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The Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle

By DicksPics
This image was taken during our trip to Scotland in the summer - it was quite a dull day!
A bit of an experiment today - I've been playing with HDR in PS and, to be honest, I'm not totally convinced!
Not really sure what I'm doing but, I thought I'd give it a go!
All comments and suggestions for improvement gratefully received!
Many, many thanks for all the views, clicks and comments on my 'Protea Cynaroides' upload and a special thank you
to Carol(CarolG), Carol(Caziwinkles) and Alan(Alan_Baseley) for their much valued User Awards!SmileSmileSmile
Have a great weekend.
Richard

Tags: Scotland Architecture Hdr Eilean donan castle Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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Comments


Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 4:48PM
This is lovely in sepia Richard.
Did you take your exposures in camera?
I think it's quite difficult doing HDR in photoshop -
I used to have Photomatix which I think is better - it seemed to blend more intuitively
but maybe it's just practise we need in Photoshop.
Looks like your light was quite flat to start with here?
I don't know the answers - hope somebody can make some suggestions.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 69 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 4:53PM
Fine shot !!!......lovely detail in this strong composition, & nice sepia finish for a timeless image !!

I've tried HDR, but find it 'flattens' the image too much, & needs a lot of 'faffing' to create any depth, especially in landscapes !!.....but
I think it works better in gritty portraits or architectural shots ??........so it depends on the subject matter/lighting, but certainly worth
experimenting with, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ??
Excellent Richard, love the sepia and the super composition,
Fred.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 108 14 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:02PM
Like the toneing RichardSmile

Cliff
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:08PM
V1 is my fave...... I know nothing about HDR, so cant help at allSadBlush
Diane
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:15PM
Nice image V2 for meSmile

Eileen
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:18PM
A terrific shot which looks lovely in sepia; sorry don't know about HDR except that half the time it looks horrid! (but not yours!)
Ju
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:24PM
This is superb Richard - I love the grittiness to it.
Have you used a HDR plug in?? I have dabbled in CS5 with a plug in and I have been quite pleased with the results.

Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:25PM
Love the idea of a sepia toned version and couldn't resist uploading my version. Lovely scene.
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:27PM
V2 gets my vote.
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
1 Nov 2013 5:35PM
Knowing nothing about HDR I cannot comment usefully, and thus find Niknut's comments interesting: I like your composition here with the lead in from the bridge, and the images have great depth.
Of the two the colour version appeals the better to me, Richard.
R.
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
1 Nov 2013 5:44PM
A wonderful presentation, Richard, works a treat with this fine image. Carol
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 5:46PM
Beautifully composed in sepia. Peter.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
1 Nov 2013 5:49PM
Think you should stick at it Richard, it does take a bit of getting used to does this HDR business! It's all too easy to overdo it, producing garish results. Agree with Niknut in that it works better on architectural images rather than landscapes, and it's a matter of achieving a fine balance - especially like here where you have half and half!
I really like the viewpoint and composition in this, the bridge leads the eye in very nicely towards the castle. Hard to pick between the two versions - V1 has a timeless feel about it, but do like the coloured V2 Smile Think it would have to be half a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile
1 Nov 2013 6:05PM
Excellent composition beautiful process and presentation Richard! V1 is my choice!
Regards,
George
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 6:26PM
I prefer V2 , it's great to try new things so well done,

Ali
myrab 10 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 6:35PM
2 very good images Richard, both good in their own right.

Myra
netta1234 Plus
4 381 2 Wales
1 Nov 2013 6:45PM
I like them both as much,Great setSmile
NettaSmile
Two terrific images Richard..V1 for me, love the sepia Grin

Lynette Grin
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
1 Nov 2013 7:34PM
IMO your manipulation in No. 1 is not an improvement on the original which I like very much.

Albert
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 69 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 8:09PM
Couldn't resist a mod., on the sepia version........mainly to add a little 'body' & depth to the shot.....& added a bit of cloud too, plus got rid of the tourists !!Smile
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
1 Nov 2013 8:16PM
I much prefer V2 Richard with the natural colour.
Joan.
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 9:41PM
Two superb images with a great lead in to the old castle Richard, and I have to say I prefer the coloured version as it really enhances the contrast between the stonework and the surrounding greenery.

Ray
johnlw 10 1 10 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 9:42PM
Very ice **** like the way the path leads into the image. And the processing gives it that aged feel.
Regards John.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
1 Nov 2013 10:41PM
HDR is a blending of two or more images to bring out the full range of tones Richard, this looks like only one image used but could be wrong, HDR done right can be spectacular also tonemapping of one image can bring out all the tones, Photomatix or Nik software does excellent jobs of both of these methods, keep experimenting as the results can turn something very boring in to a great capture. V2 for me.

Regards

Trev.
1 Nov 2013 11:00PM
A very strong composition here, Richard. I prefer V2.

Lavina
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
2 Nov 2013 7:26AM
Excellent compo, Richard. I like both. Wonderful!
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
2 Nov 2013 11:39AM
Beautiful composition Richard, and I think I prefer V2.
Rende
2 Nov 2013 2:58PM
Excellent composition Richard. I like them both.
Effrossini
2 Nov 2013 5:09PM
You are featured e2 piccy at the moment Smile Smile Smile
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termite53 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 9:06PM
I use Photomatix too but have not experimented much with HDR..I do like the processing in this, the sepia tone suits the subject

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