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The Old Stable

By ChristineL
An old stable in Bishop's castle, Shropshire.

I'm trying to collect interesting images of my home county, Shropshire.
I'b be interested to see if my image editing is ok and what someone else would do with it.
I have recently changed over to a mac and find that everything is a little darker on screen at the default settings. I'm used to it now, but some of my old portfolio images look too dark to me.
I'm reluctant to change things by re-calibrating as my prints come out really well.
Does this print look ok or is it too light or dark to you?

V1 edited version
V2 original, unworked file
V3 B&W version

Hand held
f.16 @ 1/90
ISO 200
0 exposure bias
f.l. 18mm

Tweaked in camera raw.
Shadows and highlights altered slightly.
Hint of water trough in bottom left corner burned in.
Sky darkened in layers with multiply.
Elder tree dodged a little.
Tiles and door of building burned in a little.
Distracting shadow in foreground cloned out.
Whole image darkened slightly in multiply, areas that were too dark erased.
Building and trees sharpened with unsharp mask @ 50.

Thank you for looking,

Tags: Building General Shropshire Landscape and travel Bishops castle Old stable

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
1 Oct 2010 9:19AM
I prefer the colour and the reduced size of the stable in version 1.


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devlin 6 652 39 India
1 Oct 2010 10:29AM
Version 1 works well for me, just feel though that probably theres a a little too much of the sky in the image, personally i would have cropped it down a bit from the top . Other than that i like the image Smile, though i also feel that there could be some more interesting images to be found here by adjusting your point of view maybe a little to the left or try changing the mode to landscape to get what i think is a track running down there.

Cheers and hope this helps
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 12:29PM
The editing in V1 looks fine to me Christine (although I am looking at it on a PC so I am not sure whether that helps you or not).

The stables looks slightly cramped in the frame though. I guess there are other buildings in the background which you did not wish to include with a wider view. Maybe if you had moved to the right and taken the stables straighter on you could have excluded most of them and still given the building a bit more room to breathe.

Best wishes

ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 1:25PM
Thank you everyone.

Yes Catherine there were problem buildings on either side and cars etc.
(I think this works better in B&W which I may post later on.)
Thank you for letting me know it looks ok to you, it's the only way I can know if what I'm doing isn't too bad,
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
1 Oct 2010 1:32PM
Like what you have got Christine but just done a bit of a mod (something to do in my lunch break Smile ) crop a little a bit of sharpening and a little burning and dodging

ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 1:46PM
Thank you Brian, it looks great.
I do like my big skies though Smile
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 1:49PM
I've added the B&W version, which with hindsight I think I prefer.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3528 Canada
1 Oct 2010 2:10PM
Its looks fine to me Christine.

It is worth calibrating the Mac though anyway.

Are you using Photoshop or Aperture?

Photoshop lets you preview your print using the ICC profile of the paper you will print on so you can make adjustments, - and calibration might result in no real change anyway, - at least you will know either way.

I assume you are using Safari as a browser, - make sure its Safari 5 which supports colour management, - otherwise Firefox is the best.

The mono again is great with the sky, - and it seems you are using a red filter or bias in conversion, which gives a dark sky, but light reds, so I would suggest you increase contrast on the building only, - you would need to use a layer mask.


ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 4:12PM
Thank you Willie, I use Aperture when I upload my images to sort through them and put them into projects etc and photoshop elements 8 to edit. I do use safari 5.

I am very happy with my prints, I just wasn't sure how things looked on here to everyone else. Going by my old uploads, many of which I have deleted, there is a very different tone to this monitor compared with my old one.

Looking at other peoples images on here, which I like, there is no problem, so it's probably me that's changed more than anything.
I've been away from EPZ for about a year so perhaps I just do things differently now.

As for the mono I just use the set conversion options in PS8 and tweak a little, I'm still learning with that,

p.s. Love your Mod.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
4 Oct 2010 8:42AM
Good to see you uploading again Chris. I can't add anything to the critique you have received but I do prefer the mono version.


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