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A window through time       ©2019 A.N.Other
Panasonic DMC-FZ2000       1st place, 170 points
1/4s, f4.5, ISO 125, 24mm, Aperture Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped.
Dodge and Burn.
Saturation changes.
Clone and Spot Removal tools.
I used Photomatix Essentials to combine the exposures.
      Extra Info: This lookout window was built high up into the thick walled tower of a castle. It is 750 years old and is so well built, I think people could still be looking out of it in another 750 years time.

A few exposures of the same scene were combined, to approximate how I saw the window when standing there.
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Nov 5, 2019
    Thank you all for the very kind congrats :-) . For once both my entries turned out just about how I'd visualised them :-) .

Lo - A Welsh gold ring? Your Main entry was an easy winner for me.
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Nov 5, 2019
    Congratulations. I just loved this shot. I actually have a ring from Caerphilly, but have never visited it myself. Hopefully someday.

Nov 5, 2019
    Congrats, dramatic shot!

Nov 5, 2019
    Congratulations. A wonderfully dramatic shot. As soon as I saw this one I thought "and we have a winner" :-).

Nov 5, 2019
    Congratulations on the well deserved win. I love this shot.

Nov 4, 2019
    I loved this one the moment I saw it. Congrats Neil.
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Nov 4, 2019
    Way to go - Neil
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Nov 4, 2019
    Thank you both so much. You really make me glow with pride with comments like that :-) .

jomari - It's Caerphilly Castle. You (and Bernie) might remember this window from one of my earlier entries -


If you see the window half way up the closest tower with the white streaks, the window in my entry is the same window in the opposite corner tower on the far left of the photo. It overlooks the hills you can see through the window in my entry.
Edited on Nov 4, 2019

Nov 4, 2019
    This is my top pick. I love the structure and the leading lines, framing and symmetry. What a fabulous old building, I hope it does stand for centuries to come. Beautifully handled exposure combination.

Nov 4, 2019
    Absolutely beautiful use of lighting to show the textures of the wood and stone without compromising the view. I love keyhole shots and this one is just great.

Nov 4, 2019
    Thank you all for the generous comments.

davemisunas - I thought it was going to be tricky so I downloaded a test of Photoshop Elements 2020 which is 9 versions newer than my usual 'Elements 9' but it did a lousy job at blending the exposures. I tried Photomatix Essentials which I normally use and it did a great job except for the window which I had to add by hand.
Edited on Nov 4, 2019

Nov 3, 2019
    very nice image...for a simple structure you made it look like something special. lighting looks like it may have been a challenge.. in my top fav.

Old Finn
Nov 3, 2019
    Interesting view, looks like a museum. In my TT.

Nov 2, 2019
    Nicely done - I like the symmetry, the keyhole shape, the lighting, the contrast of color with near-monochrome. Can't think of anything to change, unless maybe to add a mysterious figure, cloaked and with a broadsword, looking out.

Nov 2, 2019
    Thank you both very much for the kind comments :-) .

dk - I did burn in the sides somewhat 3 times after I'd initially entered the shot (sorry ysal ;-) as I thought it was a bit too light. It's hard to judge how other people will see the photo - I edit photos in the dark on quite a bright monitor, but people might view the entries in daylight on a monitor with different brightness and gamma settings so I played it safe, but I agree It would look quite moody with more burning in.
Edited on Nov 4, 2019

Nov 2, 2019
    I have some shots like this in my collection, too. I love the subject matter and the grittiness of the entire scene (BW right choice!). I prefer not HDR'ing it, rather, the much darker portions (presumably somewhat vignetting it) would add to the impact I think. In any event, nice.
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Nov 1, 2019
    Striking image, very dramatic. Great contrast with the outside view.

Nov 1, 2019
    RobertLavker - Thank you very much. I do indeed take that as a compliment :-D . Really glad you like my photo.

Maike13 - The stones look pretty much how they did in real life to me. They are somewhat desaturated and most of them are soaking wet, as we had had near constant heavy rain for the two days before this photo was taken. The tower is very strong but a long way from being waterproof :-) . There are other windows around the tower which provided the illumination of the stonework closest to me.
Edited on Nov 4, 2019

Nov 1, 2019
    Very dramatic shot. The surface of the bricks looks a little odd (post-processing maybe?) but I love the overall result. Great composition.

Nov 1, 2019
    Outstanding shot - in the style of either AN Other or John Comyn, which should be taken as a compliment. High in my favs.
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