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Chatsworth

By Timpsonboy
It was a really dull day when i took this so rather than use the flash i tweeked the ISO up .Not sure if i did it too much as the bricks look a bit bleached but it certainly brightened it up!

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I think the colour look a little flat. I'll have a play and see if I can help improve it a bit.

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puertouk 4 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2012 9:04PM
Hi Michael, nice image which needs a little boost. I put it in Photoshop CS6 ACW, adjusted the contrast, clarity, sharpening and masking. I levelled the image. I then opened it up in PS copied the background layer twice, did a curves and levels adjustment. Reduced the saturation in hue/saturation. I then did a bleach effect in colour EFX Pro. I used the dodge tool to brighten under the bridge to also bring that out a little. Hope you like it.
Stephen
Jestertheclown 7 7.2k 249 England
5 Jun 2012 9:10PM
As you say, it is a bit flat. Presumably the weather wasn't on your side.
Anyway, I've applied an 'S' curve which has taken care of the contrast, thus lifting the blacks. I then used the shadows/highlights tool to tone down the highlights and de-saturated the yellow and green channels to taste. Really, I should have sharpened it too.
It also look as if it's crooked but the vertical line formed by the corner of the wall about 1/3rd fro the left is vertical, so I assume that the rest really is falling over!
Hope this helps.

Bren.
pablophotographer 4 590 239
6 Jun 2012 3:58PM
Hello, please help me understand, what is the subject of your picture? I have got an serious eyesight problem and took me more than 4 looks in your picture to realise it includes some sheep, actually in the beginning I thought they are fallen parts of the wall and seeing the picture so empty I thought you needed to include some of the animals that the Duke and the Duchess breed. (I was very fond of their chicken, they are quite photogenic and you can usually find them on the top of the hill opposite of the souvenirs shop.) Chatsworth is a lovely place for photography and this is a picture from a spot I have not come across before, the gardens and the water fountain as well as the statues (old and modern) are my favourite subjects. Technically it is my impression it leans towards to the right, judging from the top of the picture. I think I would have shot it from the hip to exclude much of the top part (almost 1/5th), and include more part of the two trees from the lower side of the leaves. If you can visit the place again, do so, even the countryside outside the Chatsworth House is lovely.
pamelajean Plus
10 951 1803 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2012 11:06PM
I like the subject, Michael, the sheep and the lovely shape of the arch, with the path leading us through it and beyond, and I think that little archway has a lot of photographic potential. It's good that the sheep are watching you, too, as this helps to engage the viewer.
I think I would have approached this a little differently, perhaps using portrait/vertical format and eliminating the large amount of wall and path on the left. This would enable you to include more of the background (the area behind the archway) at the top, and especially the tops of the trees. The top of the arch looks like a nice feature, too, with its stepped stonework. I am finding that I want to see more on the top right. So landscape format would not have been my choice, and I wonder if you took any different alternative shots. If not, and if you were to have the opportunity to do this again, you might like to try my suggestion.
The second modification, where the vertical of the wall has been straightened, works best for me. If you look at the horizontal lines of the brickwork, you will see that they slope to the right in your original.
Despite the dull weather, you did well, and your colours are nice and natural.
Pamela.
9 Jun 2012 6:28PM

Quote:I like the subject, Michael, the sheep and the lovely shape of the arch, with the path leading us through it and beyond, and I think that little archway has a lot of photographic potential. It's good that the sheep are watching you, too, as this helps to engage the viewer.
I think I would have approached this a little differently, perhaps using portrait/vertical format and eliminating the large amount of wall and path on the left. This would enable you to include more of the background (the area behind the archway) at the top, and especially the tops of the trees. The top of the arch looks like a nice feature, too, with its stepped stonework. I am finding that I want to see more on the top right. So landscape format would not have been my choice, and I wonder if you took any different alternative shots. If not, and if you were to have the opportunity to do this again, you might like to try my suggestion.
The second modification, where the vertical of the wall has been straightened, works best for me. If you look at the horizontal lines of the brickwork, you will see that they slope to the right in your original.
Despite the dull weather, you did well, and your colours are nice and natural.
Pamela.

Thanks for your comments .I am a complete novice here and as the company i work for is using the fuji HS10 for portrait photography i took the oppertunity to borrow a camera and use only manual settings to see how to use the camera for photographs rather than snapsI am tinkering with the rule of thirds and alsorts of things i never nknew exisited so i will keep trying.
9 Jun 2012 6:34PM

Quote:Hi Michael, nice image which needs a little boost. I put it in Photoshop CS6 ACW, adjusted the contrast, clarity, sharpening and masking. I levelled the image. I then opened it up in PS copied the background layer twice, did a curves and levels adjustment. Reduced the saturation in hue/saturation. I then did a bleach effect in colour EFX Pro. I used the dodge tool to brighten under the bridge to also bring that out a little. Hope you like it.
Stephen

Hi thank you for the modifacations it looks great.Just started with photography and finding it difficult but challenging and more to it than meets the eye lol.
12 Jun 2012 11:06AM
hi mate left you a modification did a bit of cropping to make the sheep more of a feature and gave it a postcard picture feel see what you think
31 Dec 2012 12:16PM
Michael, Well done, You have made a great start, Keep going. Happy new Year.

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