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Bolton Priory Again

By Wooly
Taken 15th August at 10:25

This is another shot of Bolton Priory taken from the waters edge. In this shot I tried to include the larger stones in the water. The camera was tripod mounted as low as possible (about 18”) to maximise the reflection in the water.
I’ve had to do a bit with this to drag the colour and detail out due to the severe overcast conditions.
Prepared in RawShooter, I increased the colour saturation and vibrance a tad to put some life back in to the grass etc. I decreased the highlight contrast a lot, this helped bring out the detail in the priory and give it that painted look. In Photoshop I then pasted this image over a second that had it’s exposure adjusted by -1/3 to give the sky a touch more drama. To select all the sky I then pasted a third image that had its exposure ramped right up, I used this image to create a selection area using the magic wand to pick out all the overexposed sky area, I also used the command “select similar” to pick out all those isolated areas such as the windows and in amongst the trees. Once all the sky had been selected, I removed from the selection any areas that I didn’t want by “Alt dragging” a selection rectangle over the bottom half of the image. I then feathered the selection by 1 pixel and saved it. Next I deleted the over exposed layer and used my saved selection to delete the sky and reveal the -1/3 EV adjusted sky underneath. I then merged the two layers. Next I reused my saved selection area again and neat image at slightly higher than default settings to reduced the noise in the sky. I then used smart sharpen at default settings, cloned out a couple of dust spots in the sky added a border and converted to profile sRGB and saved for web.

And there you have it….

The whole process probably took longer to type then do!

1/10ec F/22.0 ISO 200 -2/3 EV Hoya UV and cokin Z121s ND grad.

Large version is best

Have a good weekend.


Tags: Architecture Bolton abbey Digitally manipulated Bolton priory Landscape and travel

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Fujiconvert 17 1.3k England
2 Sep 2006 6:36AM
Good viewpoint from an area that I know fairly well.You have done well to make a decent image from less than perfect conditions.I particularly like the low angle and reflection.
Well done,
2 Sep 2006 6:52AM
Beautiful landscape. Dof is very good. I like the water that looks like a mirror.
ColouredImages 17 47 35 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 6:53AM
Yep, the inlcusion of the stones adds to the overall composition
AnnaBanana 15 119 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 7:21AM
Really like the angle and viewpoint - makes for an intriguing shot. Good work on getting a shot like this out of poor weather conditions.

Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
2 Sep 2006 7:48AM
Hi Wooly, (what a great name!), Like this but having just had a wee look at your folio, ... The last one works better for me with the few rocks in the foreground.

Gets a well deserved click though!

Wooly 16 112 4 England
2 Sep 2006 8:14AM
Thanks Scotty, I've had it a long time. Smile

Tandberg 18 1.2k 2 England
2 Sep 2006 8:26AM
Just shows good weather dont have to be there to attain good shots!!
Well done Wooly
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 8:47AM
Top shot Alan. Love it mate.

John_Horner 16 12 2 England
2 Sep 2006 9:29AM
A nice dramatic sky as a great backdrop to the Abbey and water reflections Alan. Nicely done and a good exposure.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
2 Sep 2006 9:29AM
Hi Alan
I've exchanged comments with Brian, but only now noticed the link to youSmile

Great PF you are having here!

Even though landscapes is not my side of the photography, yours are just beautiful!
All photos are performed technically well and compositionally correct!
Descriptions are excellent too.

Feel free to visit my page if you have timeSmile
George Rusky
Sezz 16 619 15 England
2 Sep 2006 9:37AM
Beautiful work of the Priory Alan, thanks for the description of how you achieved this, you make it sound so easy - I for one Know it's not! Well done.

Sez Smile
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
2 Sep 2006 9:53AM
Hi Alan,what a magnificent shot of the priory,it show off the priory to perfection,the reflections,lighting,dof,shading,ominous sky,looks like you might be in for a drooking,fantastic description and quality composition.Take care.AnnSmile
jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
2 Sep 2006 9:53AM
A lovely shot Alan with great colours, a super composition and wonderful reflections. Well done. CLIK,
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
2 Sep 2006 10:51AM
well its good work and an example for others to follow of the process involved
Wooly 16 112 4 England
2 Sep 2006 11:05AM
Thanks everyone for the very encouraging comments, always appreciated.

Cheers Alan
KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 England
2 Sep 2006 12:02PM
Thank you for explaining how you treated this photo! I really like the end result, the reflection and the colours are good. Good work.
2 Sep 2006 12:54PM
Beautiful photo Alan, the reflections are excellent and you've handled the low light day so well and made it an advantage, impressive shot, Adrian
2 Sep 2006 12:56PM
This is great Alan, the effort and the work that you put into it has paid handsome dividends, well done.
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 7:15PM
Good shot and manipulation. I have bookmarked your description for for future reference.

Chriscj 15 96 1 England
2 Sep 2006 10:24PM
Good composition and reflections.

GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 9:05AM
Excellent capture and work!
chase Plus
16 2.2k 584 England
3 Sep 2006 11:40AM
Nicely worked Alan,nice angle on this one.Good detail & light..thanks for posting your technique.
BarbaraB 16 53 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 9:44PM
Fantastic! Thanks for all the info!
tonymarq 16 1 United States
4 Sep 2006 2:06AM
Alan excellent work and bringing out the detail to increase the view!

stay well
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
4 Sep 2006 1:22PM
Do you want to come round and see if you can do a job on mine LoL
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2006 3:17PM
Excellent work alan, love the detail in the water,and the reflections.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2006 6:10PM
Lovfely angle of Bolton Abbey. I've seen this one on here in the moonlight. Now from the river? lovely reflections. A very serene shot. Would look nice framed in wood and hung on the wall. Wish you could teach me that!!!

Take care

Thanks for your visit.

8 Sep 2006 7:05AM
Beautiful scene Alan and you've put work into the taking of it. Excellent composition, great shot,Adrian
8 Sep 2006 7:14AM
Gorgeous Alan, the light and composition is just wonderful. Perfect. helen
anthhope 15 1 England
10 Sep 2006 8:51AM
Great composition and use of the stones in the foreground.
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 4:01PM
Wonderful colours and reflections Alan

TrevorPlumbe 15 60 England
27 Sep 2006 9:27AM
Hi Alan,magnificent shot of the Priory

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