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So, a break from the seaside, but not from castles, I'm afraid.

Paul, Beth & I spent an enjoyable few hours at Chillingham Castle, on the recommendation of Tony & Glynnis Frith (thanks folks).

The castle has been around for a good few years (since the 13th Century!) and is currently being renovated by Sir Humprey Wakefield.

A fascinating place, full of bits and bobs, alongside all the grandeur you would expect, there were surprises round every corner. All available for having cameras pointed at them, too Smile

This little scenario was set up on the stairs leading to the "Edward I" room, which is where he stayed when he was fighting Mel Gibson (OOPS - - I mean William Wallace!)

Massive learning curve (almost a vertical scramble) for me here, I wanted to get the feel of the place across, with the texture of walls and stone steps that had seen hundreds of years of use, plus the detail in the idividual items. AND, it was really bright outside, so I know about the highlights on the drainpipe.

Anyway, it's an hdr of 3 images, tweaked and converted in CS3.

Thanks for looking and I'm sure you'll let me know what you think, have a gr8 Thursday. Off to tidy up the garden between showers today, and shift all the accumulated rubbish to the tip!

Cheers All!
Fran x

Camera:Canon E0S 400D
Lens:sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sleeping Beauty's Corner
Username:MrsS MrsS
Uploaded:21 Aug 2008 - 10:20 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Castle, Chillingham, General, Hdr, Interior, Spinning wheel
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pmorgan
pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:24 AM

FIRST!

Superb work Fran!

Rgds
Paul

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imander  8388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:27 AM

WOW THAT JUST LOOKS FANTASTIC, SUPER COMPOSITION AND TREATMENT
IAN

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ  7 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:29 AM

Fantastic work. Amazing result achieved.

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CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:37 AM

A super composition, Fran. Carol

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bombebit
bombebit  7 Denmark
21 Aug 2008 - 10:38 AM

gorgeous shot...

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:40 AM

Thanks Paul, Ian, Steve, Carol and Berit Smile

Fran x

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D80daz
D80daz  7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 - 10:46 AM

Wow awesome shot and work,
best wishes,Daz

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JONTHELENS
21 Aug 2008 - 10:49 AM

nicely done and i like the mono, must try it on my hdr's.

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:50 AM

Very nicely done Fran. The process suits the subject matter very well.

Alan

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:51 AM

Superbly done Fran..love the way the light is playing on the spinning wheel..could be Rapunzel as well. Smile
Di

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sut68
sut68  112016 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:59 AM

Flying completely solo huh? Capture, process, HDR and mono conversion ... you won't have any use for me soon Wink

Nicely done missus,
Paul Smile x

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Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:01 AM

Like it Fran - excellent details and tones - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.

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jdenman  7 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:01 AM

Great use of the light, the composition is a cracker.
John

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:11 AM

WOW! Certainly wasn't expecting this much interest Smile

Thanks Daz, Jon, Alan, Di, MrS, Richard & John Smile

Never thought about Rapunzel, Di, but that works too Smile

I'll think of summat, Boss Wink

Cheers Folks
Fran x

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norton  11 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:25 AM

Superb image,nice work..................

Tony.

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Sezz
Sezz Plus Member 10617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:27 AM

I really like this one Fran, the lighting and subject matter is perfect for mono, the composition works very well!

Sarah *

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:29 AM

Thanks Tony and Sarah Smile

Fran x

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lonely_oryx
21 Aug 2008 - 11:39 AM

The treatment and light gives a super fairy-tale effect.

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 12:05 PM

Excellent. Like an illustration from an old book. Super processing.

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angej
angej  10477 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 - 12:06 PM

so this is where you make all Paul's clothes then FranSmile)

I think it's very effective and you have certainly achieved what you set out to doSmile

Ange

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 12:08 PM

Thanks John, Joline and Ange Smile

D@mn! Rumbled, Ange! Wink

Fran x

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21 Aug 2008 - 12:19 PM

Looks good with B/W

Peter

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sunshot  10 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 - 12:28 PM

i just love this effect Fran, looks awesome
well done indeed

marc

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MarkT  10119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 1:00 PM

Great subject and excellent processing Fran.

Mark.

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 1:22 PM

Thanks Peter, Marc and Mark Smile

As always, I really appreciate all your comments Smile

Fran x

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kaybee
kaybee  114368 forum posts Scotland25 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 2:28 PM

Should this not be a self portrait with you hunched over the wheel wearing one of them white floppy hats and a pinny?

