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First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:53:30 AM »



24mm, f14, 6 sec, 100 ISO at 11:30 PM in Dornie Scotland on my way to Isle of Skye.

I took a few at f11 but they didn't come out as well as this one.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 11:00:25 AM »

Outstanding work Stephen. The comp and light are great, you nailed the exposure, the blues and
orange color contrast are great also. The reflection is awesome. No nits from me.

Take care,
Dwayne Oakes
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 04:00:16 AM »

Very good photo.

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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 05:56:16 AM »

Nice one Slim. It is always good to see a new slant on a much-overdone subject. Catching it at 11:30 pm was a great idea. The enhanced straightening tool in the LR5 Beta should cope with the orientation problem mentioned by Stamper and I wonder if LR's auto lens profile for the lens you were using could help with the converging verticals?

You caught it from the best side for a late-night shot. You didn't by any chance hang around to get the dawn shot from the opposite side?
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 06:02:58 AM »

Steven, you have received high praise from photographers who know the place well.
Well done.

BTW I really like it too!

Tony Jay
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 07:09:46 AM »

+1 but do make the horizon line straight.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 11:39:15 AM »

I've received input from different sources on 3 different photos in the past few months that my photos are not quite level.  So I may not have a great eye for this.

You may me right that it is sloping to the right, but I don't know how to verify that it actually is, since the there is no clean horizon line or a reference line I can use.  I always use a leveler on my camera and tripod.  Looking at the photo I see that the castle's vertical lines are slanted to the right, but that may be partly due to the fact the castle is on in the left of the composition and my camera is pointing slightly upwards.  Looking at the horizontal castle lines, it actually slopes to the left, which is consistent since the castle is angled away.  I can't use the bridge as a reference since it is coming towards us and is arched.

It may be that I need to angle the photo to look straight regardless of what the level is.  On this particular photo however, I'm hesitant to do it since it does make the photo smaller, and like the size of it as is.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 01:26:03 PM »

Visually, a fine image.

Technically, I see two issues. One is more of a question: I see a rather cool (i.e., bluish) light on the front walls, and a rather warm (orange) light in the back tower. Are they illuminated by a different-type light source?

The second issue is a strong presence of geometric distortion. Whether it is due to a T/S use, or purely because it is a wide-angle and tilted up, but not only it makes things look weird (on a closer inspection), but it also prevents straightening. Otherwise, an image like this would have been rather easy to straighten, even without any horizon reference points, by simply connecting the above-water elements (e.g., chimneys) with their reflection.

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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013, 03:17:12 PM »

Yes, the castle itself is lit up by at least two different light sources.

The image was taken with the 24-105 L lens.  I should compare it to the ones I took with the TSE-24 prime which didn't come out as well and see if there was any distortion.  I'll do that later.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013, 04:43:12 PM »

Nice capture. Another issue is that the distant hills seem unnaturally bright. All fixable.

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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2013, 06:07:21 PM »

Dang! That is one of the best shots I've seem in a while. Good on ya!

Later Larry
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 09:12:07 PM »

The evocative lighting aside, I like the composition.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 11:04:57 PM »

Nice capture. Another issue is that the distant hills seem unnaturally bright. All fixable.

You are right.  I looked at the original raw and overcorrected.

Also the TSE-24 has much less distortion.  I've corrected the 24-105 as much as I could.  Just reposted the image.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 05:04:09 AM »

It's beautiful, and far better than the majority of pictures of the castle I remember seeing on the interwebs. Well done!
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2013, 12:25:35 AM »

Guys,  I just got 400 hits on my Flickr page on this photo in the past 5 hours compared to only about 50 hits for the past month.  Any of you guys had anything do with it? 
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2013, 11:38:30 AM »

Guys,  I just got 400 hits on my Flickr page on this photo in the past 5 hours compared to only about 50 hits for the past month.  Any of you guys had anything do with it? 

Just one hit from me but it's a very nice take on a classical subject. As you used a level on your camera, E.D. Castle's walls might not be verticals. I'd have to fish out my own photos to check this out, tough.
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Re: First pic of my trip to Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2013, 02:07:10 PM »

Guys,  I just got 400 hits on my Flickr page on this photo in the past 5 hours compared to only about 50 hits for the past month.  Any of you guys had anything do with it?  
Although I don't know any English subtleties,for me,what You said seems to show a kind of sadness.However I like Your shot.
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