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Scotney Castle 1 of 5

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 11 October 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Scotney is set in the Kent countryside and the estate consists of two very distinctive country houses, this is the older of the two built around 1378 by Roger Ashburnham. This castle was selectively ruined by the later owners around 400 years later, who had built a then modern Elizabethan style Victorian house further up the hill and wanted the old castle to become a focal point for the gardens. There are still some rooms in the old house but unfortunately the majority of the building, apart from of some the outer walls have been destroyed.

My weekly monochrome, please let me know what you think good or bad I promise I won't be offended.

Canon EOS 500D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 27 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

I like the stillness of the water and the castle does well in black and white... but i think a few of the elements get lost.. Would love to see castle and sky in mono!! :-)

11 Oct 2012 5:29am

Devi from Chennai, India

It looks beautiful.It is sad that modernity has crept into the interior..The old world charm is still here it seems . The reflection looks idyllic...Lovely photograph !! :-)

11 Oct 2012 5:32am

@Devi: Thanks Devi, the interior is as was built in 1378, the only alterations was the destruction of parts of it to make a feature of this building for the Victorian owners

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

That is a secluded home! Very nice!

11 Oct 2012 6:17am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien cadré et j'adore le rendu avec ce traitement

11 Oct 2012 6:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Splendid point of view from across the calm water and superb tones in b&w

11 Oct 2012 6:37am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I really like this , great POV and it has a gloomy feel to it, the feel brought on by British weather

11 Oct 2012 6:56am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

fantastic compo, so romantic...

11 Oct 2012 7:05am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

It looks like a photo from an old edition of Country Life magazine. Very beautiful.

11 Oct 2012 7:24am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

The view is very beautiful ,if the contrast of photo was more than it it was very better.

11 Oct 2012 7:54am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli reflet ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

11 Oct 2012 7:55am

Sylvie from France

Splendide, je suis fan ...

11 Oct 2012 8:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What's happened to the contrast Doug?
This has ended up very grey and flat without any modelling.
I'd try changing the mode to RGB and adding a curves adjustment layer, a nice gentle S curve makes a massive difference.

11 Oct 2012 8:55am

@Curly: I have to admit to trying something a little different with desaturating this, but I think I'm inclined to agree that it needs some more contrast. Thanks for you comments Curly and the suggestion which I will try, if I'm happy with the results I'll re-post after this series is finished.

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Beautiful, soft tone variations! There is a moody mystique in this!

11 Oct 2012 9:15am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Back in the day of negatives, dev dishes and enlargers I always reached for the uber-hard(Contrasty) paper, I had a real thing that blacks have to be midnight black, and whites had to be as pure as the driven snow. (Park that concept for a minute) ...Now if someone says to me "How are you?" and I want to describe a low point in my life, I don't say "I'm ill", "I'm penniless", "I'm breaking up with my wife or girlfriend"...I say "I'm grey" Greyness in my world is the closest thing to living Hell. OK, so add the two together and you can guess how I'm comment......My personal preference is for contrasty images with the mid-tones taking a bit of a back seat. Now, you are always good enough to ask for feedback-that takes guts. So what I think is completely irrelevant, and shouldn't change anything you think or do, but, you asked for thoughts, and you have my "Prejudices" 'cos that's what they are.
In a couple of days time, you'll see a shot I took of two horses pulling a plough. It's taken every fibre of self-control to not make it more contrasty-it was really hard for me to do-but I had to give the mid-range world a bit of a go!!

11 Oct 2012 9:30am

@CElliottUK: I appreciate your comment prejudices and all, and I have to admit I look at it and it's not right, but I posted it because when I desaturated it there was something about it for me although there were questions I was asking myself about it. What I like about doing this weekly and asking for people's comments I get some valuable critique that I can learn from.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nice view across the water....I think I would also like to have seen more contrast to emphasize the beautiful reflection.

11 Oct 2012 9:47am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Special tones in grey and very beautiful composiiton .

11 Oct 2012 10:03am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

I too like contrast, usually, but this is magical in grey, Doug

11 Oct 2012 11:09am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

It´s a nice scene but all a bit too grey and lacking contrast for my taste !!

