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The entrance of Corfe Castle

The entrance of Corfe Castle
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-12
Categories: Architecture, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-25 4:02
Viewed: 4210
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 128
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The entrance of Corfe Castle

Here a peek through the gate of the ancient Corfe Castle in Dorset. Quite some PP work is been done, I tried to make it look original as possible. Removed signs, a car, two Texan tourists (it are always Yankees which are in my view ;-) end several signs.

The crow you see isn't added, that was my luck of the day. After removing the aggravating objects I selected the gate exit and increased contrast and saturation (minor) than selected the inverse, increased brightness and contrast, and flatten image. Resized and sharpened. Removed halo from the exit edge with clone tool. Add frame and text. In the WS you will find the original picture.

That’s all folks, hope you enjoy it!

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-05-25 4:11]

Hoi Hans,
"That's all" zegt ie dan..... Daar heb je nogal wat werk aan gedaan.
Maarrrr... het resultaat mag gezien worden!
Prachtige doorkijk door deze poort.
Wat ik zo knap vind is dat je de schaduwpartijen op de voorgrond (in de poort) zo goed hebt weten op te helderen.
Puik werk hoor!
Groet Adri

wow! what a great view at the BG from the entrance with crisp details on the stone walls. it's a great pov indeed. colours are just at their best. well done.


Hello Hans,
Technically perfectly, natural colors and lighting, the necessary contrasts. First-class screen layout, property perspective.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-05-25 4:20]

Very good use of that natural framing to lead the view into a blue sky in the bg

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-05-25 4:22]

You have really done wonderful work on this. The lighting is superb!! I love this old gate, and the scene beyond. Very nice detail. TFS and have a good day!

Hi Hans,
Excellent presentation, good use of the arch as a natural frame and lead into the shot, good colours and details with a nice blue sky,
well done
Regards Andy

Hi Hans,
Beautiful composition,good perspective,good color,nice sky bg.
Best regards,

Very nice view indeed Hans and I really think you have done a good job in "fotosoepen" ;-)
I really think the balance of light here is good and it has nice, vibrant colors.


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  • hbs Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 0] (206)
  • [2008-05-25 4:56]

Nice work
This photo gives the smell of history

Hello Hans!
Very nice place and lovely ruins!
Beautiful point of view!
Great colours and light!
Best regards!

Hi Hans!

Fantastic photo! Superb composition, exposure and lighting. TFS


hi Hans
great POV and lighting. wonderful colors around the castle with good sharpness and contrast. perfect clarity of details of entrance walls and ground.
very good pp work.

Hi Hans...great shot..perfectly composed..great color and details.


Very nice Hans! I love the look through the opening of the wall! I see how steep this is! Did you guys jog up that hill? Really impressive! Looked like a lovely day!

Hi Hans,

Very good composition. F16 was a good choise. Bravo.
Best regards,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-25 6:41]

Hi Hans

Good use of the fg arch, as a frame, for the bg ruined castle. Superb colour, sharpness & contrast. Congratulations!

Classic landscape.

Hello Hans,

Wonderful composition and very good clarity and vivid colors. Interesting POV through the gate of the castle. TFS
Have a beautiful Sunday,

hello hans!
this is so wonderful, great composition and beautiful colors, just excellent!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-05-25 8:52]

Merhaba myfriend Dear HANS...
superb colors and pov...super..super...

Hi Hans, really nice composition, a very complete image with the sunlit structure at the fg which shows great details, the castle at the bg and the bird is the cherry on the pie. Great pp work


Hi Hans
This is a really lovely photo. I think it is very clever how you have changed it to take out the bits so it shows just the castle. I have yet to learn all this PP work!!!
A superb picture with a lovely frame surrounding it.

Hi Hans
a wonderful architecture in a perfect shot
all details are well made and colours perfect
what more
I like it

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2008-05-25 10:35]

Bonjour Hans,
Belle composition de l'entrée du château de Corfe, avec en premier plan l'entrée servant de cadre, une belle luminosité et de jolies couleurs donnent le ton pour couronner le tout, Bravo j'aime beaucoup
Amicalement Odile

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-05-25 11:11]

indrukwekkend..ongelooflijk hoe
die oude ruines zo'n schoonheid
in zich dragen


wow excelente ccuadro te felicito

hi hans, awesome point of view, excellent framing here with a very creative touch, nice shot!

Wonderful PP work on the beautiful capture.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-05-25 19:00]

Hi Hans,
Lovely composition. I almost expect to see some knights in amour to come riding through the gate.

Good long view. Super the curve in background.
Good effect , bravo Réal.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-05-25 22:44]

Hi Hans:)
Perfect light, perfect picture - really well done:)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-05-25 23:01]

That crow is a gorgeous capture ... even if the photo would have been superb without it ...


