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This shot was taken from a hill looking towards Corfe Castle and Corfe Village in Dorset,
Have tonne mapped it on photomatix, Quite like the result,
Thanks for all the votes and comments on my previous shots
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wonderful comp and light a beauty nice one
A superb image, Tilney!
Classic Corfe view but Composition-wise you needed to come left a touch, as the castle is more important than getting the cemetery in.
On the tone mapping front I feel you should put back the non-mapped sky as it is now carrying noise and has gone flat.
very interesting and different view...liek the treatment. See someone won a prize recently for a shot of Corfe coming out of the mist. Keep working it
A lovely scene, well caught.
I feel the castle has been a little lost in this one, perhaps down to your post processing.
I quite like 'Paintman's' mod, but it's a shame he hasn't bothered to tell you how he achieved it!
Thanks for all the comments,
Agree with all the advice and do like Paintman modification,
I you read this could you maybe tell me what you did
I think tone mapping this scene was the wrong choice in this lighting as it could easily be done in one shot or without running it through Photomatix. The dynamic range is within the exposure limits of your camera's sensor so tone mapping or HDR effects are overkill and unnecessary. All they'll do is flatten the contrast of the photo and will produce something like the flat, dull sky you have in the shot above.
The position of the castle is below the horizon so its sense of power and authority over the landscape and the town has been reduced. It is also lacking in contrast and colour, seeming to blend into the hill behind. I would say this has to be the main subject of the photo and the town the secondary subject.
The light and shadows are good but not spectacular. Clouds would help the sky, but as there weren't any on the day there's not a lot you can do about it. I've had many days like that and it's a bit frustrating If you can go back there in different weather conditions then it will create different moods to the photographs.
With the main areas I've highlighted in mod 2 I made selections in PS and altered them to change the emphasis on each.
I thought area 1 in mod 2 was too dominant and had the most colour, contrast, detail and sharpening. I reduced all of these slightly so ( hopefully ) the eye could be directed to the main subject, the castle.
The shadows in areas 2 and 3 are too blue imo so I reduced the saturation of the blue and cyan colours to a level where I thought they were balanced in the photo.
In areas 3 and 4 I thought the sharpening was overdone, especially in the graveyard and around the church so I blurred these parts with Gaussian blur at around 0.5 pixels, or thereabouts. If this is too much then just reduce the opacity to suit the image.
Area 5, the sky was selected and altered using a curves layer so the horizon becomes lighter and the top of the photo becomes darker. The sky colour was changed using a selective colour layer. I reduced the noise in the sky too which helped to smooth the 'grain'.
I also used a selective colour layer to change the colour of the photo so there was more red in it.
I gave it a vignette and brightened the center portion. Area 6, the castle and hill was selected and given a boost in contrast and colour using curves. I then used dodge and burn techniques to darken the shadows and lighten the parts in sunlight. Hopefully this makes the castle the main subject of the photo.
I sharpened the photo using the High Pass filter. There were parts of the photo I didn't want sharpened so I used a layer mask and painted in black at different opacities to control the look of the sharpening.
When sharpening your photos try to sharpen selectively and not so much that halos can be seen. Generally the main subject needs to be sharpened the most and the secondary subject less so. All other areas are either not sharpened at all or only very slightly sharpened.
I'm not sure I explained the process very well so I hope you can gain something from it
This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.
Thank you very much Alan for going through what you did
In future I might take a bit more time editing my photos using your advice,
I really liked the mod so it's helpful that you told me how you did it,
I only use a very simple program called photoscape to edit my photos but will still try to use some of your advice,
I will agree that I maybe shouldn't of tonnne mapped this particular shot
( I sometimes get a bit carried away with using photomatix for every photo)
Once again, thanks for the advice
Gimp is a free image editing software package that has good reviews. I've tried to find two safe sites for you to download the program but you must check for yourself if you think they're safe and if your computer has the right spec for it to work properly.
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