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Eilien Donan

By limafish
A first play at using layer masks and sepia effect for me on this picture of Eilien Donan, taken I guess about 3/4 years ago, can't remember what camera!

Used the mask to darken the sky and lighten the foreground and then adjusted curves (also something I have little experience of!)

Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2010 3:33PM
I think the processing has worked well to create a dramatic image. It's nice and contrasty and there's interest throughout the frame.

I'd say that it does look processed, which I think is perfectly fine but you need to be more gentle with the controls if you're after a more natural look. Since you were working with a JPEG, things have become a bit noisy where you've recovered detail from the shadows. Again, I don't think that's a problem for this image but shooting RAW would give you more leeway for this kind of editing.

The composition is a bit central, which makes the castle rather dominant. Paradoxically, you might get a better feeling for the castle within its landscape if you cropped a bit off the left-hand side to pull the castle away from the centre.

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limafish 8 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2010 4:40PM
Thanks David for your comments.

The original shot was taken towards the end of the day with little light available and the original is quite dull so I am pleased that I managed to get some drama and contrast into the picture. Since taking this pic I have moved over to shooting in RAW though definately still learning what to do with the images!

The original shot had a load of the loch in the foreground which I cropped out because it wasn't interesting and whilst thinking about the rule of thirds, I just concentrated too much on the top to bottom thirds and forgot to think about side to side!
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2010 6:04PM
Quite strong, but a bit over processed. Something doesn't look quite right between th castle and sky along the interface. Unlike the first comment, I thin the end product lacks contrast - you have arrived at an image with a very tight range of tones where a bit wider range would be an advantage.

9 Apr 2010 1:59PM
Very good first attempt, nice image of a lovely location.

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