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Sand Castles
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Copyright: Jon Fair (Jonela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 1 N: 457] (3470)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-14
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony Alpha A300, Tokina 28-210mm f3.5-f5.6, 72 mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/4.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 6:01
Viewed: 1500
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this on Sunday from the beach at Bamburgh after walking from Seahouses, where Derona, Luckybry, myself and our wives were staying for the week-end. Saturday was the brighter day but although it got cloudy on Sunday it remained dry.

This is a 3 shot hdr the shutter speeds were 1/125, 1/160 and 1/250.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-03-15 11:17]
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Hi Jon,
Good PoV to take Bamburgh from, I know how hard it is to keep modern clutter out of shots of this place and you have done a good job bringing the dunes in, good dramatic sky and nice and sharp. Good to see you lads out and about enjoying yourselves - sorry we couldn't hook up. Best wishes

dont know if its the HDR but something not right here Jon the castle and the sky looks grt but the foreground lets it down maybe to much processing here but deserves a smiley after the trek you made us do to get the shot
tfs regards bryan

Hi Jon,
Great POV in this shot but as LuckyBry says "something just not right"
I have always found that the polariser flattens the image and adds noise unless used in really strong daylight, (personally I only use mine when trying to block reflections from the surface of water). Try a UV filter to help with the sky or graduated ND's (preferred for this type of shot)
The real issue behind the narrow DOF is the F-stop you have selected, for landscape work
"F8 and be there" is the phrase that should be ringing in your ears.

HDR work is not based on shutter speed, granted the speed will change, but is based on + & - F-stops. This has the effect of giving you
1: -An underexposed image to capture detail in highlight areas
2: -A normal exposure to capture the midtones
3: -An over exposed shot to capture detail in the dark areas
One final point I would make is shoot in raw and do your processing work in raw. Working with jpegs only ends up with over-processed shots.

Hope this helps for future shots.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-03-16 19:08]

dear Jon,
a very tasteful view shot of beautiful old castle sandwiched by cloudy sky and illusionary dead glass field,
the early spring light, air and wind fit this scene well.
about HDR effect, in this picture, it looks light,
of course the comment of Trev is adequate, and I recommend you taking RAW data,
thank you for your wonderful shot,

Hello Jon,

I am impressed with your pov.
This is a very difficult castle to capture and make it look so isolated. Your shot certainly delivers the drama and the majesty that this building deserves. I never managed to get a shot with such a good composition.
I have tried to make an HDR from your single shot.
Have a look and see what you think. I'm sure you will enjoy 'messing' in the same way.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Jon! Very fine castle. Mysterious architecture. Good low POV, good DOF, nice colours. Original work. Well done!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2010-04-13 0:58]

Hello Jon.
Interesting castle on your picture. Well composed image. Good point of view and I like colours here and dramatic sky.
Janek Kloss

hi jon
very good shot of this castle,nice wind blowm foreground leading the eye onto the high ground and castle and beyond to a very striking sky.

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