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Castel del monte by ilnanny Castel del monte by ilnanny
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.

wikipedia :[link]
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?

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
ilnanny Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grazie mille :D
PhotoComix2 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
piacere mio
Rickyfutureblast Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
interesting,looks awesome!!!
ilnanny Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
Topas2012 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great photo ... I really love it.
ilnanny Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
Topas2012 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
youºre welcome
ilnanny Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D for your support :heart:
ilnanny Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grazie a tutti per il vostro supporto! :heart:
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