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Eilean Donan Castle

I've said more than once on SC that I always wanted to photograph this place when I see other peoples pictures, well this is my humble effort.

We were on a coach holiday and the coach driver called in for a five minute stop only. I was the only one to get off the coach because it was pouring with rain and I just grabbed three quick shots from the car park under the shelter of the trees.

I done a lot of cloning to take out people in coloured anoraks on the bridge and after the normal levels etc.I used the Orton Effect to give it this slightly graphic look.

Who knows, one day I might get back there again.

I don't wish to sound as if I am "blowing my own trumpet" but for the first time ever I won both classes at my camera clubs final competition of 2008 on Tuesday evening with pictures I have shown on Shutterchance.

In the "Open" class I won with "Ropes" (22nd.May) and gained a Highly Commended for "Clumber Park Chapel" (1st.April), and in the themed class "Three" I won with "3 x 3" (9th.January). It now remains to be seen if I pick up any silverwear at the Annual Dinner in December.

 

 

Eilean Donan Castle

I've said more than once on SC that I always wanted to photograph this place when I see other peoples pictures, well this is my humble effort.

We were on a coach holiday and the coach driver called in for a five minute stop only. I was the only one to get off the coach because it was pouring with rain and I just grabbed three quick shots from the car park under the shelter of the trees.

I done a lot of cloning to take out people in coloured anoraks on the bridge and after the normal levels etc.I used the Orton Effect to give it this slightly graphic look.

Who knows, one day I might get back there again.

I don't wish to sound as if I am "blowing my own trumpet" but for the first time ever I won both classes at my camera clubs final competition of 2008 on Tuesday evening with pictures I have shown on Shutterchance.

In the "Open" class I won with "Ropes" (22nd.May) and gained a Highly Commended for "Clumber Park Chapel" (1st.April), and in the themed class "Three" I won with "3 x 3" (9th.January). It now remains to be seen if I pick up any silverwear at the Annual Dinner in December.

 

 

comments (19)

Well done Brian: nice picture here - and your camera club have given you your due reward!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, for both comments.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 27 Nov 2008, 02:08
First of all, Brian, congratulations on your "wins." You deserve them.

Secondly, they say this is the most romantic of all of Scotland's castles and I agree. When we were there a couple years ago, we were totally mesmerized. You've done her proud!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, how nice it would be to live near this castle and photograph it from all angles at all times of the year.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2008, 09:56
Well done on your successes. And well done for managing to clone out the anoraks in such a professional way - you can't tell at all. I'm not so sure of the Orton effect - I've never come across it but it looks a bit oversharpened and bright to me.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: THanks Ingrid. You will find details of the Orton effect via Google, Bill has used it I believe. In this case it has lifted the totally flat colours and detail, although, as you say it looks a bit bright etc. To be honest I have tried to make a silk purse out of a sows ear, as they say.
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 27 Nov 2008, 10:34
Great composition Brian,must agree with Ginnie,hope you do go back some time in the future, but it will be hard to better this result.Being a sea angler myself,enjoyed yesterdays posting, nice one!.Also thanks from a S.R engine fan for your 24 Nov. 34105 Swanage,excellent presentation.As i am sending this comment to you,on my study wall is a print called "Sunset at Nine Elms" featuring M.N class 35023 Holland Africa Line in front of the engine sheds,by the artist Alan Fearnly,signed limited edition and pure nostalgia. I hope you still have lots more railway pictures to post in your collection.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graham, I think I am familiar with the print you mention. Keep looking the week after next if you like railways, this time of the smaller kind. I actually mean next week, another "senior moment" I'm afraid.
  • Ogden Nash
  • The bowels of the earth
  • 27 Nov 2008, 12:03
Fine picture of Kodak castle Brian. Well done on the competitions.
Brian Walbey: Nice to hear from you again Ogden, thanks for your comment.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 27 Nov 2008, 12:30
Fingers crossed for you Brian.smile
Lovely processing of this shotsmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, I had to make the best I could from a poor shot taken in difficult circumstances.
  • mikedi
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2008, 15:24
Great composition and it does look like a 'painting' but it's better than any of my efforts
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike, your being very modest about your own achievements I will say.
I have never been but it looks a beautiful place from your photo. Good luck at the club in December.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, it is a lovely place, as I said though in my only "short" visit the weather was terrible. At least I saw it once in my lifetime even if we never get that way again.
  • FLOOG
  • The caves of my mind
  • 27 Nov 2008, 15:47
Hey, congratulations on your competition successes.

This is spectacular smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, glad you like my picture.
Congratulations on your successes Brian!
This is superb. You did a great job here!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard on both counts.
African Proverb "The lizard that jumps from the top of an Iroko tree, if no one praises it, it will praise itself by nodding" smile (A Iroko tree is similar to a big Oak tree).

Congratulations on you success Brian, I guess it makes all your efforts worth while. Another brilliant composition, capture, lovely colours, amazing detail and texture. Really Noice one.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment and glad you like the picture. Self praise is no virtue they say, I must be very unvertueous smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location
  • 27 Nov 2008, 17:07
This is a favourite landmark of mine, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I think everyone would like to take a photo of this place at least once Chad even if it is done so much. Thanks for your comment.
Great shot Brian and thanks for your comments on my Shutterchance blog also.
Brian Walbey: Thanks mark, your fen pictures are reminding me of when we lived at St.Ives in the Eighties.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Nov 2008, 22:57
Oh Brian this is wonderful. Been here and have both day and night shots but this effect makes it look really special.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, I feel sorry that I only got a few minutes there, not the sort of place one can "pop out" to when it is several hundred miles away.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2008, 00:26
"Humble effort" indeed! It looks like a painting!

Many, many congratulations on your prizes, well deserved smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie, I think I have made the best of a poor image to start off with.
This is absolutely splendid! Great detail and lovely atmosphere. Many congratulations on you success, too. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rosalyn, the original was a but flat, what with the rain and poor lighting.
well congratulations Brian on your awards well done indeed. And as for this beauty its stunning Briansmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, I'm pleased with peoples reaction to this particular picture.
Congratulations for your prices Brian. I think it would be good in b/w too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Albert, I have done the conversion, now I will have to decide whether it is worthy of Shutterchance.
A beauty Brian well treated
i know the problems with the people over there
visit this place in june 2007, it feels like an invasion smile
(hi i was there also as tourist, my not complain about to many visitors)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Michel, of course we never call ourselves tourists when we visit places do we :-D

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