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Shadows of Time 2

By CathyI  
Following my upload from the weekend, I’ve taken a similar image (also from Castlerigg stone circle, Keswick) and processed it according to the very helpful advice I received. I think this has a lot more “oomph” than Sunday’s original version...what do you think?

Here’s the technical details:
Exposure: ISO 100, 1/25th sec. @f16, 2-stop ND grad over the sky
Lightroom: dark tones lightened via curves (+36) shadows lightened via curves (+18), colours saturated (+8), contrast increased (+7)
PS Elements: gradient layer applied over the sky to darken it, selective burning of highlights/midtones in the brightest clouds, slight increase in brightness, sharpened (standard “filter – sharpen” settings) and resized/bordered

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Morning Lakes Shadows Monument Keswick History National trust Prehistoric Castlerigg stone circle Landscape and travel Neolithic

Voters: RobboB, Shutterbybaby, Bob_V and 16 more

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RobboB Plus
14 133 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 4:52PM
Excellent composition and presentation. Will done
19 Jun 2008 4:59PM
Good light and composition

CathyI 17 344 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 5:03PM
Thank you!
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 5:19PM
Super I like it well done !!
CathyI 17 344 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 5:25PM
CathyI 17 344 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 10:33PM
Thanks for the mod Paintman! Could I ask you what exactly you did? I particularly love the way the rays are more visible against the this a "play" with the contrast or have you done something different?
19 Jun 2008 11:45PM
Beautiful image great detail well presented
CathyI 17 344 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 11:57PM
Thank you!
Paintman Plus
15 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 7:02AM
Hi Cathy,

I used the raw version you put up and duplicated the image. Processing one image for the sky I added contrast to bring out the clouds a bit more then desaturated the cyan so the blue wasn't so overpowering. The duplicated image was processed for the land. Again, I added contrast using levels and curves and saturated slightly.

After this I used the move tool to place one image over the other and created a layer mask. I then blended the best of both images in using the brush tool. I then flattened the layers once I was happy with it.

Using the dodge and burn tools was how I accentuated the rays of sunshine, which were already there, but needed a bit of help, IMO. I dodged the highlight areas on the main stones to give them a bit more emphasis too.

Regards, Alan.
CathyI 17 344 3 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 8:24AM
Ahhh...thanks very much for the info!

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