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Two Towers

By Jasper87  
Reculver Towers - situated on the North coast of Kent, it is the site of a Roman fort, Anglo-Saxon monastery, and a Medieval church. The church was partly demolished in 1805 but the twin towers were left. Reculver is said to be one of the most haunted places in Kent and there are many reports of supernatural experiences here, especially the sound of children crying.

Taken in the early evening sun at Iso200, 1/80s, f13, 15mm, tripod, remote release, and a polariser filter.

v1 was converted to mono at the Raw stage in CS5 with a yellow filter to bring out the stonework more.

v2 has the same exif, taken on the next frame but from a slightly slightly different position but left in colour.

Both cropped for effect.

Many thanks for looking,


Tags: Polariser Kent Architecture Black and white Landscapeandtravel Reculver Bay

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16 Sep 2012 8:31AM
both good but always like mono on this type of shot seems to suit the stone work better nice one


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16 Sep 2012 8:34AM
Interesting mono and good stone effect

16 Sep 2012 8:37AM
Great image but I think the B&W is best.
16 Sep 2012 8:42AM
V1 for me.

16 Sep 2012 8:48AM
Super images Dave, V1 my favourite,
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
16 Sep 2012 8:48AM
Very dramatic in mono but somehow I am quite drawn to the colour version too. That was a wonderful sky to add to the wonderful architecture.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:52AM
Very unusual sky! I like the coloured image, the clouds are in a slight different place and to me gives it a better composition.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
16 Sep 2012 8:55AM
Two fine compositions and on most occasions I would go for mono but here I prefer the colour version I feel the composition is stronger, has a greater vibrancy and you get the full benefit of that unusual sky.

Snapper_T 14 866 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:57AM
A striking shot, The low angle makes this look a formidable building and the clouds are very unusual indeed.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
16 Sep 2012 8:57AM
So dramatic in mono

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 9:08AM
Mono version for me Dave. Wonderful range of tones.

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
16 Sep 2012 9:14AM
unusual for me to prefur the mono, but i do like the dramatic sky and composition.
16 Sep 2012 9:18AM
A superb image Dave and well captured and processed. I would opt for V1 as the mono adds a sense of drama
Humblebee 6 1 England
16 Sep 2012 9:27AM
Awesome mono and love the position of the clouds and detail of the stonework and gets my vote - wouldn't mind seeing the colour version as well ... Carol Grin
16 Sep 2012 9:28AM
Great shot Dave, difficult to decide, I like both.
V1 for its textures and unbelievable sky.
V2 for golden light and tones
V1 its dramatic

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 9:38AM
Two stunning images of this rather 'Iconic' piece of ancient architecture. The black and white version certainly evokes a lot of drama, however I think the colour version tends to calm the scene down somewhat and thus making it more friendly.

Regards Nathan
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 10:17AM
V1 is superb. Very brooding. Gives credence to your haunted story. Clouds natural, or thanks to Heathrow....mmmmmm Wink

Great point of view with good texture in the stonework with nice light.
My choice is V2. Well done. WesternRed.
Tibetan 6 3 England
16 Sep 2012 10:19AM
V1. Dave is awesome with that sky love it nice one, Nathan can have V2. lol. sorry Nathan I don't think you would like one of those!, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
16 Sep 2012 10:23AM
Lovely cloud formation on the Mono, but prefer the colour of V2 I think.
Very interesting stone towers. Where are they????……….

16 Sep 2012 10:26AM
Dave, its amazing. I love the mono version which is full of impact. Nicely done. deep
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 10:27AM
A great image and conversion Dave, the low POV makes the tower very imposing, and the wonderful sky completes the drama. I can't decide which I prefer, but the contrast of bluse sky and cloud just gives v2 the edge

Nice one Dave
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Sep 2012 10:31AM
Like both ++, Dave, but your processing in V 1 plus that unusual positioning of the clouds does make for a very dramatic presentation and I can well believe it might be haunted.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
16 Sep 2012 10:37AM

Quote:Great image but I think the B&W is best.
The same. Outstanding clarity!
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
16 Sep 2012 11:33AM
Very dramatic with that great sky; works well in mono! You made it look haunted too Wink
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 11:34AM
Oh how you've taken advantage of that sky!
Really dramactic feel in mono version.
great tones and texture too.
V2 stands quite independently as a great image too
with the strong blue of the sky and the added yellow filter
You should have posted them separately!
two great shots.GrinGrinGrinGrin
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
16 Sep 2012 11:47AM
Love the mood of this.
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 11:55AM
made for mono, very strong image.

16 Sep 2012 11:58AM
Particularly like the pov/crop and greater drama of V1.

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 12:09PM
I think I prefer V1 with the more dramatic sky that lends itself to a mono expression admirably.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 12:35PM
Two superb images, great composition and pov, for me I think it has to be V1 :-0

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
16 Sep 2012 1:16PM
Easy to see those haunted vibes emanating from the towers, each with its own degree of intensity--- one should wear protective clothing while traversing near this area, also take a protective icon or two...

