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Castel del monte .
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The great castle built by Frederick ll, on which lie the mysterious legends.
Built around 1250 AD.
Located in southern Italy, in a town called Andria in the Puglia region.

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bar on the left is the translation in all languages.
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I must admit that I saw this and immediately fell in love with it! I knew that I had to do a critique..but what could I say about it that would be useful?

Then I hit on it! It is dark and gloomy, and the castle turrets both slant inwards due to perspective. Wouldn't it be good if the whole gamut of light to dark was covered, instead of being 'mainly on the dark side', and the castle was viewed 'from the front' and not underneath? I fiddled around with it using GIMP and came up with this [link] ..and I think that you will all agree that this is....

...atrocious in comparison to the sheer power of Cristian's image. It is the doom and gloom that make it haunting, and the perspective that makes it imposing. Serves me right for trying to be smart! So 11/10 for atmosphere and impact!

If I have a criticism at all, (and you can hear me scaping the bottom of the barrel here), it is with the clouds. Firstly, they are very blurred, and secondly, the right side clouds look like they are in some way both 'fake' and 'flimsy'.

If the intent is to make the castle imposing, then, according to the 'horror film' rulebook, the whole sky would look better if covered with heavy storm cloud. If this is truly a photomanip, it might be worth looking at replacing the cloudy sky with a much more 'stormy sky'. I think that the effect of this would turn this remarkable image into something truly amazing.

On the whole, I think that this is an image worthy of praise, and I am glad that the artist has featured it in my group! Well done Cristian...I would welcome more of these!
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I like the concept that you were going for here but the way it was enacted was a bit off.

The Castle
I don't like pointing out inaccurate moments between art and history because art and history don't always line up or go hand in hand. But I have to say that castle's were traditionally more like defensive places. They were meant to be defensive and offensive so they would look a lot like what you have put up but also would have battlements and be flying the flag of the noble who resided in them. Your castle looks more like a church or a modern convention center made to look like a middle ages building. I notice this a photomanipulation though so is this a photo of the actual castle?

Lighting
I don't quite understand it. The right side of the castle is lite better than the left but the sky seems to be lighter on the left than the right despite the clouds. I think this could be fixed with a slight reflection action.

Other than the lighting and the castle there's nothing wrong or off about this photo. The way only a slight corner of the grass is lite and actually glows adds to the gloomy air and I'm in love with that patch of sky on the right. I just love that shade of blue in a sky. Nice pick of resources.
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PhotoComix2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
bellissima immagine

il divieto per lavori derivati devo prenderlo letteralmente ?

Mi piacerebbe molto come background ..non so ancora per cosa ma mi ha colpito
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grazie mille :D
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PhotoComix2 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
piacere mio
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Rickyalma Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
interesting,looks awesome!!!
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great photo ... I really love it.
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
youre welcome
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D for your support :heart:
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grazie a tutti per il vostro supporto! :heart:
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! How'd you like to heat that place? What a grand photo, I love the effect you used on this! :iconthumbsupplz: :iconheart4plz:
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D:hug:
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chillin51 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work cristian=D
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Man :D
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chillin51 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome=D
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Patrick2011 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
fabulous work my friend :wow::clap:
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much !
:D im honored.
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Parolin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
molto carina...oltre alla tecnica HDR...il cielo l'hai messo dopo giusto?Sembrano diversi cieli montati tra di loro, che strano ^_^ ... Molto carino come effetto finale ^_^
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Si infatti !
Mi sono divertito un p....
Comunque il cielo uno solo.
????come hai fatto a vedere le angolazioni della stessa foto su i tre livelli di immagine...ancora non me lo spiego . sei un Grande!
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Parolin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Cosa intendi per angolazioni della stessa foto? Del cielo te lo chiedo perch in alcuni punti ho notato delle "sbavature" dovute ad una maschera molto probabilmente, sul torrione frontale sinistro :P scusa ma mi piace analizzare le immagini per capire come replicare gli effetti ;)... ancora complimenti comunque :)
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
le foto sono tre ,ho lasciato la canon su un cavalletto per quattro ore ,cos da ottenere un hdr quasi giusto.....il fatto che non sono molto bravo nel manipolare foto come fanno i professionisti.
Io giocherello solo un p con photoshop(anzi adesso non lo uso quasi pi ,perch uso solo software opensource)
Non sono ne un fotografo n tanto meno un grande appassionato di fotoritocco,mi diverto pi a disegnare icone e cavolate varie....tanto per me solo un passatempo.
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Parolin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
An ok.. ora ho capito cosa inendi :)...io manipolo fotografie e insegno photoshop per lavoro per quello ho capito come pi o meno hai giocato con l'immagine...devo dire che anche se lo fai solo per passatempo i risultati si vedono ;) bravo davvero :)
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
grazie :D visto il tuo lavoro , un gran complimento :hug:
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MIATARI Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
what software did you used?
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
photoshop cs5
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caska1979 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Bellissima questa... l'hai fatta in HDR?
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
si ..ho usato tre scatti con luce diversa
e poi gi con Photoscioccccccccccc!
Hei ma ti piace sul serio?
Eppure sai che dopo averla postata ho trovato un sacco di difetti....!Va b piaciuta ad un bel p di gente.:D
Grazie per il complimento.
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caska1979 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Ma come, non usi gimp??? :o
Si, mi piace sul serio, senn non l'avrei detto.
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Non sempre....
Photoshop stato il mio software di grafica.
L'ho trovato installato sul vecchio(be' vecchio ma il mio gioiellino) Mac g4.Me l'ho ha svenduto mio cuggino ,8 anni f.
Gimp lo uso da pochissimo (due anni).
comunque mi hai scoperto.....(incosciamente lo hai fatto!)ho installato una copia di photoshop su linux.
Come ho fatto?
semplice entrando su una macchina windows (era di u cliente )ho esportato la cartella originale del programma gi installato ,l'ho resa portable e con il mio amico Wine e una dll winzozz,l'ho installata sul Pinguino.Usata solo 3 volte ...e me ne vergogno:rofl:
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caska1979 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Credevo che usassi Windows virtualizzato con Virtualbox...

Ma se continui a usare Windows, non ti parlo pi... hahaha! :9
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no. uso linux e qualche volta Mac (come ti ho detto prima un vecchio G4 con processore
Power...non intel)windows c' l'ho installato su una macchina e lo devo per forza usare per lavoro.
:( perch non mi parli pi :(... cacchio non trovo nessuna faccina che piange !!!
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caska1979 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Perch sotto sotto, i Linuxiani sono pi "fighetti" di quelli che usano Windows...
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nooooooo:D
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burano Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Bellissimo questo scatto!
E se te lo dice un pugliese... :D
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grazie mille..
credo di aver tirato un p la mano con Photoscoppppppppp!
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burano Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
N.......a stento si vede :P
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheheheheh :D
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jey-steell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
wow! beautiful work!
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all fav :D
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onomassoni Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Awesome photomanip!
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all fav :D
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Renco08 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work Cristian :clap:
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Lucifer-II Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
What a beautiful castle :)
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :D
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inkmlab Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Adoro Castel del Monte
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
veramente un posto fantastico.
Ci sei mai stato?
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inkmlab Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lo vedo dalla finestra di casa :D e vorrei tornare con la mia nuova nikon :date:
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow abiti li vicino?
bene allora siamocorregionali :D
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LemurianWanderer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Amazing shot!
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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