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  #152 View From the Window
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The sights this window has seen!       ©2015 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       3rd place, 266 points
1/160s, f6.4, ISO 200, 64mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: I focused and exposed for the thickness of the window then focus and exposed for the spire and sky. I blended these together then cropped, sharpened, saturation, burn and dodge, levels and resized.       Extra Info: This window was made around 1136. It sits high up in a twelve sided 'motte-and-bailey' style castle keep. The ornate Gothic spire (another part of the castle) that the window now looks onto was made in 1860. The spire sits on an octagonal stone tower that was built in 1423.

Over the centuries this castle has seen many bloody battles and has consequently been owned by many kings, dukes and lords etc.
 
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A.N.Other
Jan 28, 2015
    Lo - You're "You're on!" also brought a smile to my face ;-) .

No problem. It would be lovely to meet a fellow Panachallenger face to face.

Zhaark
Jan 27, 2015
    Congrads A.N.Other, so this was your 1st time having a go at a composite like this? WOW - thats amazing.

Lo
Jan 26, 2015
    This was beautifully done - Congratulations on 3rd place. Forgot to add thanks for your offer as a tour guide - I really hope we have the opportunity to take you up on it - it would be nice to meet you.
Edited on Jan 28, 2015

Mepo
Jan 26, 2015
    Congrats - All your work paid off well!

johncomyn
Jan 26, 2015
    Well done Neil, very nice window and view.

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NEAT
Jan 26, 2015
    The WINNER, marvellous history you've captured!

A.N.Other
Jan 26, 2015
    Thank you very much. You're comments are very kind :-). They bring a smile to my face.

I'm afraid it would be quite a trip for you but if you did come someday I'd be honoured to show you around.
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

Lo
Jan 26, 2015
    There's an amazing amount of detail in the window, and you've done a beautiful job of blending the photos together. I would love to see it in person some day.

A.N.Other
Jan 26, 2015
    Thank you for the very nice comments :-) .
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

BarbroS
Jan 26, 2015
    Very nice perspective, great dof and detail all the way. Great composition.

A.N.Other
Jan 26, 2015
    Thanks for the kind works. I'm not sure what you mean by 'a bit off'. The window is exactly as seen with no distortions applied.
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

Elyod
Jan 26, 2015
    It's a nice shot with lots of detail, but the right side of the window looks "a bit off".

A.N.Other
Jan 26, 2015
    I'm very pleased that my efforts at clear and informative information have been appreciated :-) . Thank you for the very nice comment too.
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

PhillipW
Jan 25, 2015
    Thankyou for the very descriptive PP and extra info on this excellent entry with a great title. Composition, focus and exposure are spot on. Very high favourite, good luck in the challenge. (IMO a great example of the benefit of including this information during voting)

A.N.Other
Jan 25, 2015
    I'm really glad you like my photo :-) Thanks.
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

Old Finn
Jan 25, 2015
    Interesting photo. Good work, well composed, good sharpness and nice colors. In my favorites.

A.N.Other
Jan 25, 2015
    Thank you very much. I was really pleased with the way it came out. Just as I'd hoped.
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

aoc46
Jan 25, 2015
    Very nice - really like the lighting and the textures of the stone.

A.N.Other
Jan 25, 2015
    Thanks. I'm so pleased you like it :-)
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

Phil99
Jan 25, 2015
    Brilliant!

A.N.Other
Jan 25, 2015
    Mepo - Sorry about that. It was my first attempt at anything as difficult as this. I hope to improve in the future. LOL. I have a feeling it might be OOD :-). Glad you like it.

Jade O - Thanks very much. The camera was set on auto white balance when taking the photo of the window and the photo of the tower so differences could occur there. I also desaturated the tower slightly to make it look closer to life and saturated the window somwhat to add some colour interest. It was taken in Cardiff Castle in South Wales.
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

Mepo
Jan 24, 2015
    The foreground is simply fantastic and the exterior sharp and well done but there is something about the transition that just does not work. Still in my favs because of the excellent composition. I see a chunk out of the window frame at the top - maybe someone should contact the builders and find out if the warranty is still valid :-) Right on theme - love it.

Jade O.
Jan 24, 2015
    You've done a nice job with the blending but somehow the exterior image looks like a different white balance was used when contrasted with the interior window. No matter, it is nicely framed. Hope you will let us know the castle location.