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cassiecat  739 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 2:56 PM

think the processing works really well

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LesF Plus Member 8182 forum postsLesF vcard 9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 3:00 PM

Defo worth the RC Fran

LesF

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newy17  9273 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 - 3:02 PM

Hmmm Err nice one fran see yer........................................lol...............
ian

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TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 3:32 PM

Super quality & detail, Fran.
TrevB Smile

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Daggers75  7
21 Aug 2008 - 3:36 PM

Great mono. Quality!!!

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SlowSong Plus Member 75305 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 3:49 PM

This is spectacular. I love the way the light falls on to the spinning wheel. The whole image glows.
Chris

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 3:57 PM

Thanks Roy, Lesley, Les, Ian, Trev, Adam and Chris Smile

I'm not as old as you Roy Wink

Cheers everyone Smile
(Except you Ian, no use trying to worm your way back intomy good books!) Tongue

Fran x

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Glynn  91169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 4:34 PM

Absolutely brilliant and has that authentic look in B&W. Wonderful image Fran.

C U 2MORROW

Glynn

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Buffalo_Tom Plus Member 92322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 5:01 PM

Superb tones and processing Fran.Shortlisted,could be between you and your other half for POW.You have some fantastic shots this week..
Tom.

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Tandberg  121223 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 5:09 PM

Wouldnt have guesseed this as yours fran

LIke the detail very much

Reminds me of pauls up at rowardennan the other year with the fireplace

Like it hun
Dave

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 5:20 PM

Thanks Glynn, Tom & MrT Smile

Thanks for that Tom, but I wish you hadn't made it public - - I'll never hear the last of it if you opt for one of his, now! Wink

Praise indeed, MrBerg Tongue

Thanks Chaps
Fran x

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21 Aug 2008 - 5:25 PM

Wonderful work. One of my friends got married at Chillingham Castle, in fact there is a pic of him and his son on here somewhere.

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 5:29 PM

Thanks Andrew, it's a fabulous place, isn't it. It was really nice being able to wander around with camera and tripod, and folks being nice to you, even waiting while you took your shots Smile

Fran x

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viscostatic
21 Aug 2008 - 5:45 PM

Great mono work with a strong composition.

Phil.

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 5:47 PM

Thanks Phil, glad you like it Smile

Fran x

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21 Aug 2008 - 5:48 PM

Will keep you guessing Fran.
Tom.,

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chase Critique Team 101118 forum postschase vcard England243 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 6:34 PM

This scene suits both the HDR treatment & the mono conversion Fran...steep learning curve...tell me about it Wink !

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Cormy  7 England
21 Aug 2008 - 7:24 PM

Hope you didn't ***** your finger Fran.Nice one.
Cheers
Alan

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bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 - 7:33 PM

brilliant, love the light through the window
bunSmile

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Eviscera  91111 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 8:43 PM

do like this Fran , a lot

Dave

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martinl  11259 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 8:43 PM

This really is very good Fran. You've obviously learnt a great deal & learnt it well.

Smile

PS Did the rubbish get to the tip then??Wink

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 9:33 PM

Thanks Janet, Alan, Bun, Dave & MrLeVers Smile

Not nice to tease, Tom! Grin

No good trying to sweet talk me out of it, MrL - - your card is well and truly marked!
(and yes it did!)

Thanks nearly all of you Wink
Fran x

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ringyneck  8309 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 10:02 PM

Great textures and light.

Keith

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LeighRebecca
21 Aug 2008 - 11:06 PM

It's a lovely composition with great detail, Fran, but I feel as though it doesn't quite have the depth that a 'straight' shot would have. Maybe the strong hdr whilst bringing out bags of detail, has slightly flattened the overall image? Or maybe I'm talking rot, and had a glass of wine too many? Wink

Leigh

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:16 PM

Thanks Keith & Leigh Smile

I'm sure you're not, Leigh, I must admit, I found the colour version toooooo coloured, and I didn't take any "straight" shot, so I've nowt to compare it with - - perhaps next time Smile

Fran x

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21 Aug 2008 - 11:23 PM

Lovely work Fran.

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2008 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Gill Smile

Fran x

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DolphinLady
22 Aug 2008 - 7:46 AM

This is a wonderful capture Fran & really suits the conversion to mono....gives it a really old look & feel to itCan almost smell the must.
The spiders will be popping out all over the place soon........
Hilary

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2008 - 8:03 AM

OOOOh! Don't mention them, Hilary! Wink

Thanks
Fran x

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ericfaragh  11123 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2008 - 4:57 PM

Lovely treatment, great result.

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2008 - 7:39 PM

Thanks Eric, glad you like it Smile

Fran x

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TonyFrith  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2008 - 7:24 AM

lovely conversion & treatment
I have been v busy with other things recently, on catch up
Tony

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MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2008 - 5:40 PM

Thanks Tony, me too Smile

Fran x

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