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Racton Monument West Sussex | by Edwinjones
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Racton Monument West Sussex

The Shot


This is taken at Racton Monument, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

Racton Monument, or Tower, was built by the Earl of Halifax in the 18th century as a view-point or possible just as a Folly which were popular during that period. Before it fell into ruin views could be had from the top to Chichester Harbour to the South-East and Portsmouth Harbour, to the South-West.

The picture was taken with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken on a Tripod. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.


This was originally a color image but I changed it to Monochrome as it gave a mood and feel well suited to the subject.




Photomatix aligned and noise reduction. Outputted to Fusion and to detail enhancer files

Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.




Tonemapped file opened in Photoshop then fusion file. Fusion file select all and copy to tonemapped file creating new layer


Layer mask created for fusion layer. Layer mask changed to black. Then just outline of tower where some halo and interior painted white to show the fusion layer to correct.


Layers and curves adjustment layers to enhance.


Hue Saturation layer, reds used to tone way down red graffiti on near part of tower.


Exposure layer used to tone down highlight in top left


Adjustment layer Black and white used to change to monochrome and color channels adjusted to obtain the best tones.


Noiseware Pro


Unsharp mask




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Taken on April 19, 2011