Of course, should you go in the sunny daylight, you will have a much better visit!
kenfoulds 5 11 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 1:46PM
Super images. for me the mono treatment really adds an extra dimension of drama and enhances the history of the place.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
16 Sep 2012 2:02PM
Two super images, Dave - think the mono has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
16 Sep 2012 2:20PM
Dave, great angle of shot, the clouds are fantastic, I always like a mono, but this time I'm drawn to v2 strangely. A very nice always great job.

xwang 9 56 8
16 Sep 2012 2:41PM
Excellentlly captured image, beautiful POV and excellent PS work. Personally, I prefer V1.
16 Sep 2012 2:41PM
Both are stunning shots. For me V1 is ACE. SmileSmile

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 4:15PM
Mono all the way for me Dave. Excellent composition and the additional contrast enhances the sky and brings out the texture in the towers stonework.
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 4:17PM
Very good shot, Dave. I like them both,the colour for the texture and the mono seems to be struck by the clouds. Very nice angle.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
16 Sep 2012 4:36PM
Well nobody else has, so I will, have a well deserved UA.....Especially for V1

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 6:13PM
Wowwww, Dave, fantastic mate, i am really into these images at the moment, this has everthing i would be looking for, in particular, the sky and subject matter, i would be well chuffed with this one. Once again, thanks for your info on your camera settings.
Well done.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
16 Sep 2012 6:24PM
What a gorgeous cloud formation - half a Saltire WinkGrin. Like the pov and has to be the colour version for me. Moira
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
16 Sep 2012 6:35PM
Dramatic use of the clouds Dave. I prefer the comp. in V2, and the mono treatment of V1. Maybe you should try a mono version of V2.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 6:57PM
A difficult decision - I like them both; the mono for the stonework on the building, but the colour for those lovely wispy clouds.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 7:41PM
Two great shots Dave favor V2 .
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:04PM
worked so well in mono Dave, colour version looks good too.
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:05PM
Lovely cloud effect and nice detail on the stonework, Peter..
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:18PM
the mono is good but very eerie I think I might stick with V2 for the colour
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
16 Sep 2012 8:49PM
Looks great in mono ,but will decide on the colour version as a winner with the lovely sky
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 9:36PM
I like them both very much, but for atmosphere and spookiness (and I like spookiness), it has to be V1.
clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 10:10PM
Stunning mono...superb work
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 1:37AM
V1 for me too.
17 Sep 2012 3:22AM
Stunning shot love the mono makes the shot stand out the detail spot on
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Sep 2012 7:39AM
I like the mono for the glorious stonework... But I miss the wee stone gnome on the left!
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
17 Sep 2012 8:24AM
The cloud formations are simply amazing and certainly enhance this superbly taken shot.

phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 10:01AM
The dramatic sky works best for me in mono ......Phil
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
17 Sep 2012 10:56AM
V1 has the edge for me today.
Two super captures of this dramatic view.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
17 Sep 2012 1:23PM
Version 1 with that cracking sky or rather the position of the clouds does it for me. An excellent conversion.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 1:47PM
Unusual for me but Mono wins for me. It looks so moody.......... the comp and pov are excellent in V1 tooGrin

Lot of scrolling again here DaveWink
evelen 13 5 England
17 Sep 2012 2:02PM
two wonderful captures ,wonderful sky.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 3:18PM
Mono makes the most of the textures as Derek pointed out and the direction of light is great for enhancing the architecture. I like the dramatic composition; shooting from below enhances the powerful grandeur of the towers which, if they weren't obvious enough, then have the sky pointing at them!
Are you sure you didn't photoshop in a lightsabre scene from Star Wars as your backdrop? Wink
LexEquine 12 19 United States
17 Sep 2012 3:51PM
'Super Scenic Architectural Capture with the v1 Monochrome being my Favorite' ~ Peter Smile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
17 Sep 2012 5:18PM
Great conversion to mono. However -- the full color image is splendid and I couldn't choose one over the other.
17 Sep 2012 8:42PM
Two fabulous images, both are good, the mono enhances that fabulous sky.

Thank you so much for the UA.

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 10:05PM
A magnificent, moody mono!
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 10:30PM
Super scary! just the right atmosphere in mono

my god what a following took me 1/2 hour to get to the bottom of page,like the POV and mono tone great sky
CHRISB911 12 54 1
18 Sep 2012 3:11PM
when the white eagle of the north is flying overhead, the reds, browns of autumn lie in the gutter..... hey great shot dave mono for me, such a striking image
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 4:14PM
Great perspective and nice treatment. I particularly like V1.

tonyheps 15 6 1
18 Sep 2012 9:02PM
V1 for me - Great sky
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
18 Sep 2012 9:16PM
LIke the mono but glad you put both up ,nowt wrong with V2 either.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 1:45PM
Mono looses out on that wonderful blue sky, but I love the way that the V of the clouds comes from behind the tower in v1 SmileSmile
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:41PM
That building is very interesting, full of great textures... But I love the V shape displayed on that sky! Grin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Sep 2012 8:24PM
V1 is terrific, such a dramatic point of view and very apt for a conversion to monochrome
29 Sep 2012 10:41PM
V1 gets my vote, but there again the black and white version always does. Elaine
jinstone Plus
12 3 1 England
1 Oct 2012 9:04PM
really like V1 in B&W and the sky as well as the building
iancatch 11 4 45 England
8 Oct 2012 9:35PM
Great POV and love that sky

howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 6:14PM
Love V1 a type of shot i'd hang on my wall!Smile
Bonico 8 Romania
6 Nov 2012 9:32PM
Like it. Congrats.
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 1:24PM
Lovely shot, the angle of the clouds contrasts brilliantly with the angles of the towers on the mono version
21 Dec 2012 3:09PM
Great shot. Both are terrific, but V1 gives an impressive point of view. Very useful the captures's detail

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