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Queen's Castle

Queen's Castle
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Copyright: karan A L (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Architecture, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 15:05
Viewed: 2107
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture of Windsor Castle. I wanted to make this look atmospheric and timeless so I converted to greyscale but then gave slight colour casts in the shadows, highlight and midtones in colour balance.

Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today.

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this turned out very atmospheric especially in bl/wh almost sepia and compliments my shot next to it. a good pov too.

Hi Karan,
Really a wonderful photo that shows the size of this castle perfectly. The humans in the FG give an even better reference to the size. The treatment you did is really marvelous and gives the photo the perfect feel of oldness.

Magnifique image!!
Très bonne atmosphère!

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  • kiti Gold Star Critiquer [C: 231 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-14 15:27]

Hola Karan,

Excellent work, and pretty photo, good treatment and use of the light, that gives special magic and, well by the chosen color, greetings,


Interesting photo! It is something contrasting; that dramatic sky and those casual, relaxed people…

Where are the ravens?

Hello Karan,
Looks like a postcard from the 1920ties, except for the photo quality!
Good lead-in and the darkness spells drama...
Interesting piece of architecture, but that goes without saying!
Pablo -

queen or count dragula? looks great!

Beautifully composed shot. Excellent DOF.

Well Done,

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-03-14 15:54]

Hi Karan
I really love your choice of PP work on this photo! Also your POV is just perfect


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  • pemi71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 13 N: 58] (2673)
  • [2007-03-14 15:55]

Hallo Karan ,
Beautiful capture.
Very mysterious looking.
Excellent sharpness and composition.
Good sepia PP work...


A beautiful dramatic image Karan! Very well done!
A good image and some great PP work!


I love the glow around the castle from the lighting from the sky. I was born and raised 6 miles from here. Windsor is a lovely place. Very good composition and sepia tone.

Hi Karan, Splendid B&W view of this old castel, excellent light, great composition full of people with a wonderful sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-03-14 18:19]

Hola Karen,
buen ambiente y tonos fuertes,
agradable composición y detalles,
el bg, es perfecto y genial, magnífico dof,

Hi Karan.
Very impressive photo,good atmosphere,nice B/W tones.Well done my friend.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

Hi Karan,

A great photo of the castle! I like the sepia effect!! It gives it an old look and enhances the contrast. Nice POV!

Well done

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-03-15 5:12]

Wonderful moody shot of this great place.
Very well done !


Hi Karan,
Superb architectural shot.Great lighting and POV.Well composed.TFS.


Very dramatic picture. Good work with your pp. I like the overall look, except those people. So I made some WS.

Still the original picture is just awesome.


i like the POV and mood from the tones karan :)
well composed and framed

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-03-15 15:49]
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Your picture has a very strong effect making you think it is almost unreal. The peacfully walking people are in a peculiar contrast with the athmosphere of the rest of the picture (you would expect knights riding to fight dragons).

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2007-03-15 17:32]

ooohhh, what a medieval atmosphere here! quite lugubrious ;-) then I see the people and reality sinks in. but the image is awesome.

Nice view. Incredible colour tone, giving it some dramatic effect.

It reminds me of that movie "The Haunting".


Hello Karan

Wow at 900 years old it must be a real fixer upper.LOL,I really like the treatment you did.You have really captured the size of it and the depth of the shot is really well done.Excellent POV.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-03-15 23:01]

Hi Karan,
Lovely B&W photo. Excellent PP techniques. One of the problems with the photo is that there is too much black/dark areas in the foreground. I think I would have cropped off some of the forground.

Hi Karan,A beautiful composition and perfect viewpoint great place.I like those castle and roads. Well Done,Good image.TFS


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  • debz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 68 W: 0 N: 7] (280)
  • [2007-03-18 4:03]
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Hi Karen, I think I have said this before, I love all of your photos. You have a great artisitic eye. Wonderful BW shot of Windsor Castle, moody with great perspective.

Great mood and very nice tones here, bravo.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2007-04-26 10:49]

Fantastic the framing, the light, the tension, as well as the romanesca and intemporal atmosphere. Taste very. Congratulations

Hi Karan,

Nice pp work, the brickwork and the sky have processed really well, darkening the sides leads you right in to the image.


Hi Karan,

Very nice shot,
colors and light*****
overall aesthetics*****



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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-01-17 3:48]

A very good compo and mood.

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