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Sleeping Beauty's Corner

By MrsS    
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

Tags: General Castle Architecture Interior Hdr Black and white Chillingham Spinning wheel

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pmorgan 11 217 13 England
21 Aug 2008 10:24AM

Superb work Fran!


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imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:27AM
SteveNZ 9 4 5 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:29AM
Fantastic work. Amazing result achieved.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
21 Aug 2008 10:37AM
A super composition, Fran. Carol
bombebit 10 22 Denmark
21 Aug 2008 10:38AM
gorgeous shot...
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 10:40AM
Thanks Paul, Ian, Steve, Carol and Berit Smile

Fran x
D80daz 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:46AM
Wow awesome shot and work,
best wishes,Daz
JONTHELENS 11 34 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:49AM
nicely done and i like the mono, must try it on my hdr's.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
21 Aug 2008 10:50AM
Very nicely done Fran. The process suits the subject matter very well.

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:51AM
Superbly done the way the light is playing on the spinning wheel..could be Rapunzel as well. Smile
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
21 Aug 2008 10:59AM
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
Richsr 11 91 223 England
21 Aug 2008 11:01AM
Like it Fran - excellent details and tones - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
21 Aug 2008 11:01AM
Great use of the light, the composition is a cracker.
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 11:11AM
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
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 11:25AM
Superb image,nice work..................

Sezz 13 617 15 England
21 Aug 2008 11:27AM
I really like this one Fran, the lighting and subject matter is perfect for mono, the composition works very well!

Sarah *
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 11:29AM
Thanks Tony and Sarah Smile

Fran x
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
21 Aug 2008 11:39AM
The treatment and light gives a super fairy-tale effect.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
21 Aug 2008 12:05PM
Excellent. Like an illustration from an old book. Super processing.
angej 13 479 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 12:06PM
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

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 12:08PM
Thanks John, Joline and Ange Smile

D@mn! Rumbled, Ange! Wink

Fran x
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
21 Aug 2008 12:19PM
Looks good with B/W

sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 12:28PM
i just love this effect Fran, looks awesome
well done indeed

MarkT 13 119 2 England
21 Aug 2008 1:00PM
Great subject and excellent processing Fran.

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 1:22PM
Thanks Peter, Marc and Mark Smile

As always, I really appreciate all your comments Smile

Fran x
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
21 Aug 2008 2:28PM
Should this not be a self portrait with you hunched over the wheel wearing one of them white floppy hats and a pinny?
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
21 Aug 2008 2:56PM
think the processing works really well
LesF 11 182 9
21 Aug 2008 3:00PM
Defo worth the RC Fran

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 3:02PM
Hmmm Err nice one fran see
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Aug 2008 3:32PM
Super quality & detail, Fran.
TrevB Smile
21 Aug 2008 3:36PM
Great mono. Quality!!!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
21 Aug 2008 3:49PM
This is spectacular. I love the way the light falls on to the spinning wheel. The whole image glows.
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 3:57PM
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
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 4:34PM
Absolutely brilliant and has that authentic look in B&W. Wonderful image Fran.


Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
21 Aug 2008 5:01PM
Superb tones and processing Fran.Shortlisted,could be between you and your other half for POW.You have some fantastic shots this week..
Tandberg 15 1.2k 2 England
21 Aug 2008 5:09PM
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
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 5:20PM
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
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 5:25PM
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.
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 5:29PM
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
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 5:45PM
Great mono work with a strong composition.

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 5:47PM
Thanks Phil, glad you like it Smile

Fran x
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
21 Aug 2008 5:48PM
Will keep you guessing Fran.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
21 Aug 2008 6:34PM
This scene suits both the HDR treatment & the mono conversion Fran...steep learning curve...tell me about it Wink !
Cormy 10 3 England
21 Aug 2008 7:24PM
Hope you didn't ***** your finger Fran.Nice one.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 7:33PM
brilliant, love the light through the window
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 8:43PM
do like this Fran , a lot

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 8:43PM
This really is very good Fran. You've obviously learnt a great deal & learnt it well.


PS Did the rubbish get to the tip then??Wink
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 9:33PM
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
ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 10:02PM
Great textures and light.

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
21 Aug 2008 11:06PM
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

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 11:16PM
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
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2008 11:23PM
Lovely work Fran.

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
21 Aug 2008 11:34PM
Thanks Gill Smile

Fran x
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
22 Aug 2008 7:46AM
This is a wonderful capture Fran & really suits the conversion to it a really old look & feel to itCan almost smell the must.
The spiders will be popping out all over the place soon........
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
22 Aug 2008 8:03AM
OOOOh! Don't mention them, Hilary! Wink

Fran x
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2008 4:57PM
Lovely treatment, great result.
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
24 Aug 2008 7:39PM
Thanks Eric, glad you like it Smile

Fran x
TonyFrith 11 3 6 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2008 7:24AM
lovely conversion & treatment
I have been v busy with other things recently, on catch up
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
4 Sep 2008 5:40PM
Thanks Tony, me too Smile

Fran x

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