Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4  

Below Maiden Castle by Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

October 2020 - Below Maiden Castle

October 2020 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

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October 2020 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

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About the Image(s)

This image taken just a week ago. Maiden Castle is just outside the town of Dorchester and I have included a shot of the information board for your interest. The shot was taken a couple of hundred yards from the 'You are here' marker.
It was the drift of pale yellow sunflowers which caught my attention but the raw image was a bit flat so adjustments made in ACR including increasing vibrance and saturation and dehaze to darken the sky. Then using Topaz Studio 2 I selected the Pallett knife with oils preset but reduced opacity to 50%.

7 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I agree that the original needed brightening, and you have done a great job in doing that. There is a little of Van Gogh about the final result. From the point of composition you are spot on. I did wonder about the brush strokes that can be seen in the sky, but I have decided that Vincent would have approved!   Posted: 10/02/2020 03:11:07

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Turned a quite dull image into a blaze of colour!! Great image with plenty for your eye to follow!!   Posted: 10/03/2020 09:07:07

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Ever so beautiful ! Love all the colors and particularly the composition with the leading row!   Posted: 10/09/2020 13:43:58

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I like your Van Gogh like treatment, but I'm disappointed that the sun flowers that drew your attention are not prominent. Perhaps another version could be a composite featuring Van Gogh like flowers.

You made me curious about the site, so I Googled it. Very interesting. Nasty Romans!   Posted: 10/10/2020 18:05:33

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Ian, I like your dramatic conversion. However, to me, the main areas of interest are the sheep, the clump of trees on the left and the path on the hill. In my revision I have tried to emphasize those features.   Posted: 10/11/2020 19:47:54
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Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
I have a few shots of the sheep but not worked on them yet.It is interesting that we all look at different details in an image and your tweaks do help.   Posted: 10/12/2020 03:03:45

Jen Fawkes   Jen Fawkes
This certainly does have a Van Gogh feel to it. The brighter version really makes the yellows and green pop. I have never used this program, but I wonder if you can change the intensity for different parts of the image, I find the sky appears a bit overdone (in texture) compared to the ground part. It certainly makes me want to go there.   Posted: 10/11/2020 21:53:58


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