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« on: March 29, 2012, 02:14:03 PM »
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Misty pre-dawn on Holy island.


Castle Dawn...Holy Island by Shaunwalby Photography, on Flickr
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 02:46:24 PM »
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The mysterious castle draws me in, but then it's the rocks that reward the viewer... I like the purposeful but not garish treatment.  It reminds me of some of the locations shot in books by Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite on 4x5 velvia.

A little 'smooth' for my tastes, but an excellent example of the genre.  I'd not mind seeing some dodging done to the stone wall to get some more detail, it seems a little too dark.  Quality of light on the foreground is excellent however.

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 06:33:52 PM »
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What he said. Lovely image.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 10:21:31 PM »
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Add my voice to the "lovely image" camp. Gorgeous light on the rock. You have captured the essence of what is a truly magical corner of England.

I hesitate to add critique to such a great image but I have two thoughts:
  • Perhaps it's my romantic-view-of-history side coming out, but I would love to see the same image with the wooden fence cloned out. I find the straight lines of the fence too modern and too garish for such an otherworldly scene. The boards keep pulling my eye away from what's important in the scene - all that gorgeous detail in the foreground.
  • A slight cropping of the left will also move the castle to a less-central position creating more movement around the scene.

Thanks for sharing! What a morning!
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 10:44:13 PM »
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One of your best so far, Shaun. I think a darker version was posted a while ago? This one has really good light.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012, 06:07:04 AM »
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Love this, especially the textures of the rocks and that rusted old mooring ring.  If I was to nitpick, I'd have to agree with Terry re-the fence but that would just be me being very overcritical.

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012, 06:37:36 AM »
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The mysterious castle draws me in, but then it's the rocks that reward the viewer... I like the purposeful but not garish treatment.  It reminds me of some of the locations shot in books by Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite on 4x5 velvia.

A little 'smooth' for my tastes, but an excellent example of the genre.  I'd not mind seeing some dodging done to the stone wall to get some more detail, it seems a little too dark.  Quality of light on the foreground is excellent however.

Thanks very much c_soars
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 06:38:02 AM »
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What he said. Lovely image.


Thanks Eric
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2012, 06:39:44 AM »
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Add my voice to the "lovely image" camp. Gorgeous light on the rock. You have captured the essence of what is a truly magical corner of England.

I hesitate to add critique to such a great image but I have two thoughts:
  • Perhaps it's my romantic-view-of-history side coming out, but I would love to see the same image with the wooden fence cloned out. I find the straight lines of the fence too modern and too garish for such an otherworldly scene. The boards keep pulling my eye away from what's important in the scene - all that gorgeous detail in the foreground.
  • A slight cropping of the left will also move the castle to a less-central position creating more movement around the scene.

Thanks for sharing! What a morning!


Thanks for quality crit....i consider the points youve made very useful/valid....i shall consider at print
Regards shaun
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012, 06:41:21 AM »
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One of your best so far, Shaun. I think a darker version was posted a while ago? This one has really good light.
Scott

Thanks Scott...impressed you remembered the mono version from a very overcast day, since taking that ive been very keen to get back and capture this in colour.

Thanks Shaun
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2012, 06:45:32 AM »
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Love this, especially the textures of the rocks and that rusted old mooring ring.  If I was to nitpick, I'd have to agree with Terry re-the fence but that would just be me being very overcritical.

Dewi

 Thanks Dewi

ummm the fence to remove or not to remove?  If this was less than an absolute mega classic UK photographic location....i would have removed it,  as it is sooooo very popular....iam in two minds. I think for those outside the UK....they would want to see it without fence?
i shall debate this at print.

cheers shaun
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2012, 07:17:38 AM »
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Congratulations. There's interest throughout the picture - for me no problem with the fence.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2012, 04:16:22 PM »
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cheers shaun

Please, add your words after the [/quote] tag.

Please please, consider thanking several people in one comment.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2012, 03:13:31 AM »
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Congratulations. There's interest throughout the picture - for me no problem with the fence.

Thanks very much John.....the fence posibly maybe?Huh
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2012, 05:10:13 AM »
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Wonderful and mysterious photo. I would leave it as it is…
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2012, 09:13:40 AM »
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Stunning image Shaun and as was previously mentioned it has that lovely velvia feel to it. I disagree that the fence should be removed nor do I think it should be cropped because the photo is quite heavy on the left (if you know what I mean Smiley). However this affect is disguised by the the change in angle of the fence on the very left. If you removed that than the image would really look quite unbalanced. If you move your hand over the left 1/4 of the image you'll see what I mean.

I forgot also to mention there is a nice triangulation formed in the rock on the bottom left. Again cropping in would either remove part of the triangulation or at the very best crop tight up against it.

One of your best so far IMO
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2012, 09:18:01 AM »
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2012, 10:45:55 AM »
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Wonderful and mysterious photo. I would leave it as it is…
Congrats

Thanks Francois
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2012, 10:54:09 AM »
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Its a great image.
The contrasts between hard and soft parts, the color contrasts and other features are well balanced.
Gives a good feeling looking at it!
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2012, 10:57:54 AM »
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Stunning image Shaun and as was previously mentioned it has that lovely velvia feel to it. I disagree that the fence should be removed nor do I think it should be cropped because the photo is quite heavy on the left (if you know what I mean Smiley). However this affect is disguised by the the change in angle of the fence on the very left. If you removed that than the image would really look quite unbalanced. If you move your hand over the left 1/4 of the image you'll see what I mean.

I forgot also to mention there is a nice triangulation formed in the rock on the bottom left. Again cropping in would either remove part of the triangulation or at the very best crop tight up against it.

One of your best so far IMO

Thanks Enda.... yes i agree it does have a richness usually associated with film velvia in particular about it,for me if you get your timing right (lighting) digital can produce something very near to top quality film...iam sure some film users would disagree mind. The framed was designed without much thought about the fence really it was an integral part of the scene i was looking at....i think either way it isnt going to make too much difference?...at the moment iam ok with it as is.
i would agree this image is certainly one of my better ones...iam currently working through capture/processing to fully understand why it worked..

regards Shaun
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