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Mid Causeway: Culross.

By Tooma
Another peek at a Scottish Town - more village size - this is Culross - pronounced, Kooross, with the emphasis on the first syllable. It sits on the north side of the Firth of Forth about a mile East of the Kincardine Bridges.

" Culross is Scotlandís most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries.

White-harled houses with red-tiled roofs line the steep cobbled streets which run from the market cross to the hilltop abbey. In the centre is the ochre-coloured palace with its beautifully reconstructed period garden, complete with herbs, fruit and vegetables, and rare Scots Dumpy hens. Get a sense of what it would have been like to live in Culross Palace in its prime, with original painted woodwork and beautifully restored 17th- and 18th-century interiors.

Itís little wonder that Culross is acknowledged as one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland - or that itís so often used as a film and television location."

V1 is the colour version as shot.

Tags: Mono Coastal Scenic Cobbled street Fife Landscape and travel Culross Fifeshire East Scotland

Voters: VincentChristopher, taggart, Daisymaye and 32 more

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Comments


Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
1 Jul 2020 2:16AM
Does anyone else find their pics look about a third of a stop down when they upload? Just noticed it over the past 3/4 months.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
1 Jul 2020 2:36AM
It is a most charming village-- I like the colors in your version-- Will there be more images?
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
1 Jul 2020 2:56AM
I prefer the colour version. Looks a lovely town. The mono is like a sketch the way you've processed it.
debu 11 India
1 Jul 2020 3:12AM
Beautiful images.
Debu
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
1 Jul 2020 3:33AM
Lovely images of this charming location Tom ( both ) Smile
Ian Smile
Beautiful image and narrative, like both but mono brings something special to the party I feel!
Geoff
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
1 Jul 2020 8:02AM
Brings back memories ! Know it well !
Robert51 13 7 126 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 8:41AM
I really like these and for me the b&w works better.

The hing about looking darker is all to do with the profile that the image is saved in.
PhilT2 Plus
11 568 32 England
1 Jul 2020 9:08AM
My preference here is the colour version. The cobbled street is so in keeping with the houses. Not many remain. Super composition Tom.
Not noticed the variation in exposure that you mention, but there is always a difference between my laptop and tablet in how the image looks
Phil
doolittle 12 2 3 South Africa
1 Jul 2020 9:22AM
Love the colour version - it's an exceptionally beautiful scene. The B&W version doesn't have enough contrast for me.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
1 Jul 2020 10:24AM
The black and white conversion to me on this instance did not work because the only real black area is the area under the parked car. The picture looks like being shot with an Agfa APX b&w film I used to shoot with. It is the subject itself which is not as "suitable" for black and white. Not a lot shadows if there is no sunshine and the sun is not angled enough or behind lots of cloud.

I would rather go for colour and that is why I voted for it.

I have an alternative colouring and framing suggestion. Try it in sepia with a square format. Start your image from the left, keep the road but exclude the parked cars. Then from the right side crop to exclude the traffic sign. I think you would not need to crop in top or bottom. That would echo louder the notion of "old" you wanted to succeed.

pablophotographer
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
1 Jul 2020 12:21PM

Quote:Does anyone else find their pics look about a third of a stop down when they upload? Just noticed it over the past 3/4 months.

I have often noticed this, so I now download and view it on-line and if it looks too dark alter the brightness before the final download. You can keep changing your image until satisfied then posting.
It is a great place to visit but you need to get your WB spot-on with all the whitewashed buildings. They should also make it car free, as they often spoil your final result. I think the colour version shows the beauty of the location very well.
Ian
Fefe Plus
10 61 37 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 3:47PM
Love the mono!
Great detail Grin
Diane
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
2 Jul 2020 12:48AM

Quote:
Quote:Does anyone else find their pics look about a third of a stop down when they upload? Just noticed it over the past 3/4 months.

I have often noticed this, so I now download and view it on-line and if it looks too dark alter the brightness before the final download. You can keep changing your image until satisfied then posting.
It is a great place to visit but you need to get your WB spot-on with all the whitewashed buildings. They should also make it car free, as they often spoil your final result. I think the colour version shows the beauty of the location very well.
Ian

I found I needed to do the same as you, Ian, as some as some shots looked a full stop down, but it is a fairly recent thing for me having to check how my shots look b4 finalising them. I much prefer the colour too, but thought it was also suit mono, which a lot of people like to see. Smile
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
2 Jul 2020 2:45AM

Quote: but thought it was also suit mono, which a lot of people like to see. Smile


I bet there are a lot of people who would like to see Pippa's rear Smile but a photographer (unless commissioned otherwise) should shoot what he/she likes rather than what others like to see...

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