High Pressure

By woolybill1
I have been trying to find a 'different' viewpoint for photographing Prudhoe Castle for years now. Last month I found what I wanted, using a telephoto lens over some treetops to avoid the intervening factory buildings. But the dull grey sky was unappetising; I kept a photo just for reference.

Then ten days ago the sky was blue, the light was bright, and I found an even better position. Unfortunately the high atmospheric pressure that supplied the bright light and the blue stratosphere also retained the mist in the valley and kept the industrial smog positioned precisely over the Castle so I couldn't get the detail I wanted on the medieval stonework.

Now the autumn leaves are gone . . .


Thanks to Ann Chown for the unexpected extra of her U.A. on 1 In ROPE.

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Comments


The light through the leaves and their colour are a delightful frame for the old castle. Top marks for tenacity Bill. We play a waiting game at times and it can pay great dividends.

Dougie

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MacroMeister 3 62 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:11AM
The leaves have been captured very well, but I'm finding the buildings behind are taking my attention away too much. They are too dominant. Cropping some off the bottom seems to help.
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:23AM

Quote:The leaves have been captured very well, but I'm finding the buildings behind are taking my attention away too much. They are too dominant. Cropping some off the bottom seems to help.

I'm afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?
mrswoolybill Plus
9 928 1463 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:24AM
As you know I like this a lot, the way the leaves part for the Castle keep and swoop around it.
Moira
MacroMeister 3 62 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:32AM

Quote:'m afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?

Yes, I did read it, and the main thrust of it was stated in the first sentence - you wanted to get a different view of the castle. However, when we view images or paintings, or anything for that matter we rarely have the benefit of an explanation as to what exactly was in the mind of the creator. We have to rely on what the image itself can tell us by the way in which it is constructed, processed, and presented. For me, it just doesn't work, but as I said before, I like the leaves.

You asked for comments on the image (can that be suppressed on here?) If you don't want comments, then I can't really see the point of asking for them.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 928 1463 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:32AM
A bit of information to fill out Bill's introduction: Prudhoe Castle, built in the 12th Century by the Umfraville family, descendants of one of William the Conqueror' knights, is one of the finest of the Northumbrian castles and the only one that was never taken by the Scots. It is now surrounded by a sprawling housing estate on one side and an industrial estate with, famously, the biggest loo-roll factory in Europe on the other side, and English Heritage has made the mistake of allowing some incredibly fast-growing trees to invade the mound. It's not an easy subject to photograph!
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:35AM

Quote:'m afraid you do not seem to have grasped the intention of the photograph. Have you actually read and understood the introduction?
Yes, I did read it, and the main thrust of it was stated in the first sentence - you wanted to get a different view of the castle. However, when we view images or paintings, or anything for that matter we rarely have the benefit of an explanation as to what exactly was in the mind of the creator. We have to rely on what the image itself can tell us by the way in which it is constructed, processed, and presented. For me, it just doesn't work, but as I said before, I like the leaves.

You asked for comments on the image (can that be suppressed on here?) If you don't want comments, then I can't really see the point of asking for them.



Unlike voting, comments can not be suppressed. You comment if you wish; I see your point of view but choose to disagree.
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 9:37AM
Thanks for your vote, Pete: it is very reassuring.
nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
16 Nov 2012 9:49AM
I think it is absolutely a brilliant shot! I find nothing to disturb the composition which is what makes it great.
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
16 Nov 2012 9:58AM
A beautiful piece of framing. The eye flows across the image nicely.
x
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
16 Nov 2012 10:13AM
I like the leaves being dominant but its the mystery in the castle behind that makes not breaks the image for me but as they say one man's meat.

gary
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
16 Nov 2012 10:55AM
Like your framing in this Bill, the choice of the telephoto works well here
Regards Richard
BarryC123 8 43 25 Ireland
16 Nov 2012 11:00AM
This works for me.
The colour and detailing of the leaves contrasting with the castle make for a fine composition, although just to be a bit awkward, I'd have cropped the leaves on the right side away, which would be completely unbalanced, admittedly, but sometimes that's how I feel...
Rogerex 10 32 12 Australia
16 Nov 2012 11:10AM
It may not have been what you wanted, but it is an interesting photo nonetheless, and I like it just the way it is. The castle provides interest in the background without overpowering the main point(s) of interest which is the leaves.
Roger
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
16 Nov 2012 11:54AM
The colour creates the impact, grabs your attention, then you look past them and start to decypher the de-focussed castle. A very effective image for me, although if I were to be picky I would have liked to have seen the keep in the centre of the gap in the leaves... I like mathematical order Smile... but that's just me.

