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Storm On High

By lynsfiona
Not my usual kind of shot but here goes…

While we were in the Cotswolds this weekend we visited this lovely building - Broadway Tower, it was built in 1799, it sits 1024 feet above sea level and boasts a view of 13 counties from the top. It was a pretty grey day so I expect we only saw a few of these. I wasn't really equipped for this shot wearing a summer dress and a pair of minimal pink flip-flops, I had all on dodging the nettles and the sheep dung!

Thanks for taking a look and have a great start to the week. Please have a look at the larger version if you can!

Lyns x

Tags: Tower Sepia Black and white Cotswolds Broadway Landscape and travel

Voters: Alyssia, JohnDyer, vaughar and 51 more

Highly Commended Photos are given by the team to photos that were good but not quite an editors' choice award. Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



JohnDyer Plus
17 80 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 6:28AM
the large version is stunning, really dramatic, lovely tones
vaughar 18 242 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 6:29AM
Like the overall composition, but you've pushed the levels a little bit too far on the sky and left some banding (where you can see the difference between different shades of grey) on the left.
david deveson 18 63 2 Italy
7 Aug 2006 6:32AM
Maybe you should make this your kind of shot..simply stunning, rich and gutsy
TommyStr 17 9 3 Norway
7 Aug 2006 6:32AM
Dramatic (love the sky) and perfectly composed shot!
7 Aug 2006 6:34AM
Nice one very dramatic...

DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
7 Aug 2006 6:57AM
Good description Lyns, and I've now got a mental picture of you knee-deep in sheep poo with red nettle stings all up your legs. What you do for your art eh?

As you say, this is different for you, so full marks for being brave. I agree with Rob about the banding present in the far left sky, but I'd think you could sort this quite easily.

Overall I like this a lot. The letterbox crop suits the image, and the toning gives a very dramatic and moody atmosphere.

Perhaps it could do with a few figures or even a sheep to give a sense of scale though? Just an idea.

conrad 18 10.9k 116
7 Aug 2006 7:48AM
Had to have a look at this one, especially because it is indeed unusual for you. As far as suggestions go, I think I agree with vaughar and DaveU.

I, too, like the panoramic crop, the mood, the mono, and feel it would definitely be worth it to work on it and make a new version of the image.

Good-looking tower, too. 13 counties, eh? Wow. Sounds like it was worth visiting this location, even though you weren't dressed for it. Glad I don't wear summer dresses and flip-flops... Wink

firzhugh 18 13 New Zealand
7 Aug 2006 8:05AM
great atmosphere, beautiful shot
lynsfiona 18 5
7 Aug 2006 8:15AM
Thanks for all your comments guys - I agree about the banding, wasn't visible on my screen at home but now I'm viewing it on my screen at work I can see it - must sort that out or it will bug me for eternity!! Lyns x
phototime 16 8 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 8:21AM
I love this image very much its got excellent mood very nicely done in B&W brilliant work again.
rhiw_com 16 24
7 Aug 2006 8:27AM
Striking image, looks superb in B&W. Brilliant.
Rg Tony
Tandberg 19 1.2k 2 England
7 Aug 2006 8:43AM
Yeah i can imagine the scene Lyns!
Different from normal uploads and thats Good.
Like the mono with the toning!!

And it looks dark and Spooky...
Well done
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
7 Aug 2006 8:54AM
love the mood ...great atmospheric!

perfect presentation!

thanks 4 the description Lyns

franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 9:05AM
The large version is amazing! I like the lighting and tones to this. Great sky.

The_Collector 16 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 9:30AM
Love it super shot.
7 Aug 2006 10:26AM
Good work.
DYankee 17 6 United States
7 Aug 2006 10:34AM
This may not be your usual, Lyns, but it is sill of your high standards. An exceptional photo! There's nothing wrong with doing something different, especially when you're as talented as you obviously are!
Dawn Smile
lynsfiona 18 5
7 Aug 2006 10:51AM
Thanks for all your lovely comments. Lyns x
xanda 19 244 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 1:45PM
Excellent and atmospheric shot. Finally a place I've actually visited!

7 Aug 2006 3:12PM
Very good work. One thingie I noticed immediately is the white outline of the towers though (especially the right one - as looking), due to contrasting I suppose. perhaps you could clone that out, but apart from that... top work
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
7 Aug 2006 3:20PM
Well done on the HC, well deserved if you ask me....Top drawer work.

hebdens 17 5
7 Aug 2006 3:59PM
great bleak scene, very imposing. Fab work, great style,love it !!
lynsfiona 18 5
7 Aug 2006 4:11PM
Thanks Simon, I hope you had a clearer day than we did!

Thanks Koen, Ade & Tracy. Lyns x
C_Daniels 18 399 10 England
7 Aug 2006 4:19PM
Wonderful wide angle and toning - superb work!
POOCHIE 16 21 6 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 4:20PM
Very dramatic Lyn's and yet another award well done.

lynsfiona 18 5
7 Aug 2006 4:25PM
Thanks very much! Lyns x
TattySnapper 17 10 England
7 Aug 2006 4:42PM
Gorgeous shot! Just my cup of tea - moody skys and solitude wrapped in sepia! Superb effort!
7 Aug 2006 6:15PM
Well done Lyns, you deserve your awards. Great dramatic shot, like it.
John X (-:
turtle1 18 41 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 6:46PM
You've created a super atmospheric shot here, love the composition also.

Imagine23 16 241 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 6:49PM
Love it! Moody and very atmospheric. You need to get yourself some pink wellies instead Smile
Jouİo 18 56 Finland
7 Aug 2006 6:57PM
stunning work, Lyns!


DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
7 Aug 2006 9:04PM
Congrats on the HC Lyns !!
lynsfiona 18 5
7 Aug 2006 10:01PM
Thank you all for your lovely comments and thanks very much Pete for the HC!! Smile)
Lyns x
chris-p 17 75 England
7 Aug 2006 10:57PM
Quite a dramatic image you have produced..well done
oppo 17 6 2 Scotland
8 Aug 2006 9:40PM
You have created a very dramatic mood with this one. Excellent !

tonymarq 17 1 United States
9 Aug 2006 12:21AM
Lynn stunning capture and the treatment really brings out it's beauty!

stay well
Mono 17 43
10 Aug 2006 9:58AM
Thought I recognised this place. Only used to live 5 miles from there Wink Clever thinking to shoot from that distance. I've just posted a shot I took there a few months back, at 10mm for a different perspective.

Cheers, Dave
draxwayze 19 74
11 Aug 2006 6:26AM
Recognised it immediately, but never have I seen it in these lighting conditions. Lovely shot, and great treatment. Real 'Wuthering Heights' stuff this!
RipleyExile 19 1.6k 17 England
11 Aug 2006 11:46AM
Definitely doesn't look like summer dress and flip flop weather.

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