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POTM [04/08] Eilean Donan Castle

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by yodasarmpit, 24 Apr 2008.

  1. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    #1 Eilean Donan Castle. [This one will be submitted as a POTM entry]
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    #3 Loch Alsh.
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    #5 Eilean Donan Castle. UPDATED Version
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  2. Vers

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    #1 Hands down (maybe kill the light spots on the structure -> full silhouette). #5 seems like it could be a great shot but the lack of contrast, specifically in the hillside, takes away from it...possibly a bit of PP could bring it up, maybe a tighter crop as well (more pano-like). Other than that it has a lot of potential...nice lighting and reflection. Hope that doesn't come off to nit-picky, no harm intended.

    -Matt
     
  3. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Cheers Matt, I know what you mean about #5.
    I have a number of shots at various exposures so may try and pull something off in PP.
    Still a bit tired after the drive up there and back.
     
  4. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    I think #5 is by far the best of the bunch. I so can't wait to get over there and get my own shots!
     
  5. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    It's actually the first time I've been up the West Highlands, I just can't tell you how breathtaking the area is.
     
  6. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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    I'm really quite a fan of #5. I like #1, but like Matt I see a whole lot of potential in #5. The contrast and slight UV haze is fixable and I think you have the building blocks for a beautiful image underneath.

    Unlike Matt, I'm not sure I'd go for a full blackening of the castle in #1. The light isn't really distracting, in fact it provides a focal point within the focal point that I enjoy. It could have been distracting if it were the wrong color or something, but it's actually an asset to the image as far as I'm concerned.
     
  7. zabe

    zabe Perfect in my imperfection

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    Well, gotta say that my favorite is number 1, but as other said before, number 5 could look even better with a little bit of ps... and since you guys don't suck as much as I do in post-processing, i'm sure you can bring lots of improvement!! :)
     
  8. Hazardous

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    Indeed :rock: It's for precisely that reason, my mum and step-dad never go anywhere else for their annual holiday ;)
    "Why would we want to pay £100's - £1,000's to go abroad, when we have such beautiful scenery right on our own doorstep?"

    Those photos help illustrate their point entirely :rock:

    #5 is my personal favourite too Yoda, but they're all beautiful shots :clap:
     
  9. Tim92

    Tim92 Blah! Blah!

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    Wow, very nice shots!

    Wish we had stuff like that around here. I have to agree, number #5 takes the cake.

    May I use #5 as a background?
     
  10. TNash

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    Wonderful, yoda. I love the first one.
     
  11. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    Some very nice photos there, yoda.

    I prefer #5 to the others. The others, while nice silhouettes, lack something to give them a real punch. I can't really put my finger on it, but they almost feel too plain. Although, the inherent serenity in them helps enhance the calm feeling of sunset at the day's end.

    I really like #5. In my opinion, the lack of contrast in the background helps the castle and bridge pop out of the image. The warm light is wonderful. Since the sky is a featureless, I would agree with Matt that you could stand to crop a bit off the top and make the image more panoramic.

    I really wish we had geography and architecture like that around here. :(

    -monkey
     
  12. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    I've put them through some PS work as I feel I'm sometimes too conservative with post processing.

    Opinions anyone?

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    #3a
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  13. zabe

    zabe Perfect in my imperfection

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    1a. still definitely my favourite choice. Looks really nice with those pink-red-purple colors, but maybe increasing the yellow tint from the beginning might also look cool (just a thought). I prefer 5a as it was before, without so much contrast. 3a is miiiiiiles better than the before. nice work!!
     
  14. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    1st #1 for POTM and 1st #5 are tops.
    The PS adjustments you've made don't fall in my tastes. The "original" ones are definitely the best. The pink tint you enhanced on #1 might be better if not as candid. I think generally you've slightly overdone the adjustments but the ideas behind are good.

    I wish I had such beautiful nature close by :)
     
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    Brett, I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty to do a bit of messin' with #5...heres what I came up with in the matter of 5-10 min. Obviously if I had the original file I could make more in depth tweaks but...

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    I'll have you know PP is not my strong suit (let alone landscapes), I'd much rather be out taking the photos rather than sitting behind my monitor editing them. BTW I didn't touch the sky nor did I use NR, so the image may look a bit pixelated.

    Again...I usually don't touch other peoples work so I hope I did not offend. My apologies if so.

    -Matt
     
  16. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Not bad, however it's a little over saturated, toning that down does the trick though.
     
  17. Vers

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    eh, I guess its personal taste, I should have toned down the hill top and the foliage on the left hand side a bit possibly even the bridge but the castle, island and evergreens look fairly good IMO...then again its your image ;) Looking forward to your final.
     
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    How did you manage to get screens of aplha version of next Elder Scrolls?!!

    I love the shots mate..
     
  19. TNash

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    I'm not sure I like the purple tones, Yoda. I think the originals are better.
     
  20. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    It was an eight and a half hour round trip, so I'm sure you have something just as close :D
     
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