This is Castle Campbell, a somewhat spooky place originally called "Castle Glume", and was the chief lowland stronghold of the Campbell clan, upon whose members the successive titles of Earl, Marquis and Duke of Argyll were bestowed. It lies at the head of Dollar Glen, above the little town of Dollar in Clackmannanshire, the smallest county in Scotland.
The earliest parts of the castle date from the 13th Century and various parts were added over the years. It was finally sacked by the Scots in 1654 in retaliation for Argyll's support of Cromwell. Those who stayed at the castle included John Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle is now cared for by Historic Scotland and you can read more about it here.
Yesterday, when I visited this place, is was rather dull and there were also extensive restoration works being done on the east wall with lots of scaffolding. The best vantage point appeared to be this one, taken from the north and with trees and brushwood largely blocking the view of the scaffolding.
As I say, this picture was originally very dull and so I thought a little experiment was in order. I have downloaded the free image-editing tool "Oloneo" and so I decided to have a little play around with that. I think this programme, which is still in beta stage, could prove very useful: I have to confess that I have not had a deal of time to study it in detail - that's something for the future.
No doubt because I used "Oloneo", the exif data has disappeared. This was taken at ISO 100 at f/8 and 1/50 sec, converted from RAW to TIFF in ACR in Photoshop Elements 6, "played around with" in Oloneo then, in PSE6, resized and converted to JPEG.
Thank you for looking. All comments/critiques/advice are very welcome!
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ingvar (2088) 2011-03-29 4:20
Your POV is very special, dear John!
From the foreground with a cut tree through the brambles and you can see the castle!
I really like this composition, very artistic!
The historical note is very interesting!
Have a nice day!
Sergiom (64083) 2011-03-29 5:01
Le point de vue est assez étonnant et on se demande si tu veux mettre en valeur les arbustes ou le château. Il y a un peu trop d'informations.
delpeoples (54185) 2012-02-16 3:40
Ah the evil Clan Campbell. Aren't we supposed to spit before saying that name? Your note is fascinating and the castle is just intriguing, it absolutely draws us in, especially as seen through the trees. It's almost like we're spying on it/ Beautiful colours, how did you find the software? And have you at tried the Nik Efex? Especially the Graduated Filter and the Colour Contrast masks. I use the Grad filter on nearly everything. Anyway, thanks for sharing, have a happy day. Are you back to the salt mines now?
PS: Took the pressie for a run this afternoon, wow, I can't believe I put off buying one for so long.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21150)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-28
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP AF, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-29 3:40