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Old Apr 24, 2006, 6:22 AM   #1
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This is an old stairway around a castle on the side of a cliff. And boy was it windy. I stopped for a moment just to take a shot of the steps and nearly fell backwards…
So wasthe snapshot worth the extreme danger -
I did mention the cliff and the wind didn't I???:O





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Old Apr 24, 2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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I quite like this. I think the composition with the path leading you in works well. I just think something needs doing with levels and curves to give the shot a bit more punch. Also, the sky looks a little blown out and weak. I'm sure many on here could help out.

Perhaps you could try reshooting this in a thunder storm to give that sky a bit more drama. :-)
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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i'm with syd on this.

nice shot!

what castle, btw?


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Old Apr 24, 2006, 12:46 PM   #4
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Hope you don't mind. I tried a little fun edit.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 12:55 PM   #5
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Cool pic kefln, good idea and angle with the steps.

I agree with Scot and Syd.

Nice edit Syd.... almost scary... maybe a "moonlight" (or "earthlight") filter would do wonders for a haunted feeling..?

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Old Apr 24, 2006, 1:54 PM   #6
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Maybe its just the weather but I feel this image could be quite summery. All it would need would be some levels, saturation, and usm. If the sky gets out of hand make a layer of it and treat it by its self. If you are using CS2 then shadows/highlights is always a good thing to look at.

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Old Apr 24, 2006, 2:11 PM   #7
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As was already mentioned, nice composition on this one.

The sky is very blown out, but I had a go in CS2 using shadow/highlight along Nate's suggestions. Also bumped the saturation a bit. (I hope you don't mind the edit)

I was sceptical as to whether CS2 could really do anything about the sky without making things look overprocessed, but was pleasantly surprised by the results (though the processing might be more obvious on a larger canvas, and there does seem to be some artifacting on this one already - not sure whether that's due to the downsizing or the edit, though...).

Anyway, nice shot, and with a bit of luck, the sky's salvageable quite nicely

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Old Apr 25, 2006, 9:07 AM   #8
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Kefln, I do appreciate your trouble for bringing this beautiful sight to our safe desktops (beauty=danger):-)
The thousand year-old shaped stone steps through the strong fur-like grass, ascending the wuthering hill, the actual place of the castle, seems very inviting indeed.
Really makes sense, well done!
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 10:22 AM   #9
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Thanks all for the replies – makes the danger worth it! :G

The name of the place escapes me; it's about an hours drive from where I live, on the west coast of Ireland. They call it a castle, but in reality its more of a stone fort.Here's the full thing – less danger, more tourists – had to take this one quickly or risk having a tour bus unloading in the shot. Anyway I intend on going back another, brighter, less windy day.

What you don't see in this shot is the actual height of the thing. From the left most tower, all the way around the back, is a steep drop into a lake. The stone steps really are the only thing back there – except the views of course!

Thanks for the PP'ing, love the night time shot. I sort of cooked the insides of my own home PC so I can't play around with any of my images!

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