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That Castle !!

By BillyGoatGruff  
Many thanks to all for C&C on yesterday's effort. It didn't crash and burn as I expected it to, so no need for the parachute after all Wink

Today's offering to the Gods is, of course, That Castle. (Eilean Donan, for the one person here who may not actually know Smile )
The guide books say that one cannot drive past this without stopping to photograph it and, guess what? They're absolutely right!

We were on our way back to Fort William from Skye on the only road that joins the mainland and the Isle, when, with amazing cartographical foresight, I managed to persuade "Michael Schumacher" to throttle-back from lightspeed in time to actually stop here.
She allowed me less than 30 minutes before igniting the afterburners.

It was a bit of a grim, dull day and I only managed this shot and a seven shot panorama (which would look really silly at 600 pixels). The only break in the over cast occurred during this shot.
The consequent flat lighting propelled me into playing around a bit to wrench what I could from a pretty dull original, and there's still a bit of a halo that I haven't been able to (or couldn't spare the time to) remove.
I may work on it further at some point.

Still, what the hell. You only live once!

Enjoy, or otherwise.
Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Smile

Tags: Scotland Castle Clouds Eilean Donan Loch Landscape and travel

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Comments


12 Mar 2008 11:36AM
Lovely brroding image
Charlotte

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NeilM 10 England
12 Mar 2008 11:40AM
powerful image, like it.

Neil
challicew 9 1 1 South Africa
12 Mar 2008 11:56AM
Brilliant, superb, I love it
KJackson 10 7 1 England
12 Mar 2008 12:05PM
I like this very much
12 Mar 2008 12:11PM
very moody, can almost feel the rain coming out of the clouds. is this an HDR style shot, or just good use of filters?

Tony
12 Mar 2008 12:38PM
Great shot, well captured.
Cheesey.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
12 Mar 2008 1:12PM
Thank you all for stopping by to comment. Seems to be doing not too badly, after all Smile


Quote:Very moody, can almost feel the rain coming out of the clouds. is this an HDR style shot, or just good use of filters?

Tony



Thanks Tony. No HDR or filters. A single RAW capture, processed three times and then combined by hand in PS using (mostly successfully) masked colour and tone curves in 16 bit LAB mode, followed by some further contrast work in RGB mode.
I shot this in 2006 and only recently decided to do anything with it, thinking the original was a bit lack-lustre! It's turned out better than I expected it would.
ATB
Bill
RuthyJ 11 England
12 Mar 2008 1:25PM
Love the colour and the mood of this. Very nice image.
patsy88 10 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 1:58PM
Amazing image, love it...
Patsy
12 Mar 2008 2:34PM
Love the atmospheric tones

Graeme
forestrich 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 2:37PM
Stunning image. Great mood.

Rich
Phil_Restan 11 280 9 England
12 Mar 2008 3:00PM
good result

Phil
12 Mar 2008 3:22PM
Good work. Great atmosphere in the image.
themefrom 9 1 Scotland
12 Mar 2008 3:45PM
That Castle for sure - but that sky also - Oh yes
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
12 Mar 2008 4:04PM
Why thank you all very kindly, folks. Creeping towards respectibility, for sure Wink
Bill
Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 5:23PM
Powerful Image

Den
Pricey 12 127 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 5:35PM
Good work, very atmospheric.
devine 11
12 Mar 2008 6:09PM
Superb image,very moody lovely story to this,
excellent work
jim
britishlandscapes Junior Member 10 13
12 Mar 2008 6:16PM
Great shot in the circumstances and not from the standard position.
Great sky and background

Derek
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
12 Mar 2008 6:28PM
Great tones and comp/super shot.
Tom.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
12 Mar 2008 6:41PM
Thanks guys. Onwards and upwards, eh what! Wink
Bill
woodrow 10 153 Scotland
12 Mar 2008 8:33PM
there are many pictures taken of this popular location, and it is nice to see something a bit special; i once lived near here so know the area very well and you have captured it perfectly here

well done

Paul

PS like the commentary, what technique did you use to enable 'throttle back!'
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
12 Mar 2008 9:07PM
Thanks again folks, This response keeps surprising me in the very nicest way Smile


Quote:There are many pictures taken of this popular location, and it is nice to see something a bit special; i once lived near here so know the area very well and you have captured it perfectly here

well done

Paul

PS like the commentary, what technique did you use to enable 'throttle back!'



Thanks Paul. Praise indeed and most welcome.
The Technique: Use Chocolate!!
ATB
Bill
12 Mar 2008 9:54PM
Wonderful capture Bill, well done.

Dougie.
EllieEdge 9 15 42 Norway
14 Mar 2008 8:58PM
Stunning shot loaded with mystery!
Nigel_95 Plus
11 260 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 12:34PM
Wonderful Drama Bill.

Nigel

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