• Details from the stone brought in from additional image, shown below.
  • Grubby seaweed, but perhaps it brings some texture.
  • Bit of red end CA. Even L glass is not flawless! Harsh light to cope with I guess!
  • I did manually isolate and tweak the levels of each of these bordering islands to give a little division between them.
  • So weird that the hill didn't reflect here.
  • Wedding going on here.
  • There were lots of these trees all over the slope, which I'd hoped HDR would bring out, but maybe the silhouette is impactful enough on its own.
  • Think this line is straight, but it needed a rule to convince me! I know - I'm way too fond of notes! Sorry.

Eilean Donan Castle Sunset, Scotland

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I did try to make an HDR of this using some free software, but it was a resounding failure! Lots of turquoise patches appeared from nowhere. Clearly I have a lot to learn if I'm to do it successfully and I have a new respect for people that process HDR shots. Instead I just brought through some of the stone detail in Photoshop; perhaps not enough, but I wanted to try to keep it natural looking.

Maybe I'm just not destined for proper HDR work. It always seemed a little excessive for me and my main interest is getting stuff done in camera first. That said, I'd love to have at least given it a go. So if anyone can recommend some free software they enjoy using, I'd be delighted to hear about it in the comments.

For the moment, it's all manual! If you're viewing it on a laptop can achieve a sort of after-market HDR effect by rocking forward and backward and letting the screen bring the highlights out.

This shot is from a couple of weekends back hiking in the highlands, after my panicked realisation that climbing munros in November demanding technique as well as stamina. That curtailed a six top day to a single top day and meant we were down in time to take some pictures. It's a super place, though I'm still not sure about the seaweed through the foreground. Perhaps it adds a little quirkiness and sense of individuality.

Hope everyone is well and having a great week, as always.

Update: Thanks for all the kind comments. Interesting to see the majority of people prefer this non-HDR. Very cool and unexpected feedback, which I really appreciate.

Tipu Kibria~~BUSY~~, Eric 5D Mark III, and 213 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. August Brill 41 months ago | reply

    Fantastic tones!!!! A dreamlike seascape!

  2. idashum 41 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous colors, beautiful tone and very nice silhouettes!
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  3. David Amiel Peña 41 months ago | reply

    this is a masterpiece! perfect!

  4. காவியம் Kaaviyam Photography 41 months ago | reply

    Wow! Lovely landscape and beautiful colors my friend....brilliant work!

  5. Ashley, Lyn 41 months ago | reply

    Love the colors!

  6. Jennifer ♥ Rachelle [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    Wow stunning!

  7. Laureos 41 months ago | reply

    Great lighting and colors! Another big fav'!

  8. Mohammed Almadani [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    great work Faved =)

  9. Tildybiscuit 41 months ago | reply

    what a stunning shot - I know this well and it brings back wonderful memories of childhood holidays. THe colours here are, to my mind, quite beautiful and the shot really doesn't need HDR.

  10. Praveer Shukla 41 months ago | reply

    What should i say ? I am completely speechless .
    Perfect shot. Brilliant colors . WOW !!!

  11. bbusschots 40 months ago | reply

    Superb shot! I've seen more shots of this castle than you could shake a stick at, but never one like this. The colour is super, and the castle looks good in silhouette.

    Bart.

  12. Youronas 40 months ago | reply

    Awesome light and colours!

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  13. lluìs 39 months ago | reply

    stunning, that place is magical but with the colour processing it is out of this world!

  14. itscosmicjim 33 months ago | reply

    Cracking pic, i'd be very proud to have produced that.

  15. tjshot 3 months ago | reply

    nice compo and great control of light!

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