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Ye old Sarum moat

By LouiseTopp  
This is the moat of Sarum castle, Salisbury. Please can you tell me what you think?

Many thanks for looking Smile

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ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
26 Feb 2015 11:01AM
Excellent, Louise.

There used to be a very active airfield there in WWII (not in the ditch though!).
LouiseTopp 11 635 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2015 11:03AM
It's still there, but they are modernising it at the moment Smile
Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2015 5:02PM
I know it well. Old Sarum, Salisbury and Boscombe Down.

It feels sombre and heavy.
You have a quandary here. Bright sky tending to overexposure, dark foreground underexposed. Which do you expose for, as the dynamic range is too great to be effectively captured in one image?

Your best bet, is to take a couple of images at different exposures and combine them as an HDR image. Most of the time, I hate them, but they can be done well. You can't use a grad filter, as it will darken the grass at the top, so what to do?

It may be possible in your software, when adjusting the image, to select the highlights only for adjustments and alter them relative to the shadows and mid tones.

There is also a distinct brown feel to it. I know it's the light, but it's like you've shot it sepia and it's not a very attractive colour balance.
Others may come along with mods, but you could change it to monochrome and make it more neutral.
You could try HDR to even the sky and ground out more.
You could try adjusting the colour balance to a more pleasing shade.
You could try adjusting the sky and ground separately for a more pleasing balance.

You could go back and shoot when the light is better. It's not a bad composition, just poor conditions. I'm sure there is a better image in there.

banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
26 Feb 2015 6:04PM
And using shade for WB may have caused it to be overly warm. Since theres is open sun in the sky, daylight might have been better.

Mod upload with this done and Nicks suggestions.


LouiseTopp 11 635 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2015 6:10PM
Thanks, looks like I'll have to reshoot this scene (minus the sheep)
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2015 8:22PM
The tonal range is too great. The sky has significant burn out which you will not recover. The tree does act as a focal point, and as a record of the most, OK. Theres not really a lot of content as a general interest image.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
26 Feb 2015 9:22PM
And I remember when one of the many effects filters you could get was a sepia one, to give almost exactly this effect... Mind you, not only do I have one of those, but one of the filters to put a rainbow in the sky. We all have lapses.

Technically, it's all been said: there are options.

As for the sheep - why not get up close, and make it a prominent part of the composition on the right, balancing the tree on the left? (This lighthearted suggestion has a serious side: it would make the image different...)
LouiseTopp 11 635 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2015 6:22PM
I might put this image in black and white Smile
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
27 Feb 2015 9:17PM
As I was reading down the comments I also thought 'why shoot without the sheep', and indeed as John has suggested make them part or feature of the image. Of course, now we've suggeste that next time you want them they won't be there!
That large expanse of foreground with little visual interest does need something extra, and underexposure hasn't helped.

Could you have got lower and made something of the clumps of plant stems? I don't know the exact layout, just going on what's at the bottom of the frame and thinking of how I would work a location.

If you don't fancy HDR, even shooting two differnet exposures and blending in just part of the sky is another approach.


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