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Photographer's Note

Today I offer you a proposition, will you trade me your blue sky for my blue boat?

Blue skies were a rare occurrence during my trip to Ireland. Fortunately I learned to love the gray skies. Plus, the predominantly gray and white skies offered many opportunities to practice using the graduated color filters to even up the exposure.

On this particular shot I used a 2 stop ND graduated color filter and since there was a slight mist, I also had my singh-ray warming polarizer on to saturate the wet greens. In spite of my efforts to get the exposure reasonably balanced in the field, i still needed to tweak the highlights and shadows considerably in PP.

Tower houses like the one pictured dot the country-side of Ireland as there are nearly 1000 of them altogether. Some of them are abandoned and in poor shape. But others like this one have been loving maintained so that you can actually walk in and climb the stairs to the upper stories. This one here had 5 stories to it.

These houses were generally built for defensive purposes as well as habitation. The construction of tower houses began in the early fifteenth century and lasted until the end of the sixteenth century when they were replaced by fortified houses and stronghouses.

One last thing. I had hoped to experiment with doing one of those selective color images where the rest of the scene is B&W but the boat remains blue. I think this image would lend itself well to it. But atlas I do not have the Photoshop skills just yet to do it well. But if you do, please take an attempt and show me the possibilities.

Regards,
Doug

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Additional Photos by Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 55 N: 835] (2860)
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