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Gylen Castle

By abesad
The Isle of Kerrera is set in the mouth of Oban Bay, Argyll and taken at an angle to give more impact. 30sec exposure using B&W nd10 stop filter.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 9:47AM
Composition-wise this shot will certainly stand out from the crowd, Susan. Full credit for trying something different. I expect it is one of those shots which will divide opinion with some loving it and others hating it.

Looking at the shot more closely the building is nicely lit. Although the rest of the island is in shadow there is just enough light for us to see some of the detail. The sky has a dramatic feel with lots of movement from the long exposure. But I wonder whether it is dramatic enough to carry so much of the picture. More variation in terms of colour and textures would certainly help but I know that the times when everything comes together in a sky are rare.

I will be interested to see what others think about the pic.

Best wishes


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DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 4:05PM
I think the sky can carry that much of the picture. There's not a huge amount going on in the upper left quadrant but there's a big bright wedge pointing horizontally at the castle and a big dark wedge pointing down and left at it. As such, I feel that the sky is an integral part of the composition: cropping it would diminish these wedges and having a more interesting upper-left quadrant would dilute them.

The image as a whole works really well, for me. It's dramatic and the angled camera heightens this, whereas it's so often just a gimmick to make a boring photo look edgy and different. The toning is superb.

My only complaint is that the way the light's falling on the cliffs in the lower-right looks a little like flare in a few places. I think it's natural and just an artefact of the arangement of the rocks and plants but, if other people can see it too, it might be worth working on to tone it down a little. Hopefully, nobody else can see it and it's just me being deranged. Smile
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 4:31PM
Hello, Susan. Well, you're going to get a different opinion from me, but that's not to say that I disagree with any of the above comments, it's just the way I see things. Yes, the angle is definitely different, but I use diagonal compositions a lot, and quite like it, even though the castle looks a bit odd, almost falling over, lol. Top marks for originality, and also for your interesting exposure on the sky. I noticed the "flare" as well, and it's still obvious in my modification, and I keep tilting my head to see if it's just my screen. I find the rocks a bit too dark and wanted to bring out some detail in them, but had to push the editing a bit further than I would normally like to, in order to get that detail. In my modification, I cropped the left and top, brightened the image, adjusted highlights/shadows and increased saturation. Not being happy with the castle and rocks at this stage, I selected them and pushed up levels and "clarify" to get light and detail there.
abesad 7 Scotland
14 Jul 2009 5:03PM
Thanks for taking time to comment, I found the sky wonderful that day,although the castle was a nice feature, it was the sky that really did this photo I think, although I am wondering whether I should boast the sky up more or not. It was quite a walk to get to this point with my health and I also forgot to bring the tripod, so had to rest the camera on rocks. Thats is an interesting mod, need to see if I can do it in a much larger version though to really see the benefit of it.

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