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  #225 Gold/Golden
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$13,000,000 worth of gold leaf put to good use.       ©2019 A.N.Other
Panasonic DMC-FZ2000       1st place, 183 points
1/5s, f2.8, ISO 400, 24mm, Normal Program, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped and rotated very slightly
Spot removal tool
Clone tool
Blended together the exposures of 3 photos
Tonal contrast
Dodge and burn
Slight saturation changes
      Extra Info: Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to be able to enter larger photos in the challenges, to help show small details more clearly. We have all been very good this year! Thank you :-) .

I blended 3 exposures of the same photo to help capture the details in the shadow and highlight parts of the room.
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Dec 17, 2019
    Congrats - your usual excellent work. And I do agree it would be nice to submit larger images - this one must be breathtaking full size.

Dec 17, 2019
    Congratulation! What a photo!

Dec 17, 2019
    Congratulations Neil. This ceiling is nothing short of incredible, and you did a masterful job of photographing it in all its splendour. How wonderful that you were given the opportunity to go right into the room.

Dec 17, 2019
    Congratulations on the well deserved win for this fabulous shot. (And thank you for not putting it in the main category ;-) there would be no beating this!)

Dec 16, 2019
    Great job Neil

Dec 16, 2019
    Congrats - this shot would make a killer jigsaw puzzle!

Dec 16, 2019
    Congratulations on a well deserved win, and apologies for mistaking this for HDR :-). It was actually the stained glass rather than the gold that I thought looked a bit unnatural.

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Dec 16, 2019
    This is absolutely mind-blowing. You did an incredible job with the composition, the lighting and the detail. What an amazing find.

Dec 16, 2019
    Thank you both for the lovely comments.

ysal - Yeah, It took me by surprise when I first saw it! I've lived a maximum of 10 miles from it my whole life and I only found out about it around 5 years ago! I made sure I went as the castle opened and as there was no one else around, the woman kindly let me into the room to take my photos. Normally people get no further in than the doorway. A little information about the designer for you and you might enjoy the link in my reply to aoc46 below.

'The fantasy Moorish design of the Arab Room, reminiscent of pre-Raphaelite visions of harem rooms, was designed in the 1880s by architect and medieval revivalist William Burges for the castle’s Victorian-era owner, John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The ornate golden ceiling is not simply gold paint but is in fact pure gold-leaf painstakingly applied by hand. While the use of gold leaf is common-place throughout the opulent property, it is estimated that the gold in the Arab Room alone amounts to a whopping $13 million. To create the high vaulted ceilings Burges desired, he had to break through the two floors above him, in one of the castles towers transforming the three stacked rooms into one large, open space.' The Arab Room was intended as a drawing room for the women to use.
Edited on Dec 16, 2019

Dec 16, 2019
    I can't even think of any words to describe this excess. Hard to imagine places like this exists. It must have been fun to design it! You photographed and processed this perfectly.

Old Finn
Dec 16, 2019
    Good work. Beautiful colors and good sharpness. In my favorites.

Dec 14, 2019
    Thank you so much aoc46. I'm really pleased with the way it came out.

It's the Arab Room in Cardiff Castle south Wales. It's in the same castle as the gold decorated door you asked about a few challenges ago. The Marques really did know how to enjoy his money!

Please have a look at the link below. I advise making it full screen (controls top right). Zoom in and out using the mouse wheel. You can even view it through VR goggles (special setting) for maximum effect! I was sitting on the fireplace when taking my photo.

Edited on Dec 16, 2019

Dec 14, 2019
    Amazing shot - exceptionally well done. Where is this?

Dec 14, 2019
    Thanks ever so much both for the lovely comments :-) .

RobertLavker - You are getting quite the knack at finding me out!
Edited on Dec 15, 2019

Dec 14, 2019
    Great shot in the style of A.N. Other, which is a compliment. Certainly gets the gold.

Dec 13, 2019
    Wow! That's a stunning ceiling and very well shot.

Dec 13, 2019
    Thank you very much both. I'm delighted you like it :-) .

Maike13 - I was worried people might think it was a HDR shot as I had to mention more than one exposure was used. I would estimate that at least 95+% of what you see is from the main exposure. I could easily have entered it from just the one exposure but added the other two to make this photo as good as I reasonably could do. I think you'd be surprised to see how close to reality my entry is. I think you're HDR radar is being thrown off somewhat by not having seen many gold rooms ;-) .
Edited on Dec 15, 2019

Dec 13, 2019
    Stunning! This is absolutely fabulous - such a lot of intricate detail, pattern and symmetry. The gold has been rendered to perfection. Top pick for me.

Dec 12, 2019
    Wow!! I'm not usually a huge fan of HDR, as I find it often has a rather unnatural look. While that's still true here to some extent, I love the exquisite detail it has allowed you to illustrate. Superb work!!
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