E.J.Wilkins

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Sintra


Byron's Steps (Escadinhas Lord Byron)


These steps are named after Byron because he spent a lot of time in Sintra, which he called "This glorious Eden".

I took this picture last summer and edited it not long after.

I would be interested in opinions ... and tips re mono conversion please, because on my screen the white now looks a bit too bright.

Thanks.
.....

Will be back home from our holiday very soon - we've had some wonderful weather and eaten some superb Portuguese food.

I hope to catch up with your pictures and reply to comments within the next 48 hours.
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Sintra


Byron's Steps (Escadinhas Lord Byron)


These steps are named after Byron because he spent a lot of time in Sintra, which he called "This glorious Eden".

I took this picture last summer and edited it not long after.

I would be interested in opinions ... and tips re mono conversion please, because on my screen the white now looks a bit too bright.

Thanks.
.....

Will be back home from our holiday very soon - we've had some wonderful weather and eaten some superb Portuguese food.

I hope to catch up with your pictures and reply to comments within the next 48 hours.
.

comments (23)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Aug 2009, 00:26
I think the tones here are crisp smile
EJWilkins: Yes, crisp is a good word. Thanks smile
It's a fine image. The whites are bright, but not oppressively so.
EJWilkins: Thanks, that's reassuring
Nice shot ! It's interesting. I like it.
EJWilkins: There are lots and lots of interesting nooks and crannies in Sintra, it's a lovely town
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 5 Aug 2009, 02:06
Looks good to me Ellie, perhaps more contrast and drop the exposure a tad, playing is half the fun
EJWilkins: I tried more contrast, but it made the white even brighter sad
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Aug 2009, 02:23
Maybe more contrast would tone down the whites, Ellie? But I know what you mean...when I second-guess something. Someone usually will tell me what I should have done!

Safe travels back home. So glad you could be on holiday!
EJWilkins: A short break with all of us together, which doesn't happen very often these days, so it was nice smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Aug 2009, 03:30
The white is very white, Ellie, but not to the point of inflicting pain...in fact it seems to accentuate the multitude of textures in the other parts of the image.

I like it.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Ray
  • Kay
  • Portland...finally cooling off
  • 5 Aug 2009, 03:51
Ellie, I'm glad you're having a great holiday. I can't wait to see your pictures.

Re: the picture above, everyone's monitor resolution is different. On mine, it's not too bright. I love the monotone conversion.
EJWilkins: You'll have to wait a while to see any of the pictures I took, backlog of things including the garden ... again!

Good point about things looking different on other monitors. Hadn't thought of that
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Aug 2009, 08:41
It's a fine composition Ellie but it is bright on mine too. I usually prefer coolour...
EJWilkins: The colour image looked fine, but some of the detail was lost. I usually prefer colour too. smile
(i love sintra, is one of the most romantic places in portugal!)
well, that picture is not a reflection, but a long exposure, a silly experience who turned out well tongue
it was taken in avenida dos aliados, you've certainly been there wink
i'm glad you had nice weather and food wink
EJWilkins: We like Sintra too, and haven't yet managed to see all of its' treasures.

Thanks for the information about your picture from Porto. smile
I like this Ellie, and it's making me feel homesick for Spain, as I potter around England.

Can't help you with tips for conversion, but on my screen this shot looks perfect.
EJWilkins: You'll be back soon Sheila smile
I like the black and white version Ellie ... maybe if you had cropped out a little of the top you might have reduced the white influence quite a lot .
richard
EJWilkins: Good idea about a further crop, but I was worried about the door in the background. I wonder if it would have mattered if it wasn't all included?
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 5 Aug 2009, 11:16
The whites are very white the rest of the photo has so much texture to encouage the eye away from the white wall.I like it Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks, that's encouraging smile
  • kimera
  • Spain
  • 5 Aug 2009, 11:58
i miss the bike passing by.... good lines...
EJWilkins: I don't know if anybody would dare to ride a bike on these streets, they're very steep
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 5 Aug 2009, 13:11
Lovely conversion, nice tones.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Aussie
The centre section of the steps is great Ellie in tone and shape. The white is to a point not in your control, a bit more contrast might help or slightly "burn" the white in to knock the brightness off it.
EJWilkins: I don't really understand the "burn" and whatever the opposite is called, shows a lack of experience doesn't it?
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 5 Aug 2009, 18:48
Love how you've framed this Ellie, straight lines, balanced out by the curving stairway rail. The b&w adds to it, too. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!
EJWilkins: We did enjoy our break, thanks Mia.
There is some good solid black but perhaps the white is a touch lacking in detail. Love the composition though
EJWilkins: Exactly so about the white, but some of it was newly painted so there wasn't even a speck of mildew.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Aug 2009, 20:11
I agree with most of the others that this picture is fine as far as the whites are concerned. The winding steps and railings provide some xtra spice.

Watch you e-mailbox for the procedures that you may want to look at. The file is a bit big, but probably worth it.
EJWilkins: Still planning to spend a lot of time reading that email Louis. Promise I'll do it soon.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 5 Aug 2009, 21:40
Did you have some grilled sardines? and a nice time,i hope you have had the camera working overtime? And i will look forward to seeing some of the results in the near future.
EJWilkins: Of course we had some sardines smile And some sea bass, and some lovely steak and ...
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 9 Aug 2009, 06:01
The whites are a litte too bright, but not so much that it distracts too much from the image.

A trick I was taught was to turn the image upside down, and if your eye goes the white areas, then they are too bright and distracting. I haven't done this with your image as I gave up Yoga sooooo long a ago smile
EJWilkins: That's a good tip, thanks Brian. Thing is, if the whites were more muted they would look underexposed. I'm not sure how to deal with that effectively.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Aug 2009, 18:12
This to me is a great picture, the tones are wonderful and the white walls do frame the stairs perfectly.
Please take your time with replying, I am even more slow than you....2 weeks... sad
EJWilkins: I'm catching up slowly Astrid, although I think I'll give up trying to reply to earlier comments as I don't really have the time.
Very nice composition and framing that really leads the eye into the picture. The whites are great - if anything I would have burnt the midtones to increase the contrast a bit without reducing the highlights. Great capture.
EJWilkins: I'm learning about dodging and burning, something I've never yet tried because I do as little editing as possible. It'll be interesting to experiment and see what else I could achieve with this picture with a bit of help from technology.
Looks good to me, I like the shot, lines/curves/patterns all work.

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