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-05-25 23:38]

Hi HAns
A difficult capture with different ligh, but very well managed. Clever idea to use the entrance as a frame. Clear and sharp of course

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-05-26 3:31]

Oh, the curved archway and gate nicely frame the castle Hans. Amazing stonework too. And an exttrsa point for the bird in the BG too. Well timed

Hi Hans, splendid composition with fantastic perspective, wonderful colors and superb light, very well done, have a good week, ciao Silvio

love every thing bout this pjoto simply awsome, great view with great details, really like the angle its taken from showing such a lovely background to complete it...
in short its perfect =)
well done
and tfs ^^

have a great day

Suhailah J Nassar

An expert capture Hans!
Great use of this unique architecture a frame.
Wow, the bird is so perfectly placed.
Truly magical shot.
Well done.
- Vincent

Hi Hans

You did so well on the PP work removing all the obstructions. You have been left with a stunning image. You have perfectly framed the castle in the gateway, nice exposure and the bird is a great catch!



Hi Hans,

Excellent POV, well balanced composition, great DOF, vivid colors and as always nicely presented.
Greetings from both of us,

Wow, Hans, you have nailed a terrific shot here! Creative pov, superb, sharp details, perfectly positioned off-centre focal point and fabulous light. It would be tough to improve on this!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
pl :-)

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-05-26 11:40]

What I like best is the pp work you used to balance the light in and out of the gate, Hans. You went easy on doing so, and it still looks quite natural. My compliments!

perfect composition with vivid colors Hans, well seen saturation and contrast of colors.well done.

Mooi joppie mijnheer De Baron!

Een perfecte klassieke doorkijk heb je zo gemaakt. Heel prettig om naar te kijken. Mooi ook hoe het licht direct na de eerste boog naar binnen valt.


Hoi Hans
Great view and excellent composition.
Excellent Creative perspective and beautiful details.
Well done my friend.TFS

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-28 8:16]

Hi Hans
Great change between the before and after.
Fantastic pp work giving great results.
Well done
You are right we yanks do have a way of getting in the way.
Yep,I am one of them,my friends call me the modified canadian.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-05-28 11:31]

De vogel en de blauwe lucht zijn helemaal ""cream on the pudding""Hans,volgens mij hejijt druk.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-05-29 8:02]

What makes this one REALLY special is that it is a unique PoV in a photo of this famous place. Everyone walks through that gate, but usually there are so many other bodies in the way that there is no clear view. Hans -- your timing was perfect -- the crow is a bonus that NOBODY could have anticipated! This is a fabulous image

Hi Hans,

Interesting to see castle from this angle . .
Great composition to show the way from the entrance . .
Details and very sharp image . .


just lovely, Hans.. beautiful gate going to the castle ruin.. wow.. the composition is just fantastic.. that is the crow? i thought it was an eagle :) yes you are lucky it passed when you took this shot..

excellent capture.. perfect in my eyes..

regards, terry
pl :D

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  • Loon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 11 N: 91] (1163)
  • [2008-06-01 3:13]

Great job Hans
Damn them tourists lol
x Loon

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-06-01 8:26]

Hi Hans,

I love this photo! Very nicely composed with beautiful colors and perspectiv!

wonderfully done.


Hoi Hans,
Nou, terecht dat je nu al boven de 100 punten zit. Prachtplaat, mede door het PP-werk.
Technische helemaal goed, en daarnaast een unieke inhoud.
Mooi werk.

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2008-06-01 11:19]

Een prachtig resultaat! Die vogel is inderdaad een "lucky", maar je hebt hem er toch maar op!!
Maakt de foto levend!

Moi doan!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-06-01 13:08]

Hello Hans, good job you on removing the tourists! Well composed shot, good tchnique and great pp work, thanks!


Hi Hans!!

really magical and amazing place!!
great shot beautiful!!


Kisses from PL

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2008-06-02 11:04]

Zeer mooi, aparte sfeer én heel goed pp werk Hans.

Vermits ik hier iets van Critique moet schrijven :-) ...
Misschien die felle lichte streep, rechts
iets milderen ?


Hi Hans, I like views through arches and this is a very fine one. The clarity of both the foreground stonework and the ruined castle in the distance are both clear, and not so easily achieved. TFS. Murray.

Mooie foto (na het origeneel bekeken te hebben ook mooi PP-work)
De hele foto spreekt van oudheid. Het zal mooi geweest zijn om daar te lopen (en te fotograferen)

Hallo Hans,
von dem PP keine Spur. Hast du sehr gut hingekriegt. Wunderschöner POV. Gute Arbeit mein Freund.


A great view captured from the entrance.
And I think you've also managed to catch a bird flying by.

Well done.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-06-04 3:23]

Hallo Hans
Prachtige doorkijk. Lekker klassiek maar hij mag er zijn.
Gr Jos

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-06-06 2:22]

Great shot nice comp
and perfect exposure
nice PP

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-06-28 7:48]

what a great view at the Background from the entrance with crisp details on the stone walls. it's a great pov indeed. colours are just at their best. well done.

Hi Hans,
I was having a brief visit in your gallery and found this one to be strongly attractive. The details clarity throughout the image, on the highlight and shadow, are very appealing.

As for the composition, I love the 'look through' idea and having that bird in the frame is surely an added bonus. Love this shot very much.


Wow Hans,

This is a great shot. I like how you have a tunnel looking towards the castle. I like the multiple gates too.

Very impressive post processing. Glad you got rid of all of the "junk". Are you sure the tourists weren't from the Netherlands? LOL Lisa

Hello Hans
What a wonderful photo, beautiful entrance and composition.

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