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to the gate of Dirleton
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Copyright: bryan johnstone (luckybry) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1008 W: 59 N: 1348] (12051)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-02-25
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-27 7:58
Viewed: 1393
Points: 14
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taken in colur converted to black and white added contrast etc to try brings the sky a little more dramatic

Dirleton Castle is a medieval fortress in the village of Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland. It lies around 2 miles (3.2 km) west of North Berwick, and around 19 miles (31 km) east of Edinburgh. The oldest parts of the castle date to the 13th century, and it was abandoned by the end of the 17th century.

Begun in around 1240 by John De Vaux, the castle was heavily damaged during the Wars of Scottish Independence, when it was twice taken by the English. In the 14th century, Dirleton was repaired by the Haliburton family, and it was acquired by the Ruthvens in 1505. The Ruthvens were involved in several plots against Mary, Queen of Scots, and King James VI, and eventually forfeited the castle in 1600. Dirleton ceased to be a residence, although Oliver Cromwell was forced to besiege the castle to flush out a band of mosstroopers, during the Third English Civil War in 1650. The damaged castle was then acquired by John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton, who decided to build a new country house on the nearby Archerfield Estate. The Nisbet family of Dirleton continued to maintain the castle's gardens, before handing Dirleton into state care in 1923. The ruins and gardens are now maintained by Historic Scotland

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Good go here Bryan! The B&W certainly makes for a dramatic sky.

Couple of things here - there's a definite tilt to the right, and the image is a little softer than f18 would seem to deliver. You can see in the tower to the left of screen that it's a little blurry. Not sure why! Maybe too much of a small aperture as it's a little past the sweet spot that on most lenses is around f9/f11 mark. I get this sometimes when I use f22 for night shots - a loss of sharpness!

That said - I really like the tones and dramatic sky here.


Hello Bryan,
To start with...my apology to David. Yes, there is a "tilt" to the right but what does it matter? Tilt in relation to what?...the frame of my computer screen? Fact is..no two vertical lines are parallel so this thing about tilt and horizontality IN PHOTOGRAPHY is largely a figment of the imagination. Back to the image itself. It is really interesting with beautiful lines and patterns and shapes and a dramatic sky above. Well done.

Even when heavily damaged it's still an imposing structure, thanks for the info very interesting history. Nice presentation especially in B&W. Great pov and dof with nice contrast. Well done, tfs.

Nice shot Bryan. Love the pov, composition and presentation in B&W. The additions you made to the sky enhances the mood. Great job. TFS, Lori

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-27 12:10]

Hi Bryan,
Nice B&W shot of this ancient gate. A nice lead-in bridge which goes straight to the archway.
I'm against the tilt and perhaps you used a neat image corrector which produced a sort of blur to the result.
Over all an attractive result.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

HI Bryan...nice black and white shot...your tones are very nice here...looks like a lot of Red Channel from the Channel Mixer...well done.


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-02-28 1:48]

Hi Bryan...
Nice [email protected] shot with so nice tones...
Nice composition...

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