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Of Myth and Magic

By BillyGoatGruff  
Greetings and thanks for squeezing yourselves through the letterbox!

22:50 on a Wednesday; a 5:1 panorama; and faffed around with!
Probably the Kiss of Death!
Ah, well...ho hum...Smile

I shot this during a 30 minute stop, three years ago and have been fiddling about with it off and on since then.
Tried various smaller crops, but it really needs the context of the whole vista to make it work, imo.
This is the latest incarnation...the Saga continues
A 6 shot stitch and a bit of giggery-pokery.

Many thanks for dropping in.
Quite frankly, I'm amazed you've got this far!

Needless to say, you really need to see the LARGE version - it won't make much sense otherwise.
Even then, it still might not make much sense, but I quite like it, and it reminds me of somewhere I'd really rather like to be.



Tags: Digitally manipulated Digital art Landscape and travel

Voters: User_Removed, MikefromEbbw, iancatch and 63 more

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User_Removed 11 19 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 10:58PM
lovely pano.

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iancatch 11 4 45 England
24 Jun 2009 11:06PM
Nice very eyecatching panoramic

alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 11:09PM
It doesn't look quite real - a quality of the light, I think - it certainly suits the title and, yes, rather there than here... Carol
NeilM 11 England
24 Jun 2009 11:17PM
nicely worked Bill Smile

Simon_Palmer 11 759 11 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 11:28PM
As a piece of art it's fantastic, looks like the work of Wim Lassche and works really well. I could see this hanging in the Loch Duich Hotel over the road, you should print and frame one and take it up there.
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 11:41PM
Super image mystical shot love it
bfgstew 11 668 105 England
24 Jun 2009 11:53PM
Very very nice Bill. Love the flashes of light across this and the tones and textures for a pano are superb, magical piece of work.
jgmford 11 England
25 Jun 2009 12:05AM
Bill stunning capture, love the way you have caught the light, good composition.
cirrusminor 10 380 3 England
25 Jun 2009 12:32AM
Breathtaking scene and you've set a great moody feel to it!
Love it Smile
QuinnyA 9 59 Australia
25 Jun 2009 1:54AM
Magical shot - for me I would have left a chunk of the right and placed the castle on the right 1/3 line, instead of the middle.

Love the atmosphere in the shot
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
25 Jun 2009 5:37AM
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
25 Jun 2009 7:52AM
WOW! this is something i would strive for to put on my wall and brag about every time someone visits. Its superb large and your faffing around suits this image. The mood is great along with composition.

Bang on the money for me Bill fair play.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 8:30AM
Well, that's a nice surprise!
I went to bed shortly after posting this, fully expecting it to drop without even a ripple. Just logged in to find it's done (doing?) rather better than I expected.

Thank you all for your comments.

Simon - Hmmm; an interesting idea. I might have to look into it, if I can ever find the time (or the money) to get up there again. I'd dearly love to!

Quote:Magical shot - for me I would have left a chunk of the right and placed the castle on the right 1/3 line, instead of the middle.

Love the atmosphere in the shot

An interesting point you raise, Andy. I have actually experimented quite a bit with this, but settled on what you see here. I feel that any sort of creative crop using the so called "rules of composition" result in an unbalanced scene. What really makes this work, imo, is the framing effect of the hills on either side: the context that the castle sits within, so to speak.

Cheers Ian. I'm very happy that my faffing seems to work.

Thanks again everyone - it really is most appreciated!

GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
25 Jun 2009 8:55AM
Wnoderful image and technique.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 10:16AM
Super shot Bill - glad to be no30. Great sense of dark, brooding drama. A real 'King Arthur' moment... or should I say Finn MacCumhail in these parts!

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 10:44AM
Cheers, Graham and Andy!
I'm fairly amazed so may people have dared to go beyond the titchy thumbnail!

conrad 13 10.9k 116
25 Jun 2009 12:35PM
Well, it does seem to shout "faffed around with", as you call it, but your faffing around did result in quite a pleasing image. It does look more like art than a straight shot, but who cares, as long as the result looks good. Btw, I think your composition is fine.
Martin54 12 542 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 12:51PM
Must be seem large to fully appreciate the detail and work in this,
Sezz 13 617 15 England
25 Jun 2009 2:07PM
'Of Myth and Magic' - it sure is! It's moody, and dark, quite beautiful at the same time though - a majestic pano Bill!

Sarah *
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 2:19PM
Conrad, Martin and Sarah, you are most kind to say such nice things!

Thank you.

elkiebrooks 15 83 5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 4:43PM
Billy, after all the hard work you put into the photo and then posting on here and putting yourself down I hope you are happy with the amount of positve interest this has raised.
A smashing photo that shows how much work you have put into it. One to be very proud of.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 4:54PM
Why, Colin!
What a fine compliment, thank you very much indeed!

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 5:56PM
Looks great as a pano. The long bridge leading to the castle lends itself to this format. Must try it myself sometime Smile

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
25 Jun 2009 6:04PM
I would be very happy with this Bill.... 'specialy in large print.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 6:30PM
Thanks Guys!

Yes, Sue, you must! And bring along one of those wonderful skies you seem to be blessed with!! Smile

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 9:10PM
This is magical Bill. This has to best image of Eileen Donan I've seen. I am very surprised you didn't a lot more vote.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
25 Jun 2009 10:30PM
Gosh Peeps!

I'm really quite surprised by the reception this has received!
I truly believed that a long skinny thumbnail would be quite off-putting! Shows how much I know, eh?!

Thank you all very much.
And, Yung! What can I say!!

Cheers for now
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
25 Jun 2009 10:44PM
This is a wonderful panaoramic image. I agree that the castle sits more comfortably in the centre, and I adore the processing to achieve the unique colouring. A great shot.

oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 12:58PM
Nowt wrong with a bit of faffing Bill ,its a wonderful work of art ,would look great in big print i'm sure.
well done
ollie Smile
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 10:09PM
This is superb Bill. Love the light, shape and particularly the processing. One of the finest panos I've seen.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
27 Jun 2009 4:24PM
Thanks again Guys!

Eric - that's a very nice compliment indeed, especially coming from the Photoshopmeister!!

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 12:37PM
grand scale great photography, love the comp and the tones in this one

Very clever faffing Billy.

pmorgan 11 217 13 England
30 Jun 2009 9:03AM
Superb work Bill - one to be very proud of!!!! - Catching up Smile

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
3 Jul 2009 9:46AM

Thanks, Yung, you've just made my day with your award!!

It's most appreciated especially coming from a photographer of your calibre!

JdeNLucas 9 4 3
3 Jul 2009 5:04PM
Bill this is simply a stunning shot and I am in awe! Thanks for your comments on my humble power station, sorry to hear about your back up problems sods law eh! Best wishes John
hellsbells8868 10 151 2 Wales
6 Jul 2009 10:08AM
Superb image....

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