple, and has noting to do with monitor calibration.

You have to use this method for re sizing:

FIRST, in image size, reduce PPI to 72, ensuring the bi-cubic mode is selected (this image is 240PPI); then set the longest side dimension to what the site allows; then save as, using the compression slider to get an appropriate file size. A size a little larger will normally be OK (a little, not twice the size!). The save with a new file name.

Open the newly sized file, and check it for sharpness. If it needs additional sharpening, - and many do, use ths approach with Unsharp mask:

Set Threshold = 3

Set Radius = 0.8

Slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, 500%, which will look awful due to being oversharpened, then slide it slowly to the left until it looks sharp, with no halos around edges like you had seen at 500%. The OK and save.

Hope this is helpful,


bugdozer 14 98 2
9 Jan 2011 4:33PM
I disagree that it's too "soft" in terms of contrast, given that the tones on the stonework itself range from almost bright white to deep black. Increasing the contrast will simply lose some of the darkest or lightest tones through clipping.
The thing that jumps out at me is the right side of the top rim of the font. It's very dark, so that it merges with the background and the top edge of the font becomes indistinct. Maybe worth adjusting the exposure to capture that detail and then using a bit of selective dodging to keep it visible.

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