Dave
danbrann Plus
11 616 17
16 Nov 2012 11:57AM
I'm keeping out of it.....
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 12:20PM
I love the backlit leaves and the mystery of the castle behind. The out of focus and silhouette is much more interesting than an in-focus building to my mind. Well done Bill.
Ann
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 12:21PM
Love those lit up, richly coloured leaves Bill - well composed with the framing of the castle - almost selective colouring SmileSmile
Helen
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
16 Nov 2012 12:31PM
Wonderful work as it is Bill.

Ken
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
16 Nov 2012 1:26PM
I like the light coming through the leaves here Bill. I was trying something similar with my Edge 80 yesterday - wasn't quite as successful with it as you've been here.

Anne
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
16 Nov 2012 1:32PM
This is absolutely brilliant. The color of the leaves and that grey amorphous building work together to make a most uncommon image. Nicely done!
16 Nov 2012 2:07PM
Beautiful red leaves. Well captured and composed image......Sandy
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
16 Nov 2012 2:21PM
A great natural frame for a silhouetted image, good thinking Bill.

Best Matt
Hop-A-Long 9 52 England
16 Nov 2012 3:08PM
You caught the detail in those leaves though which are being backlit perfectly for you.
Great choice of DOF as well.

Andy
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
16 Nov 2012 3:33PM
This Macromeister seems to be causing quite a stir on here! Sad
A fine capture, highlighting the leaves against the castle in the background - they may be gone, but are captured here forever...Wink
Trev Smile
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 4:39PM
Great shot !!!....love it !!!
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 4:39PM
Oh well thats 2 friends on this site this so called member has commented on. I liked it straight away and leaves frame the picture quite nicely.Wink
carper123 Plus
4 914 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 5:37PM
Another super creative image, Bill, well thought out and presented with good side lighting.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmile
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
16 Nov 2012 5:43PM
works for me...a fine bit of `fogging' Grin
16 Nov 2012 6:31PM
The Light through the Leaves is superb Bill.

John Smile
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 11:49PM
I know nothing about the technical bits...
All I know is that me likes it! It's an image that pleases me eyes! GrinGrin
Good work. IB
17 Nov 2012 3:49AM
enchanting image...
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
18 Nov 2012 9:13AM
very well seen and taken...

great use of light
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
18 Nov 2012 10:03AM
really like the light on the leaves, Bill.
another example of how the main subject can be out of focus, still remaining the main actor.
I think any crop of the bottom part would make the castle like floating in the air.


Quote:Unlike voting, comments can not be suppressed.


thank god!

francesco
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
18 Nov 2012 12:02PM
Lovely leaves framing a mysterious castle. Very unusual & I like it xxx
Tibetan 4 3 England
18 Nov 2012 3:49PM
As an artist over many many years!, I realise people do not see things in a standard way! and have found it is impossible to please everyone!.
I found that people know what they want until they get it! then change their mind why!; because their vision of what they wanted was not as I saw it! so big differences of opinion exist!, photographically what one person see's in the view finder or screen is not what some one else will see!; personally to my mind that is good or there would be no verity or originality to move us forward. With this particular photo my only attention was on the leaves the colour and detail, with an excellent light from behind, I am not a technical person photography wise! if it looks good and artistic to me pressed the shutter button and hope for a great result.
Sorry for being long winded so will just say I like it as it is!, regards Leon. back to my cage lol. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
22 Nov 2012 5:22PM
I like the natural use of selective colouring. The brightness of the autumn leaves where you've caught the light on them contrasts so well with the dull lifeless grey sky

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