11 Oct 2012 11:10am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

I too like contrast, usually, but this is magical in grey, Doug. It would be fun to see what there is to see if you up the contrast and post that one for comparison

11 Oct 2012 11:11am

@Ann: Thanks Ann I think re-posting after a play with the contrast is going to be on the cards

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your explanation... Beautiful! I like it!

11 Oct 2012 11:47am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très belle ta photo!! j'adore cette ambiance!!!! J'aime+++

11 Oct 2012 11:47am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

A very picturesque image though for me, it has too much of the "John Major" feel - I too would like to see a little more contrast which should give your scene some more depth.

11 Oct 2012 11:53am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Die Aufnahme als solches ist nicht schlecht, aber als SW ist es mir zu wenig.

11 Oct 2012 1:38pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

This is a beautiful view with excellent detail. A strong presentation. I agree with the idea of a bit more contrast.

11 Oct 2012 2:18pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A very nice composition, but personally I prefer a little more contrast. But it is a matter of taste. Your photo is very beautiful. A great shot.

11 Oct 2012 2:54pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

You've got me reaching for the lens wipes Doug, Sorry . ;>)

11 Oct 2012 3:57pm

@Jeff: It's surprising where the fog gets :-)

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

This image really does have that classic vintage appearance, superb work.

11 Oct 2012 4:39pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Nice to see someone else getting into the castle spirit. This is an excellent b&w from an excellent view point.

11 Oct 2012 4:41pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic ! dream house of my teenager. beautiful reflections. really nice image...:-)

11 Oct 2012 5:01pm

Prem from SoCal, United States

i love the effect you put into this photo Doug, it really looks like in the olden times... and castle is just the perfect subject esp with its history. You can link this one to Weekend in B&W if you want to, it'll be up by tomorrow. I sometimes play there if I'm up to it.

11 Oct 2012 5:10pm

@Prem: Sounds interesting Prem, I'll have a look

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Interesting - depth is diminished by flat tones.

11 Oct 2012 5:33pm

Florence from Paris, France

A wonderful shot, powerful process for this extra mono. Somehow it makes me think of a place near Versailles, where Marie-Antoinette has a kind of secret garden (if I may say). Have a look here if you're interested in.

11 Oct 2012 6:20pm

@Florence: An interesting place Florence I can see what you mean, I suspect the Norman/French ideas of architecture influenced both places

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

There is a strange sadness to this shot Doug! Your choice of B&W for this shot is perfect! ;-)

11 Oct 2012 6:42pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

as a landscape, this hooked me straight away but yes, I agree with Curly and it just needs a little contrast and lift...minor criticism as I like the scene so much.

11 Oct 2012 7:07pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! This is stunning. The castle is beautiful and so is the reflection.

11 Oct 2012 7:37pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

A very charming and unique setting ~ very attractive photo and a fantastic b/w!

11 Oct 2012 8:44pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

This is an excellent monochrome shot, although I, personally like the contrasts a bit more accentuated ... Beautiful photo of this spectacular castle and the reflection !!!

11 Oct 2012 9:07pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It's a great building and mood, and although the contrast could be a little more impactful, I really like the shot.

11 Oct 2012 10:53pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Hi Doug, this is a pretty picture but it is lacking in tonal range, there are too many mid tones and completely lacking in dark and light tones. It has very good clarity and I like the POV. Was this a B&W or converted color, just wondering.

11 Oct 2012 11:09pm

Dan from Quartz Hill, United States

Thank You So Much Doug.
So Ok Maybe Some Day We Can See That For Real 

11 Oct 2012 11:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

It looks like at one time this was an exquisite castle. It is too bad that it was let to deteriorate. Lovely image. I really like the reflection.

11 Oct 2012 11:57pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

The photo lacks contrast IMO, Doug ... and could probably benefit from the s-curve adjustment that Curly mentioned. Personally I don't see life as 'black' or 'white' ... but this is simply too much gray. <grin>

12 Oct 2012 12:12am

Emma G from Canberra, Australia

a stunning scene Doug...I like many other people who have commented also think that it would benefit from more contrast and has been really interesting to read the feedback from your followers.

12 Oct 2012 3:07am

k@ from Paris, France

I love this place and the way you make us 'visit' it, thanks !

13 Oct 2012 12:18pm

k@ from Paris, France

And the compos are cleverly thought !

13 Oct 2012 12:18pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/320 second
ISO 200
27 mm