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Old Sep 18, 2010, 4:11 PM   #1
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The Duke of Argyll's castle in Inverary, Scotland. Outside the frame are significant rain clouds. This pic was taken when there was a break in the clouds. The photo is untouched in all ways except for size to post it here. This is the first of several pics I'll post to see what I can do better. I bought my first dSLR before this trip, and I want to learn from what we did over the vacation.

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f/9, 1/200, 0 step, ISO-100, 18mm, pattern metering
Hand-held (didn't carry tripod b/c no pics allowed inside castle)
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Old Sep 18, 2010, 8:10 PM   #2
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No way is my homeland! The sky is blue and the sun is shining. That is against the law!

Of course I'm just kidding about the bogus part.

Beautiful photograph!

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Old Sep 18, 2010, 8:11 PM   #3
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a pleasing image. good exposure, nice sky. framing works pretty well. a great travel shot

looks like you are doing well with your dslr!
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Old Sep 19, 2010, 2:37 PM   #4
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I liked the framing. The shadow parts in the castle could be improved in PP.
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Old Sep 19, 2010, 3:38 PM   #5
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The shadow areas and that grass are the problems to my eye. Is this any better?
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Old Sep 19, 2010, 5:33 PM   #6
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I'm still learning so I've got questions, rather than suggestions.

1) Would it have improved the shot to try for a larger aperture for the shallower depth of field? That way the plants framing the shot would have been slightly blurred. It looks like you could have got down to f 3.5, maybe going to ISO 200?

2) Would this shot have been a good candidate for a polarizing filter? Sun appears to have been to photographer's right so it might have eliminated some reflections off the castle and given a richer blue to the sky?

Nonetheless, I think the shot is lovely and I'd certainly be happy to have taken it. Just trying to think more like a pro...

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Great shot ! course BYNX will always try to make them better.... and BYNX the grass looks so much more greener.... I would of gotten down a bit more They do have smaller tripods to use with cameras now days so I would get one and pack it they fit great right in the camera bag .... To bad no shots can be fired inside that would of been something... but they think they can preserve more with just what light come through the windows.... speaking windows looks as if some one is looking out of one second floor left but right to the tower ... That would be a trip I would love to make back to the old world.... Lucky U!
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I like what you did to the grass and walls, Bynx, but the effect on the clouds seems less desirable, IMHO. Thanks, Bynx. I would not have thought of lightening the shadows. Gives my eye another thing to look for.

PvrFan, I agree that the framing plants are overly sharp. I could have gone to 3.5 and increased my shutter speed even more.

FaithfulPastor, it did rain on us most of the time in Scotland. Especially, when we were in the Highlands.

I should clone out the three tourists in the shot, too.

What is PP? I've only used Photoshop. What are your thoughts on Lightroom?

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PP = post processing - using software like PS (photoshop), GIMP etc.

I've touched up your photo. Opened the darker area of the castle. I liked your grass color. Added some depth to the grass field and the sky.

Hope you like it.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 1:12 PM   #10
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It's a nice travel shot. But, to my eye, the castle looks kind of puny by being relegated to the top half of the frame. If you crop the grass almost to the walk in front of the castle, the castle looks more imposing to me. FWIW
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