A.N.Other
Jan 24, 2015
    Thanks very much. I'm glad you like it :-) . No I don't work there but a lot of people do. I entered it under the challenge rule "But it's okay to use other windows as well".
Edited on Jan 24, 2015

babysister
Jan 24, 2015
    Fantastic photo but I presume you neither live or work there.

A.N.Other
Jan 24, 2015
    Thanks very much. I'm glad you like the details. I could make it smaller if required (please see the links in MERCURY's reply) . The main reason I made it so close is that there are roofs of more modern buildings visible below. One day I will try it again smaller in the frame like you suggest.
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

johncomyn
Jan 24, 2015
    Very interesting window frame, like that I can see the details. The spire is also quite interesting, would be even better if the spire was just a little further away. the framing looks just a little tight. I know you had no control over that.

A.N.Other
Jan 23, 2015
    Thanks very much. It was tricky but worth it. The photo turned out just about how I imagined it with all parts nice and sharp (I love things sharp), but as you say, even though our eyes may see everything in the scene sharp in real life, it might not look quite right in a photo.

If anything the spire is darker than it should be. It is a light grey colour. Please click on link :-

http://stockarch.com/files/13/02/castle_gothic_spire.jpg
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

SteveBee
Jan 23, 2015
    Good composition and technically superb in sharpness and handling of the dynamic range. The only nit is that the spire is *so* sharp and also bright that it does not look natural.

A.N.Other
Jan 23, 2015
    Three photos. One focused on the window, one on the tower and one of the sky a few days later as the original sky was totally overcast. Thanks very much :-)
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

forkcandles
Jan 23, 2015
    from your comments it appears you have used two images ??
or mixed the final exposure to get all the elements.
you have a very good picture with the window element well in.

A.N.Other
Jan 23, 2015
    OK, I'm starting to blush! I'm really pleased you liked this photo so much. It's one of those photos I've had 'in reserve' in my mind waiting for a reason to take it.
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

Edward
Jan 23, 2015
    Great image; well composed and your processing is perfect. Totally love it!

A.N.Other
Jan 23, 2015
    Than you so much both. You have made my day with your comments :-).
Edited on Jan 25, 2015

RobertLavker
Jan 23, 2015
    Perfect composition. I love the depth of the image.

QueenEsther
Jan 23, 2015
    I absolutely love this! The dark stone window framing the sunlit spire is stunning. Great focus as well.

A.N.Other
Jan 23, 2015
    Thank you for taking the time to comment so fully. You have indeed been very helpful. This was my first go at anything like this complicated so my skills are no where near as advanced as yours. I knew something wasn't quite right with the transition but I didn't know what. I didn't want to mess up what I had done by trying to correct it. I will take all what you have said ant try and improve my photo. Maybe one day I can enter it in a DPReview challenge.

You are right about the sky not reflecting on the building as the original sky was totally overcast with thick clouds. The spire on the other hand is indeed seen through this window as stated in the 'Extra Info'. Here are some photos other people have taken through this window as proof :-

http://sunsetblog.cbd9.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/DSC_76401.jpg

http://www.sncmusic.com/photo/cardiff-castle-window-view

Third photo down - http://www.magic-photographer.com/2012/09/28/cardiff-capital-of-wales-united-kingdom-photo-gallery/

By changing how far the camera is from the window and the focal length of the lens you can make the spire appear bigger or smaller

It was lit by the same light as the window (photos taken seconds apart).

I'm delighted you like my photo (or should I say 'art'? :-) .
Edited on Jan 26, 2015

Zhaark
Jan 23, 2015
    Probably the most creative entry. The exposure on the window is amazing. Love how the leading lines towards the vanishing point, also points towards the spire. The composite looks a bit the "fake".
At the end of the window, there is a light glare, that does not match with the light outside. The window have a sharp black line running on the frame that should not be visible with the amount of light coming from the outside. Window frame should have a softer edge. Looks like the sky does not match spire. The spire is to sharp on the edges and the surrounding sky does not reflect onto the building, specially the edge from where the sun shines. That edge should have a "glow" of light to sell this as an original photo.
In short - The spire and window frame is to sharply cut out. And it looks like they have light coming from different directions. (left on the spire)(Front of the window) I would guess in real life the spire is not really part of the view ;-)
I apologise for for getting so technical. I have been struggling for ages to get this right, and still struggle. Even after 5 pro tutorials on composites.
Really hope this helps you in some way....
I love this photo very much.....its not an photo, its art!!! ;-)
Edited on Jan 23, 2015
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