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On The Bank with Eilean

By Leilani      
It's Eilean Donan Castle! It was quite an overcast day as was most of the trip but it's a really lovely view especially whilst having breakfast Wink

Going through old raw photos much of which I have discarded because they were dull and lifeless, as I am learning more about raw files and that they are mostly like this, so I got all creative, and even put a border around for a change Tongue Hope I have done these fab place some justice!

Oh I have added a second version with a slight tint as I couldn't make up my mind which I liked better! Maybe you can tell me Grin

Tags: Scotland Castle Eilean donan Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Dorney

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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
16 Jan 2012 12:06PM
Nice job and I think V1 is the one for me


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MattB1987 6 458 England
16 Jan 2012 12:07PM
Well shot photo, thought the subject is a bit drab for my liking, perhaps it would make a more stiking mono? Obviously this is only my opinion, but shooting wise it think it has been done well.
16 Jan 2012 12:29PM
Great shot v1 does it for me well captured.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
16 Jan 2012 12:32PM
This is a fantastic shot, beautifully composed.V1 is for me today.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 12:34PM
Good shot v2 for me .Rob
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
16 Jan 2012 12:43PM
Nice dramatic sky
(Spelt Eilean by the way)
Leilani 13 29 3 England
16 Jan 2012 12:48PM
Kaybee you are indeed correct! Thank you for correcting my error. I shall update that immediately Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 1:00PM
Both great but I like the brown tone of V2Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 1:13PM
A super composition here - V1 is my preference today, love that sky!
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
16 Jan 2012 1:32PM
Gorgeous shot, I slightly prefer V2.
Seems we may be split on the choice.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Jan 2012 2:12PM
Nice shot, V 1 for me though.
16 Jan 2012 2:27PM
Good composition. I prefer V1.
I drove past the castle yesterday hoping for a night shot but there was scaffolding up!
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 3:46PM
Wonderful image, but V1 for me.

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 3:47PM
Lovely shot !!!....has a sort of 'painterly' quality, which is appealing !!!!
16 Jan 2012 7:57PM
Lovely view, excellent composition.
I like them both Smile

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
16 Jan 2012 8:03PM
i like the warmer tones of v2, a great capture.
jabe 7 10 4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 9:24PM
Grin good angle for this shot aand the cloud formation is just right to portray this bleay building.Grin
Leilani 13 29 3 England
16 Jan 2012 10:07PM
Oh My Goodness! Thank you all for your votes and comments...I'm truly's put a big smile on my face Smile Bless you all!
A very nice creative portfolio. I like V1 but can see your tonal contrast changing and giving stronger colour in V2. Well done. WesternRed.
I know you have added a tint but using Nik Sofware Tonal Contrast will enrichen you colours also.
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
17 Jan 2012 6:24AM
V1 has a nice sharpness about it but the warmer tones of V2 give it enrichment in the earth and cloud.
Nicely done Jocelia……….
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 6:40AM
V2 for me...
Like the clouds better with a tad more colour...
Great work...
mhfore 11 6 176 England
17 Jan 2012 11:51AM
Hi Leilani,
I think this is a great subject with the makings of a very dramatic shot. As you have this in raw can I suggest you try triple processing, One for the sky to bring out the anger that is there, one for the foreground and one for the Castle then with a bit of blending and masking etc I think you could have something with a good feel.


pink boots or no pink boots for this one. Grin Grin Grin
Leilani 13 29 3 England
17 Jan 2012 12:59PM
Martin you's cheeky Wink I might well have had the pink boots on! I am gonna have to put the pink boots up! lol Smile

Thank you for the great tips! I know I can do a lot more with this image in Photoshop and I am getting there...after watching so many tutorials i've got a bit supersaturated! I used Lightroom2 for this and everything day I might get the hang of processing better Smile That and having a decent lens!
mhfore 11 6 176 England
17 Jan 2012 2:33PM
Leilani here's a task for you.
1. Open up your file in raw and only concentrate on the sky, get it as you want it (as dramatic as possible)
2. Hold down the Alt button while pressing "open" and it will open into elements.
3. Then save as, eg "1" or "a" or whatever, as a jpeg and save your image back to your file.
4. Re-open your raw and now work on the foreground, get it as you want and follow steps 2 & 3
5. Open up images one and two and (this dosen't matter which one) press select then from the drop down menue click "select all" you will get marching ants around the image.
6 Click "edit" then "copy"
7. Click your other image to bring it into view
8. Click "edit" and select "paste", you will now have your first image lying on top of the second image.
9. Click on a layer mask, select the colour black (black or white boxes at the bottm left side) select the paint brush and run the brush over the bits you want to erase, i.e if the top image is the forground erase the drab sky and you will be left with the dramatic sky on the image below. If you erase to much change the colour to white and go ovwer the areas you wish to replace.
10. When your satisfied go to layers and click "flatten layers". You now have an image with a sky and foreground to your liking.
11. If you want to adjust the castle just repeat the steps above.

There as got to be a better way than all this but it's a good way to get started and learn a little about elements.

Hope this all makes sense,

Go on, have a go. Grin

Leilani 13 29 3 England
17 Jan 2012 9:26PM
Awww bless you Martin! Thank you for taking the time to post this, I shall have a go! Can't promise it will be today, or next few days as I am focusing on rebuilding my website (after an upgrade disaster) this week but I really appreciate the kind thought! I will let you know Smile
Never visited the place though I trust your feelings - I believe the photo makes it justice!
I think both versions are awesome however, I prefer the 1st one as it looks more natural; the 2nd version looks photoshopped although it's a very good one as well.
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 4:13PM
Beautiful capture, nicely composed. I prefer V1 as the grey sky adds greatly to the mood of the image and complements the grey rocks/castle/bridge and greenery better.
waineswitch 10 88 Scotland
6 Feb 2012 9:54PM
V1 definately, that's how it looks any time I've seen it.

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