Ancient Stones

by davidtrout

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire. My friends at Durham Photo Soc say I've overdone the contrast here and made the picture too harsh. But its the effect I wanted, to make the stonework look gritty and ancient.
Just checked the EXIF which seems to be missing all the info. The picture was taken on a K10d with 16-50DA* lens at 16mm.
Uploaded02/11/2008 - 10:59
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Posted 03/11/2008 - 02:59 Link
I like the contrast, it makes it feel spooky. I think it would work much better if the sky wasn't just bright white.
"Just put your eye to the camera and push the button-thingy."
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Posted 03/11/2008 - 08:57 Link
GivingTree wrote:
I like the contrast, it makes it feel spooky. I think it would work much better if the sky wasn't just bright white.

Agree with Givingtree, some texture in the sky could make it more forbodding.
Still a good shot though.
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

PPG entries.
Posted 03/11/2008 - 09:48 Link
Thanks for those comments, much appreciated. I agree about the sky, the light was poor and there wasn't much detail up there to start with. I know a forboding menacing sky would have helped but I have a confession -my Photoshop technical experience hasn't yet got round to doing layers so I'm not confident about importing a sky from somewhere else.
Posted 03/11/2008 - 21:24 Link
I also love the contrast ! i think it really matches the overall image and feelings the surroundings give . . tombs and old houses ..
Posted 05/11/2008 - 00:23 Link
Great image, like the 'harsh' B&W.
Agree about the sky, give it a try replacing it in Photoshop when you get more into it.
Playing with it is half the fun, I think anyway.



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Posted 06/11/2008 - 15:26 Link
Yep I agree... Just remember to work on a copy of the picture before editting (not like I done) and yes I am embarrassed
Pentax K7 and K5 and several black tubey things with magnifying glass in that twist around and move in and out - to be honest I am not sure exactly what I have. Will list the proper names one day..

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