Leeds Castle by Night

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  1. Sarg0r

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    I stayed at Leeds Castle for the wifes' birthday, I managed to convince her that I should take a few shots between the showers, so managed to bag this shot between dinner courses (very understanding wife!)

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    D800 with Nikon 24-70 2.8
    13 second exposure
    ISO 400 @ F8
    Slight tweaking of colour levels and straightening - other than that virtually straight from the camera

    Comments and criticisms very welcome, I don't take offense!

    Enjoy

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    Leeds Castle-1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


    (Edit: OK, can't get this to display a preview, any chance someone wants to fix it for me?)
     
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  2. shotokan101

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    Try this

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    Leeds Castle-1
    by sarg0r, on Flickr

    Jim
     
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    ...and a very nice shot it is :)
     
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    Nice shot. I know what you mean about the weather it has made things difficult outdoors anyway!
     
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    Really like this :)
     
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    Really nice :)
     
  7. Sarg0r

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    Thanks for the comments and Jim for fixing things!
     
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    How is it lit, you got a big flash or something :)

    nice shot
     
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    No flash, there are some submerged floodlights that give it some light, the rest is just natural light on a long exposure - hence it needed 13 seconds
     
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    Really like this Sargor. It's a shame about that light thought, it's a slight distraction.
     
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    Yeah I tried a couple of filters on Lightroom but nothing that didn't interfere with the picture as a whole. It's just a little bright, but my editing skills aren't at a level to remove it. Thanks for your feedback
     
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    Nice one, I also find the floodlight a wee bit distracting, though it's out of your control. Have you thought about cropping it to just the the two storey bit of the castle in the left hand 1/2 of the picture ?
     
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    I had considered it, but when I actually looked at the cropped picture I just felt like it looked like I had cut something off, which I think detracted from the shot. Might take a pellet gun with me next time and shoot out the light!
     
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    ...or a clone brush :devil:
     
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    There is always one!
    If someone wants to clone it out then be my guest, I don't have the skills to do it but it would be interesting to see a comparison to see if it would've improved the image (I think it would)
     
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    perhaps someone might have a go - but of course you've disabled downloading :laugh:
     
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    I probly don't have the skills either, but I don't let a minor issue like that stop me! Not the most professional, but got the job done I feel!


    1leeds_cl2.jpg


    Oh, and I can see your point about cropping out the wall, it does look better with it in, I think beacuse you loose a lot of the foreground that way.
     
  19. Sarg0r

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    I think that looks better without the light, cheers for that. What did you do to get rid of it?
     
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    As shotokan suggested - a clone brush. This basically allows you to select a circular area of the image and copy and paste it over another area. So, I copied a bit of the building's crenellations (is that the right word?) to the left of the light and pasted it over the light itself, and then the same from the reflected building for the reflected light. If you look closely, you can see the window frames and and crenellations where the light were don't quite line up. Then to get rid of the glare from the light in the sky/water I cloned adjacent, unaffected bits of sky/water. As the clone area is a circle, I randomly pasted several spots of sky/water, otherwise it leaves telltale discs. Again looking closely you can make out the edge of a couple of these just above the roof where the light was.

    I use a photo viewer called FastStone (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm). It's free, it's pretty basic but has all the features I need for organising/editing without the bells and whistles I don't and so it's also fast and lightweight in terms of computer resource.
     

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