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Blundell Cottage - Canberra Australia

By butterflydiva72    
I dearly welcome critiquing and mods as well on this shot. I love the shadow of the tree and the care branches that contrast with the very old stone of the building. Also the rich green of the grass and the tall tree make this a beautiful photo I feel.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
19 Sep 2011 12:35AM
The strong sidelighting is casting very heavy shadows in this image, Antoinette, and there is a large contrast range: it may be the effect you were wanting, but I felt a little more detail in the facing facade might be in order, so I have offered a mod. in which I have lifted the shadows slightly and selectively over that part of the image only.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
19 Sep 2011 12:45AM
I like it for all the same reasons you do, however would have liked to see the cottage lit a bit more, - just as Ronnie has suggested. The colour is nice, and the setting is gorgeous.

You can use the shadow tool in Photoshop CS if you have it, - or use levels selectively using layers and a mask if you have earlier versions.

Ive loaded a mod with this done,


19 Sep 2011 1:17AM
Thank you Ronnie & Willie!! I suspected thats what would be suggested.

I love what you both have done, which is almost identical. I dont use Photoshop. I use another editing program and not sure if they have a feature to lift shadows, but i will check it out.

I will look into using Photoshop CS though.

Thanks again!

19 Sep 2011 1:20AM
Oh and do you mean Photoshop CS5?
19 Sep 2011 1:33AM
OK Guys I have uploaded an 'after' mod. Let me know how I did please?
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
19 Sep 2011 3:29AM
The mod is good. You have however lifted all the shadow detail, whereas the other mods lifted only the cottage. This is done by being selective where you apply the chajge, and in Photoshop you do this with layers and a mask.

CS is a series, - release of Photoshop 8 was the first of the CS series.

Which software do you have.

19 Sep 2011 4:25AM
Ok Willie,

As a single non working mother of two I am not in a position of paying over $1000 for photoshop CS5.

I use picnik. Dont know if that is just n Australian editing program.

DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2011 9:55AM
I like the composition , Antoinette - V1 is the best , just because it has more details - unfortunately the sky is a bit inexpressive but is a good shot

19 Sep 2011 10:06AM
Thank you Dan. Much appreciated.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
19 Sep 2011 1:48PM
Hi Antoinette,

There are a number of decent free programmes you can use, - Picasa, Gimp to name two. If you use the Forums, you can either search for free editing programmes, or ask which is recommended.

Photoshop Elements 9 is a very good programme widely used which is nowhere near the CS5 cost. If you are interested in post processing, take a look at it. Also look for earlier version of Elements that you can pick up used for very little. Same can apply to early version of the full Photoshop, like Version 7.

The CS series is a lot less expensive when purchased by students, or by someone with a student status attending a school, or a photography training course.

Hope this helps,


paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2011 6:25PM
It is a pleasant image, but the contrast is, as has been well covered, too high. I realise it is probably common, but I don't find the coregated iron roof very attractive on such a building - nothing you can do about that I know.

If you are going to title on the presentation you either need smaller text or a wider border.

19 Sep 2011 9:19PM
Thank you Paul. I am going to change the way in which I title. You're right there was nothing I could do about the roof - of course. I took the photo because of its historical meaning here in Canberra. Agreed it is a very beautiful building. I altered the V2 because it was suggested, clearly I did it wrong - I am learning. The first image was fine on my laptop, of course everyone computer screens will give different lighting to a photo to a degree.

Antoinette Smile
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 254 England
19 Sep 2011 9:34PM
Hi Antoinette,

To get yourself started with and used to something a little more powerful than picnik, you might like to try this; "Pixlr." It's web based which means that you can access it anywhere that you have access to the web, you don't need to download or instal it.
Alternatively, you could spend an evening looking through this lot! Actualy, Pixlr's included in there.
Or try FastStone.
Or Picasa.
Pixlr would be my first choice if I was in the market for a decent free editor but all of the others have their merits.
I use CS5 and Lightroom for most of my editing but still use Picasa and FastStone for various things.

Hope this helps.

19 Sep 2011 10:04PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this information with me Bren.

Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 254 England
19 Sep 2011 10:07PM
Any time.
19 Sep 2011 10:34PM
I dont have a clue as what I am doing with pixl ( the one I downloaded)... I dont know what layering is. I'll have to read up on it.
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 254 England
19 Sep 2011 10:55PM
If you've never used it, or anything like it, before, I suppose Pixlr might seem a bit intimidating but persevere and soon enough the penny will begin to drop.
To begin with play around with some of the tools and get used to what they each do. Once you've a basic idea of how to navigate the page, you could try making some basic adjustments to an image. I imagine that you'll have encountered some of them using picnik.
If you need to know how a particular tool works, ask on here or look for a tutorial.
There are loads and loads of tutorials available on here and on the web in general, almost all of which are free and somewhere, there will be one that will guide you through whichever action you're carrying out.
Most tutorials you'll come across will be aimed primarily at Photoshop (in one guise or another) but don't be put off. Some of the tools may be in different places or have slightly different names but they all do esentially the same job whichever programe you're using and the theory will always be the same.
Sadly there are no shortcuts and there's no substitute for experience but as I've said, persevere and don't be put off when (not if!) it goes wrong.
You'll be frustrated beyond belief (and we'll all laugh because we've already been there!) but you'll soon be flying.
More seriously, everyone here is willing to help. None of us were born knowing how to do this so, if you have a question, however daft or silly it may seem to you, ask it anyway. Chances are that we were all asking that same daft question ourselves not so long ago!

Good luck!

19 Sep 2011 11:09PM
Thank you Bren. That has made me feel so much better! I'll find my feet soon, I have already come a ways and am learning everday.


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