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photoblog image Closed for the winter

Closed for the winter

 

Looked a nice bright day, plenty of sunshine on Thursday morning so I though a run up the coast to Blackpool was in order to catch a good sunset. Unfortunately a cloud bank rolled in from the Irish Sea so it was a bit of a disappointment. Managed a few pictures though. Almost everywhere on the front was closed, cold and no Toasties, a bit of a disappointment.

Tried a HDR from three images to bring out some detail then finished it off in Photoshop, seemed to work.

Closed for the winter

 

Looked a nice bright day, plenty of sunshine on Thursday morning so I though a run up the coast to Blackpool was in order to catch a good sunset. Unfortunately a cloud bank rolled in from the Irish Sea so it was a bit of a disappointment. Managed a few pictures though. Almost everywhere on the front was closed, cold and no Toasties, a bit of a disappointment.

Tried a HDR from three images to bring out some detail then finished it off in Photoshop, seemed to work.

comments (16)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:45
Good looking HDR!
Les Auld: Thanks Martin, sometimes HDR works, sometimes they don't, fortunately this one did.
Oh! Les! This is very good. I like very much! smile
Les Auld: Glad you like it Jose.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 02:28
Bravo to you, Les, for doing HDR. I like the look it gives this lonely place.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, on a summers day there would be crowds of people around here but I kind of like the deserted look.
Nice subtle HDR old thing, just stumbling into the world of Tonemapping, first one up tomorrow. Blackpool seems to be a snapper magnet at the mo!
Les Auld: Look forward to seeing some HDRs from you Max. I've been meaning to try Blackpool for a while and finally managed an hour or so.
Bit techie for me this HDR business and I don't always like the results, but what you've done here is subtle and effective. Blackpool seems to be one of the most photographed places on SC. Is there a reason?
Les Auld: It is to easy to go over the top with HDRs Ian, one of the reasons I then us Phtoshop to get a more subtle finish. Thanks for the Comment.
  • Aussie
  • on 5 fabulous days off work.
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:09
Hehe Blackpool and you didn't get a shot of Max Black.
Nice result from your processing, I really like it.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, perhaps even Max would not brave the cold and the damp.
  • mick
  • ENGLAND
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:09
nice bit of hdr les,how did you get passed all the security checks the fylde coast huggers set up to stop other photographers getting into blackpool,we must up security.
Les Auld: Had to disguise myself as a tourist and creep in through the back ways. Thanks for the comment Mick.
And a likey again my friend !!!!
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb appreciate the comment.
This is wonderful! You can expect to wait several more years before I start to attempt anything so complicated. lol!
Les Auld: Took about twenty minutes and was not too difficult, give it a try Rosalyn, you may be surprised.
Great shot. We can feel the sadness of a deserted holiday resort
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, I feel a theme coming on "Seasides out of season". Perhaps others around the coast can contribute as well.
  • Sven
  • Finland
  • 16 Nov 2007, 10:30
Nice shot. The HDR works here really well. Doesn't look overprocessed.
Les Auld: Thanks Sven, I had to do a bit of work in PS to tone it down but the effort was worth it.
Very nice composition. i like the colours too.
Les Auld: Thanks Gishan, glad you like it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:42
Excellent - showcase type HDR
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, it just seemed to come together this time.
Lovely sky in this image and the stationary wheel and closed cafe give a great evocation of the British seaside out of season. Wonderful.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, I like the out of season idea so expect a few more between now and next Easter, just need a bit of forward planning.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Nov 2007, 21:59
This one certainly did work, it's fantastic!

(and not a no smoking sign in sight!)
Les Auld: Blackpool, home of the smoking rebellion on the golden Mile. Thanks for the comment Ellie.
Good work, Les. 'Out of season' Blackpool is a photographers paradise, as you've discovered!!
Les Auld: How true David, I'll certainly be back it I can get across the border again. Thanks for the comment.

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