Julie Walker, EPSA  

Castlenoud by Julie Walker, EPSA

December 2019 - Castlenoud

December 2019 - Julie Walker, EPSA


About the Image(s)

This image ties in with my previous one as it is the castle, now a museum, where I photographed the trebuchets. As you can see, the castle has an imposing position overlooking the Dordogne valley. Settings for this image were as follows: ISO 400, f8, 1/500th sec. Taken using my converted camera and a wide angle lens set at 17mm.
As usual I've processed the image in Lightroom and then converted it using Nik Silver Effex Pro. I've cloned out the lens flare, and some of the people, but I have left a few figures in as an indication of the huge scale of this castle.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

I love the contrast and textures, good leading lines, and excellent composition, and I am curious in the history and stories of the castle.
The only thing I would do maybe darken the lower center a bit.
  Posted: 12/09/2019 23:04:02

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This is a very striking image Julie with great tonal range and superb quality. Do like he wall lead in to the imposing building. Nice that your viewpoint has shown some of the landscape in the distance. A fantastic shot and the only thing I would say is it would help to balance off the sky as perhaps the white clouds on the right could do with slightly less exposure. Superb!!   Posted: 12/12/2019 03:33:27

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
After viewing this image and reading your description, I am amazed you were able to capture such depth of field at f/8. I find the wall that winds its way back into that beautiful valley very interesting and I want to spend time looking around back there. I am not so certain about the wall on the bottom left. To me, it takes up quite a bit of real estate and adds a lot of weight in that area giving it a bit of an unbalanced feel. I studied it and tried to figure out some way to eliminate a bit of that wall but it seemed to me that any attempt at cropping would eliminate something important to the scene. I think you have tone a good job with tonal range and I would bet this image would do well in a Travel Division exhibition.   Posted: 12/16/2019 11:18:46
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thanks for your comments. Now you have mentioned it I can see that the wall is very dominant. In hindsight I should have walked to the corner and taken the castle without the wall, however I think the castle may then have obscured the countryside in the background.   Posted: 12/23/2019 10:33:02

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I didn't notice the people until I read the write-up and once I did I started cropping both left and right edges so the people would show up better as they do indicate just how huge the castle is. The wall on the left is so massive it detracts from the rest of the castle. First I cropped all of it off (to make the scene a vertical) then adjusted the crop to include the trebuchet. I took a little off the right side stopping as the curved wall. It is truly a magnificent building but difficult to photograph.   Posted: 12/23/2019 09:12:57
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thank you for your suggestion, I'll have a try at cropping it as you suggest.   Posted: 12/23/2019 10:34:21