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Old Wardour's treat

By redstag  
It always pays to do some research before venturing out on a landscape shoot.
I don't mean look on a map, notice a red castle thingy and think 'Oh that looks interesting, think I'll go and have a gander!'
No, what you should be checking is the direction the buildings face, will it be better to go in the evening or morning, is there public access, and of course, most important, is it OPEN!
I didn't do this research so apart from a couple of shots taken through the closed barred and locked gates, this was about the best shot of the evening!
Not to worry, I had a nice trip out and the sunset though not great, added a splash of colour to some nice clouds.
I went to London today, not far from Soho, then this title came to me. Coincedence? Or just a bad pun.
Never mind, I hope you enjoy the shot of this old castle (actually as a 14century example, probably not that old in the castle scheme of things). The Cavaliers and Roundheads both had a pop at destrying it in the civil war, it was then landscaped into the grounds of New Wardour House by Capability Brown, it's an ill wind as they say...

All comments welcome, thanks for looking.


Tags: Sunset Castle Architecture Wiltshire Hdr Old wardour Landscape and travel Did i mention

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Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 7:08PM
Wonderful sky, great image.

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helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 7:09PM
Well inspite of everything this is a super shot of that sky. It gets my vote for that anyway, apart from the building.
laurab 15 53 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 7:14PM
Great sky!
Matman 10 37 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 7:19PM
It just goes to show that we are all different and see things with totally different eyes!...Smile

I like the composition Jon, but although the comments above make a point of mentioning how much they like the sky, it is the sky in this image that I don't like!...:-(

I have an image on my PF that I uploaded which was an early attempt at HDR, but although I liked it at the time I quickly went off the effect it had. People call it painterly, surreal etc, but except for the odd image that I see, it doesn't work for me.


Briwooly 12 452 5 England
28 May 2008 7:55PM
I like the effect Jon gives the shot a real boost and brings out the best of the light

Hebe 10 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 8:16PM
That sky is amazing, lovely shot.
User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 8:16PM
Excellent shot, well captured and processed

Sezz 13 617 15 England
28 May 2008 8:41PM
It's an impressive ruin isn't it Jon, bit of a trek to find it but worth the effort! An unusual angle and I like the sky Wink

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redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
28 May 2008 8:46PM
For the record Matt I've uploaded a single exposure conversion of this shot (cropped a bit differently too, but what the heck!)

I do think that HDR is unkind to skies, and sometimes I do merge HDR and non HDR images to acheive balance. Today I am in a totally HDR mood! Wink

The sky was pretty cool anyway, so maybe tomorrow I'll do a combo shot!

Thanks for the comment, and to everyone else as well, I am pleased with this shot from what looked like an abortive trip. And yes Sezz, it is quite a trek Smile

AlanC1 11 1 England
28 May 2008 10:12PM
Superb study well done
shortski 11 3 1 England
28 May 2008 10:53PM
You may have other lens's but 'aint the 10-20 just the best fun!! cracking image...jojo
29 May 2008 6:42AM
Well worked Jon, what a great sky, looks just the place to be with a camera, with all those old walls, Adrian
Wooly 12 112 4 England
29 May 2008 9:13AM
Nice work Jon, I like it.

HDR can sometimes be a bit too agressive on skies, producing grey clouds that don't fit the scene, I often tone map two versions, then compound these in P/S.

DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
29 May 2008 9:21AM
Another stunning image from Jon.
I think for me that image three is best.
The sky is beautiful. Smile

redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 9:51AM
Alan, that is my usual process, and is what I did in V1, but, I think this sky is just too much for tonemapping maybe!

It also comes down to taste. So thanks all for the comments, particularly Matt, as it made me look again at the image, and I think v3 is stronger for that. Good critique Matt!

Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 2:19PM
Looks like you still enjoyed it. Great HDR as always and the added colour really does bring out the textures in the clouds. Stunning work.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
29 May 2008 7:00PM
3 Great shots, like 1 and 3 myself, lovely shot.

danbrann Plus
13 636 17
29 May 2008 7:25PM
Well worked Jon. Yu oviously have a system that works for you.
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 10:31PM
you dont need an excuse to use the 10-20 jon, and you've used it to good effect in this shot...

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
30 May 2008 9:12AM
I enjoy looking at your hdr processing...always different and striking..
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
30 May 2008 9:18AM
Thanks Chris, I know HDR divides opinion. I amy try doing some straight shots soon!
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
30 May 2008 6:44PM
It's certainly an impressive sky, which doesn't need hdr to look impressive, but I think both versions look great.

VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2008 9:28PM
That's some sky.
robincoombes 10 1 5 Wales
7 Jul 2008 9:49PM
Agree I think sky is effective and works well

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