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The "Castle"
The "Castle"

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Challenge: From the Ground Up II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak DX4900
Location: Eastern Avenue, Schenectady, NY, USA
Date: Sep 22, 2005
Aperture: 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 s
Galleries: Sky, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2005

Would have liked a kite shot or something more creative but instead had to go with this tall, old church down the street which my little girl calls "The Castle".

I'm very new to editing and couldn't reduce the noise in the sky, especially around the pillars without losing too much detail in the brick (Despeckle feature in ACDSee) (?) And I know the one pillar is way over exposed - and there are several other flaws - but I wanted to submit something I could start learning from :0)

Editing: Rotate, slight crop, re-size. And I played a little with - hue and saturation, blackpoint and gamma. Added thin border.

Thanks for looking and for all comments - I'm eager to learn and improve both capture and editing. :o)

Place: 81 out of 326
Avg (all users): 5.5142
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3918
Avg (non-participants): 5.6174
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 212
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/18/2007 01:52:08 PM
I love the purple sky! It makes it magical and mystical, which is how castles should be, especially to little girls :)
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10/08/2005 03:47:46 PM
such a great placing..and you supposed to be new ? It took me 10 submissions to break 5. I like your composition here and it really fits the theme. I love old architecture..this is a favorite of mine.
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10/05/2005 10:53:50 AM
Wow! I was not expecting this to finish so high! I'm super happy about it's rating! Thanks very, very much to all of those who commented! It's wonderful to hear the different opinions and receive the feedback in any form!

Purple sky - UGH! Yes, the sky was meant to be purple. Not sure if I regret that now or not. I had sooo many different sky versions with this image and ultimately decided on purple because: 1) My little girl loved the purple sky version the most and since I had her input on the title I felt I'd let her help with the color variation also - especially since I was becoming so indecisive about it. 2) The images that I had played with and the different color variations all had a lot of noise in the sky - especially around the pillars themselves, it seemed to me that I had done something (have no idea what) but there seemed to be the least amount of noise in the purple version. 3) And this is strange I know - but I associate the color purple with royalty or regalness, kings & queens etc. - which live in a "castle".

Thanks again for all the comments - I want to learn as much as I can and all comments (good and bad) are very welcome so I can get an idea of what people really think. Peace - Shan :)

Message edited by author 2005-10-05 13:52:53.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/04/2005 09:14:07 PM
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10/04/2005 08:46:43 PM
oooooo.... this is really pretty
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10/02/2005 09:02:04 AM
I really like the old IR type shots (he says hoping he's not just got it wrong and made a fool of himself) and the processing to give an unusual sky colour works well. Good luck
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10/01/2005 11:48:36 AM
it's a shame that the sunlight washes out the texture and colour on the touret.
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09/30/2005 03:27:52 PM
Violet sky?
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09/30/2005 06:14:09 AM
Good composition, but I don´t understand the colour of the sky?
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09/29/2005 10:12:36 AM
Love the choice of desat and color. Excellent. 10.
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09/29/2005 01:23:35 AM
I like the perspective and it certainly suits the challenge. Not crazy about the purple sky. I'd rather it be gray and not a single saturation of color. OR I'd like to see the whole thing in color with a beautiful blue sky Nice angle to the shot. Good detail considering the distance from the stone blocks of the building.
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09/28/2005 06:53:44 PM
kinda unnatural with purple sky, if that was intent ..good
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09/28/2005 01:11:18 PM
very nice, the sky looks a bit purple for me anyway. 7
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09/28/2005 12:53:31 PM
Nice, but the sky looks purple?
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09/28/2005 09:41:08 AM
Don't care for the purple sky. This would have been a good candidate for B&W.
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09/28/2005 02:27:58 AM
purple sky is totally distracting.
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