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Registered: November 2011
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· Date: Sun October 27, 2013 · Views: 300 ·
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Registered: December 2009
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Sun October 27, 2013 7:54pm

I like how you captured the sun shining through the window (with the sun flare working to focus the eye of the viewer in on that particular opening). I like the touch of the misty landscape at the left and I almost wish that there had been more of this landscape included with the historic form of the Bolton Abbey.
This picture should be enlarged, framed and hung large on some prominent wall.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Sun October 27, 2013 9:06pm

At first look this has atmosphere and Bolton Abbey in the right light is indeed an atmospheric place. However, if I may offer some advice for both the taking and editing of awkward lighting situations such as this: Make sure the sun itself is hidden behind the brickwork and open up the aperture 2 stops and even then bracket your shots. This will give a better exposure of the abbey at the expense of losing detail in the sky and bright background areas. You can use bracketed exposures to either layer or use HDR but with a little luck you'll find a single exposure easier to "rescue" than this one. The give-aways here are the halos around the abbey and the the "rings" at the left side of the abbey, both of which are signs of extreme over editing. An alternative is to allow the abbey to be a silhouette and even to allow the picture to take on the look of a night time exposure.
I hope this doesn't seem too harsh because I applaud your willingness to attempt such a difficult subject and exposure as this and it is the overcoming of these difficulties which will eventually lead you to some stunning atmospheric pictures.

Registered: November 2011
Posts: 81
Sun October 27, 2013 9:39pm

Thank you both. Vic you are right it is an edited shot. The original 1 was taken when I first bought my 350D so was OK as was but I am just getting into using photoshop CS2 to edit them so use hi-lights and shadows to bring the best out the photo. If you follow the link below it shows the original or at least 1 taken at same time.

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