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St Guilhem le Dsert 1

By ellavr
This is a repost of yesterdays shot, which I have deleted but can be seen as a modification if you wish. I was worried about the over exposed bit and have done what I think is a tricky bit of PS to improve it.

This is Saint Guilhem le Desert in the Languedoc area of France. A very beautiful old traditional village windy through a little valley to the hills abobve it with the ruins of a monastry on the top. I have a series of these, so I hope that you like them.

Thanks to all of you who sommented on the earlier and tried to improve my images. :o)


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: devon-photographic, novocastria, old timer and 21 more

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ellavr 18 66
3 Jan 2005 9:04AM
By hermin At 12:39:44 - 02nd Jan 05
Smile had a play on it. Smile

By ellavr At 12:51:12 - 02nd Jan 05
Thanks Hermin, now can you tell me what you did, cos I was looking for a way to get rid of the over exposed bits! :o)

By ajhollingbery At 13:11:48 - 02nd Jan 05
A lovely composition spoiled, as I'm sure you'll agree, by the over-exposure within the courtyard. I'm very new to digital photography having been a slide worker for 40 years, but the rule of thumb that works for slides is to expose for the highlights and let the shadows look after themselves. Under-exposure looks better than over. Hermin's adjustment is on the right lines but is, IMHO, far too obvious.

As I like the composition you well deserve a click.

By hermin At 14:27:52 - 02nd Jan 05
Ella, I forgot...Smile

By foggytwo At 16:14:12 - 02nd Jan 05
This is a cracker Ella,its just a pity about the over exposure.Had a go with it in Ulead 10,not very successful though. Click.

By old timer At 16:29:04 - 02nd Jan 05
Nice shot, Ella. Just a bit burnt out at top left, but hey - that must have been a difficult exposure with such a lighting range. I agree with Andy - you can always bring out shadow detail using PS, but you can't put detail into burnt out areas. In such situations I expose for the highlights.

By ljh At 19:35:43 - 02nd Jan 05
Beautifully composed capture.

By speeedyblue2 At 20:30:46 - 02nd Jan 05
Excellent composition Ella, lovely shot.

By novocastria At 10:46:14 - 03rd Jan 05
The lighting was very difficult (I know, I was there!)and having exposed for the highlights myself the depth of shadow made the image way too contrasty. The comp is spot on though and I can live with a little bit burnt out. Well done.

By ellavr At 12:59:22 - 03rd Jan 05
Thanks to you all for your comments. I might have another go at it myself and see what I can do. Watch this space!!

By geegee At 16:05:19 - 03rd Jan 05
Beautiful shot Ella. I love these old villages but they are not easy to capture on film. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Best wishes my friend,

By ellavr At 16:47:09 - 03rd Jan 05
Thanks George - hopefully you will likethe new one - I think I have done quite well in the repair!
3 Jan 2005 9:10AM
Lovely comp, detail and light, Ella. Hope you and Mike had a good New Year. Click
novocastria 18 102
3 Jan 2005 9:24AM
Well done, you have done a terrific job of the PS. *click*
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
3 Jan 2005 9:27AM
You've done a great job there, Ella - it's something I would have baulked at taking on!
ajhollingbery 19 106 England
3 Jan 2005 9:29AM
This is an improvement on the original but the contrast is still too high for my taste. I've had a play with PS and posted my result in the modifications. What do you think?

old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
3 Jan 2005 10:08AM
Correction - I just did take it on! Smile
User_Removed 18 386 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2005 10:09AM
Looks good to me, mind you I don't think there was much wrong with it before.

CatMouse 19 115 Russian Federation
3 Jan 2005 10:40AM
Really beautiful place, great architecture.
We think Ella that this shot was good exposed (due to the lighting conditions).
However, we are not "fine professionals", off course.

Malik & Mary.
foggytwo 19 36 1 Scotland
3 Jan 2005 11:05AM
Its still a good shot Ella,I like it. Click.
highlander 18 32 Scotland
3 Jan 2005 12:08PM
Hello Ella, nice capture of the old village with its quaint alleways and closes...the shades and brightness are well balanced. Nice work and all the best for 2005.
Aurora 18 3 England
3 Jan 2005 1:05PM
Hello Ella, I didn't see yesterdays version, but this one is great. Gives the feeling of a cool walkway in the very hot sun.
ellavr 18 66
3 Jan 2005 1:17PM
Well thank you all and thanks Andy and Jim for those modifications. Especially for your detailed explainations. It was very similar to what I did originally. And here I was thinking I was so clever!! the only reason that there was anything to adjust in levels or curves, was what I had pasted and cloned on from the rest of the picture. I was careful to still make it bright, cos it was a very bright day and I thought it looked a bit flat and unnatural if there was too much colour. But I think I may have erred on the side of caution a bit. :o)

What fun to be able to make these corrections and modifications- thank you Pete!!

Jules, lovely to hear from you.

Thanks Lucien, for your kind comments.

Malik and Mary, always a pleasure to hear from you.

Pete, thanks again.

Doug, thanks for your 2005 greeting, I wish I could spend all my time in old villages!

Barbara, thanks for your comment, it was very sunnny, but really only got hot, when we walked up the hill at the back of the village - it was still November!!

Cheers all

deavilin 18 352 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 12:59AM
Lovely image Ella, really nice feel to itSmile

gwynann 18 72 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2005 8:35AM
Happy New Year Ella, i really like this shot, interesting, click
shidee 18 9
4 Jan 2005 9:59AM
great shot, nice texture, well done.
StevenPrice 18 30 2 England
4 Jan 2005 10:20AM
Good shot well done.

pamnew1 18 3
5 Jan 2005 12:13AM
super work, well done!
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
5 Jan 2005 11:07AM
Lovely shot, Ella...

willbrealey 18 253
5 Jan 2005 4:22PM
Not easy lighting conditions to work with, well done for the photoshop rescue. Might be nice to try cropping it above the '2' sign over the door; I think the tones in the shady area (and the glowing red flowers) are gorgeous.
ellavr 18 66
6 Jan 2005 10:25AM
Thanks all for yoru kind comments. I would rather play in EPZ, but I have to go and do some work.

Will - I will try to do a modification later and put it up, see what it looks like. Thanks

jules41 18 197 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2005 11:51AM
Love these little winding back streets,agree about the lighting being difficult to work with but you've managed to get a really good shot.well done
7 Jan 2005 10:10AM
Great architecture Ella and a super shot with difficult lighting.
11 Jan 2005 9:05AM
Very Nice Quaint and Charming!!
Click to ya...
Suzan Smile
11 Jan 2005 9:08AM
The Larger version is excellent, Luv your borders as well!
Suzan Smile
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
13 Jan 2005 12:52PM
Happy New Year, Ella.

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