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Dark Phantom's Castle
Dark Phantom's Castle

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: DPC Cinema II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Fusaro
Date: Oct 16, 2009
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2009

develop the raw with photoshop. post: rotation and crop, two diferent topaz adjust in the sky and on the home, selective colours, H&S, clone out some little point and the chain on the bridge,selective blur around the house and gaussian blur in the sky,denoise with neat image, usm.

Place: 4 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.8322
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.6154
Avg (non-participants): 6.9135
Views since voting: 3109
Views during voting: 325
Votes: 143
Comments: 27
Favorites: 9 (view)

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12/06/2010 01:36:57 AM
What a fantastic pic.
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11/19/2009 06:25:34 PM
I love the processing. Excellent job.
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10/28/2009 09:20:56 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I like this. Really like the processing and it suits your title and the Challenge well.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
A lot of processing there (just read your Photographer's Comments). The effect is good. I do wish this image had a whisker nudge up on the left to straighten the building (house!). I like the bridge placement in the composition, but do wonder whether more drama could have been achieved in this image overall by a slightly more angled perspective. Minor, but the bench/seat element detracts slightly from the 'fantasy' mood and feel of the building and what it conjures up in the imagination, especially with the help of your good title.

Maybe a little darker overall, but that is personal taste. The bottom right chain post/structure perhaps cropped and/or cloned out would be better, however I do see the boat dilemma.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
5/81 is excellent scoring and your score of 6.83 very strong.

You received a good mix of interesting and well thought out comments. I tend to wonder also about this not cropped so tightly and allowing a little more 'distance'. But maybe that was not possible with the surrounds or maybe you wanted it this tightly cropped.

Despite what I said above about the bridge, it is slightly unsettling that the 'leading line'' (entrance) to the building is positioned in the left of frame - for some reason I find it hard to be easily 'drawn into' the building - if that makes sense. I like the contrasting effects within the image and for me, a little more depth/darkness and drama, would have packed a little more punch.
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10/26/2009 12:44:38 PM
Great tones. I like the drama in the shot. Congrats on your HM.

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10/26/2009 11:16:10 AM
Cool! Congrats!
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10/26/2009 03:18:23 AM
WOW - love the colors and the whole texture to this! Congrats on 5th!
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10/26/2009 02:41:13 AM
Congrats on the star for 5th and a new personal best!
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10/26/2009 12:23:48 AM
I new this would do well, congrat's on your HM.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/25/2009 11:02:45 PM
Lovely work ..just like a painting
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10/25/2009 10:03:36 PM
Love the blue color tones. The detail and light look great. It seems too bright tho to be a place where a dark phantom would live. I hope you wrote down where this is. It looks like a really interesting place to visit.
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10/25/2009 08:07:21 PM
Wow, excellent processing!
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10/24/2009 10:37:14 PM
i like the way the building seems to stand out from the background. very interesting editing. wait, actually, i love all that. 10
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10/23/2009 10:24:12 AM
Maybe a touch chopped, as far as the feel of the crop. I wonder if it wouldn't have been better from farther away. Nice title too - works for a movie for sure.
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10/21/2009 10:32:24 AM
Must see movie.
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10/20/2009 10:46:43 PM
Nice processing - 9
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10/20/2009 06:00:12 PM
Awesome shot. Great colors. Looks like an ice castle.
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10/20/2009 01:33:06 PM
spooky shot, great colors and mood
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10/20/2009 08:47:22 AM
Great pp on this. The title is excellent as well.
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10/20/2009 12:57:29 AM
Beautiful place, and brilliantly photographed/processed to make me feel like I definitely shouldn't go there. I'm sure the 'movie' will show me why. 10
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10/19/2009 06:35:40 PM
I just love the colors of your picture. I'd have to say this is a favorite! :)
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10/19/2009 05:20:24 PM
Stunningly well post-processed; should look overdone but this is really working for me. Bags of atmosphere and a pretty good title - should make the top five.
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10/19/2009 04:22:51 PM
Not poster orientation. Nothing really suggesting the title in the image.
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10/19/2009 10:43:02 AM
What a fantastic idea. I like it. At first glance it isnt quite straight (rotation wise), but it might just be the angle and architecture.
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10/19/2009 07:58:25 AM
Nice processing. But, I think the crop is too tight for this massive structure and that drama in the clouds. Don't know if you have room while shooting.
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10/19/2009 07:42:25 AM
This image caught my eye from the thumbnail but when I opened it I was kind of disappointed to see the sky so dark. Not that this isn't a good image but I think you used topaz or similar too much. I like the look of a clean HDR but I get the feeling you started editing this photo but never finished. The building is absolutely beautiful and I but this would look really good just after sundown with a longer shutter speed to smooth out the water and allow the lights to shine through.
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10/19/2009 07:33:53 AM
WOW! Very Nice!
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10/19/2009 12:24:02 AM
beautiful pp
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