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Old Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM   #11
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thats a fab shot definitely one worth getting printed large and framed.

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Old Jul 29, 2011, 4:35 AM   #12
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He's my shot of the castle, should have been a bit further up the hill but this was taken as we were leaving and headed for lunch at the pub!!!

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Old Jul 29, 2011, 6:03 AM   #13
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So where's the photo of your son downing a pint?

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So where's the photo of your son downing a pint?

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Ted, at 12 he's a wee bit young. He doesn't like it anyway
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Ted, at 12 he's a wee bit young. He doesn't like it anyway
Hah! At about that age I pestered my father for a taste of beer and he wisely let me taste it. Eeeewwww. To this day I still don't like it all that much.

Anyway, at least in the US it would be suicidal for a parent to post a photo of a minor child drinking alcohol, on a public forum where a zealous prosecutor could find it.
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I don't drink that often, only whilst on holiday.

I don't think its just limited to the US Ted, big brother is always watching.
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Old Jul 29, 2011, 11:07 AM   #17
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It's an aquired taste....

The castle hasn't changed a lot in the past few (700) years, has it, needs a bit of defered maintenance looking at.

Sam, Don't know what you use for post proccessing so I hope you don't mind. I gave your shots just 3 clicks each in Picasa (free from google) and got this. Applogies if I overstepped.
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I used GIMP also free. Can I ask what you did?
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Yeh Sam. Went to 'tuning' and set the 'shadows' slide to about 1/2 way. (makes it pretty dark it also enhances the blue in a sea or sky shot, a lot like a polorizer. Like your castle sky.) then bring the light back in with the 'fill light' slide. Then head over to 'Effects' and hit 'Sharpen' sometime just hitting sharpen is enough you'll see the photo come right up. I always look at the eye when I do it. Just be careful not to overdo it and get abberations around the edges of items your shooting.
3 clicks. Voila!

I can see the difference in the brickwork in both shots.

Never used gimp so I can't compare, it could be loads better.

PS . I had Photoshop 2 a while back and have Lightroom in the computer now but I guess I'm just too impatient to learn the ins and outs of them. I tried. There are smarter people here who can do wonders with them though. I'm into KISS and FREE....
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PS . I had Photoshop 2 a while back and have Lightroom in the computer now but I guess I'm just too impatient to learn the ins and outs of them. I tried. There are smarter people here who can do wonders with them though. I'm into KISS and FREE....
Ken, with Photoshop & Lightroom you start with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which has the sliders you describe plus some more. ACR is very simple and a lot of us would be happy with it alone (most of the time I don't go any farther), but Adobe won't sell it separately and ties its operation to Photoshop or Lightroom (artificially, I strongly believe) so it's expensive. You can get ACR with Photoshop Elements which is less expensive, but Adobe cripples the ACR in PSE by limiting its use to RAW files only.

Horray for capitalism!

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