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Castle Acre Priory
As you know, I do very little in mono, however, I found this image that I took on the way back from Blakeney. I had done nothing with it so played around with it.
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Album name:Barrie / Landscapes
Rating (6 votes): (Details)
Keywords:Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk.
Camera:Canon 300D
Lens:Canon 16 - 35 USM
Shutter Speed:1/15
Editing Performed:Converted from RAW, converted to mono using channel mixer. Some burning and dodging. Resize, sharpened.
File Size:227 KB
Date added:Dec 05, 2005
Dimensions:900 x 447 pixels
Displayed:145 times
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Ric  [Dec 05, 2005 at 07:49 PM]
I seen what you wrote about me before nick took it off the site so here goes the light tones maybe bordering close to being overexposed in a few spots and the mars and snicker wrappers on the grass could easily be cloned out, rather basic mistakes for such an accomplished photographer ! ONLY KIDDING, very good barrie, maybe toning the lightest parts or the bricks may slightly improve it, i dunno. I would take the clone brush to the few white blobs on the grass on the rhs though.
Mr ric 'lazano'
royd63uk  [Dec 05, 2005 at 07:53 PM]
Love it as is..excellent skilful work...grovel grovel...No only kidding.This is perfect ps work.
Barrie  [Dec 05, 2005 at 07:58 PM]
I put those wrappers there for atmosphere.
Ric  [Dec 05, 2005 at 08:03 PM]
Merlynn  [Dec 05, 2005 at 09:26 PM]
I luv the atmosphere of this shot lol, excellent PS work Barrie, think Ric is right about toning down the stonework, I also think its slightly oversharpened, giving the building too harsh a look, in fact I liked the smaller softer image better than the full size one, that soft sky looks great,
nickb123  [Dec 05, 2005 at 09:32 PM]
I echo Ric and Merlynn's comments...A well composed, pin-sharp and detailed photograph that requires toning down to truly shine. Good capture!
Barrie  [Dec 05, 2005 at 09:42 PM]
I take on board all your comments. I will admit to actually making the main wall brighter, my reasoning.... As I worked on it, it started to take on this almost theatrical look. I softened the sky and over sharpened the rest until it resembled a 1940 film set, the main wall looking as if it were lit with spotlights, and the sky as if it were a painted canvas.
John S  [Dec 06, 2005 at 04:29 AM]
yes I like the treatment, Barrie. Something different
alanuk  [Dec 06, 2005 at 11:37 AM]
I'm late in the day with making my comments and cannot really add to the comments made earlier. Its always good to see the rationale behind the image's presentation as we all have different perceptions as to what the photographer is trying to say.
John T  [Dec 06, 2005 at 06:01 PM]
First thing I thought of when I saw this Barrie, was FP3 film with a red filter, great affect I love it.
Barrie  [Dec 06, 2005 at 08:22 PM]
Never used anything but FP4 pushed to 200 ASA and processed in ID11 I think.
photo_bug  [Dec 11, 2005 at 08:47 PM]
Well, I like it.
George  [Feb 04, 2008 at 10:50 AM]
Missed this when first posted Boss so thanks for the random selection on the home page.
I think that you should re-post considering the current mono renaissance in The Studio
Excellent shot, the low sun highlighting the stonework and long shadows make it for me, great.
MarkPhR  [Feb 04, 2008 at 12:00 PM]
This is one of the shots that I so admired in the early days of my membership and one that inspired me along the mono route. I was too new to put my thoughts into words then - didn't really have the language nor the confidence.

So... I really like the surreal effect you achieved in your selective treatment of different parts of the image - the sky as you say is nicely soft, and, yes, the 2d-ness of the front wall does give echoes of a Hollywood film set. I like the depth of contrast in the front wall but maybe those behind have lost a little tone. I love the sweep of the curve from the rear walls across the foreground ...the 'mars wrappers' are only a tad distracting.