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Bruce Castle tower

By Firedragon
I don't have much time so I've decided to take my camera out and about with me and snap at whatever captures my imagination.

I love the little window in this tower as I imagine an imprisioned princess looking longingly at the life going on below.

Tags: Architecture


PatrickDodds 10 2 1
28 Apr 2009 10:20PM
I hope you get some good pics that way! I've been lugging my camera around for the last few years - what really makes a difference, for me anyway, is if I actually have it in my hand as I wander about - I find I see the world in potential pictures then, almost instinctively. That said, I think it is the curse of the amateur not to have a rationale, a reason for taking pictures.
Anyway, I'm blathering - good luck with your photos.
I like the angle of view of the above, BTW, and the B&W treatment, though the light strikes me as a bit harsh where the sun hits the bricks. Also, have you tried a bit of HDR'ing? Might work a treat on those old bricks.

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28 Apr 2009 10:30PM
Agree with you about the light but it was the earliest that I could get there as it's in a park and there is only the one little window. Any techniques to deal with this?'s that? Gonna scurry away and check that out!

Thanks Patrick Smile

(And I love ur duck...didn't realise it was real to begin with)
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 5:41PM
Hello, Yvonne. I like your idea of the imprisoned princess in the tower. When shooting outdoors, you will need to be aware of your exposure control, ISO setting, white balance, etc., and to set these according to the conditions you find. If you are using auto settings, you have no control. In this picture, your camera has exposed for the tower and has overexposed the sky, leaving no detail. The mono conversion works, however, and you can get away with a white sky, or even put a bit of grey, or even a clouds filter, in there in editing. A circular polariser will help to give sky detail. Shooting away from the sun is always going to help. Using exposure compensation is a good idea. Keep your ISO low on a bright day. You had to contend with some overhanging trees that are casting shadows across the tower and, although this can be a nice effect, it does detract from the brick detail and texture. Not an easy one to get just right. I think that on a more overcast day, or at a time of day when the light is less intense, you could manage a better image. I like the arch shapes and the way the shadows accentuate these areas. This is an interesting subject, and well worth having another go.
30 Apr 2009 8:38AM
Thank you Pamela. I will definitely give it another go.
malc_c 13 2 167 England
30 Apr 2009 11:21AM
Hi again, It's great that you are thinking about the story your pictures are telling. They say a picture has to tell a story or be beautiful to be great- in my experience they generally have to hit both unless you can do landscapes like Charlie Waite or Joe Cornish...

With a bright sky you are really up against it using the little Canon, but the use of mono pretty much lets you get away with the burned out sky. What's more the relatively harsh lighting converted to mono emphasises the texture of the bricks and allows us to ignore what I think would be a distraction in the bright green leaves of the trees- so the choice of mono is excellent.

My first mod has added in a simple and reasonably sympathetic sky to show what a difference it can make- of course different is not the same as better- you decide. Maybe it makes the image too safe, almost pastoral.

My second mod illustrates my other comment on the composition, which is the slanting vertical. Unfortunately doing the mod meant I had to crop off quite a bit, and the resulting crop is rubbish- but I hope it illustrates the point. Which is- as you want to place emphasis on the window (and you didn't have a friend to lean out of it in medieval head-dress), your picture needs to lead the viewer's eye naturally to the window, and using the brick arches to almost 'point' to the window through the vertical perspective distortion is your best tool to hand, but to work best the arches need to be symmetrical, and hence vertical, rather than falling over.

Hope you don't mind the comments, I wouldn't be making them if I didn't like what you've done to start with. And always remember you're free to have your own opinion and disagree.

2 May 2009 8:08AM
Hi Malcolm! Of course I don't mind your comments - I really appreciate people taking the time to help! Thank you for your mods...I love the sky! I had tried straightening that vertical but didn't like the crop. It's something to think about whenever I have the time to take the shot again.
angie44 11
19 May 2009 10:40PM
hey , just want to say im only just starting out so dont feel i can comment on a very technical brilliance , but just keep going shoot as much and as often as you can , im a single parent and know all about the time thing , but keep going the best advise i ever got on this site was practice practice practice , lol , and god knows im forever doing that , sometimes i upload and get ok votes and comments , and other times feel i might as well of not bothered my ass , hey ho thats how it goes , if i can help in any way just drop a message , angie

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