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The tower at Blackpool

 

If you go to Blackpool then you have to take a photograph of the tower, it is mandatory that you do this. This view is from the North Pier, I actually wanted to take the view from under the pier but the tide was in and I did not fancy getting wet.

HDR from three exposures, I think the colours are a bit off but then I like it with the setting sun lighting the buildings but leaving the top of the tower in a bit of shadow. The crane is where they are building the new sea wall and the pier is Central Pier, closed for the winter.

The tower at Blackpool

 

If you go to Blackpool then you have to take a photograph of the tower, it is mandatory that you do this. This view is from the North Pier, I actually wanted to take the view from under the pier but the tide was in and I did not fancy getting wet.

HDR from three exposures, I think the colours are a bit off but then I like it with the setting sun lighting the buildings but leaving the top of the tower in a bit of shadow. The crane is where they are building the new sea wall and the pier is Central Pier, closed for the winter.

comments (14)

  • mick
  • ENGLAND
  • 18 Nov 2007, 00:32
spot on les ,nice clouds coming in,think you better join the gang.
Les Auld: Thanks for th invite Mick.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 18 Nov 2007, 01:16
I can see that that tower HAS to be photographed, Les, and I can see that you are getting the HDR down pat. Lots of interesting stuff to see here.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, glad you like it.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 18 Nov 2007, 06:39
Water, clouds, a tower, a crane, and a ferriswheel combined with great colors and lighting..what more could you ask for!
Les Auld: Would love a bit of snow as well, Thanks Kathryn.
Looks good to me Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, twenty twenty vision then.
Funny ... I never knew Blackpool had a tower;-). The declining day looks good to me as well. richard.
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, the Blackpool elves built it one fine night.
Love the gentle, setting sun light in this one, Les. (:o)
Les Auld: Appreciate the comment Rosalyn, I was not too sure about the colours but they seem to grow on me.
Wonderful picture, very nice to spend time looking at details : Hat off !!
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, only it was too cold to take my hat off.
Very nice shot. There are so many details to look at
Les Auld: Thansk Richard, appreciate the comment.
Looks goood Les. Question about HDR if I may. Why do you have to take 3 shots? How does the seagull make it if he is only in the same place in one of them? Or do you just bracket the shot? Can't you shoot in raw, wait till you get home then change the ev down for one copy, up for another and then combine with the original? Hmm loks like 4 questions - but only one really ;o)
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, Questions no problems, as to answer I can only try.

1 The three shots were bracket exposures + and - 2 stops, the most my camera can take in one go. So the seagull did not move too much and Photomatix can attempt to minimise movement when it produces the HDR.

2 I can, and have done, a single Raw saved with different exposures but I prefer to do it in camera if possible. Althouh really I should use a tripd for multiple exposures.

Glad you liked it as well.
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 18 Nov 2007, 10:33
Well worked on the HDR Les, looks very natural.
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, just fiddled about with the settings to get the result.
The ferris wheel is what makes it for me as it's such an unusual site.....a ferris wheel on a pier. Hmmm.
Les Auld: Thanks Mary, I've never seen one on a pier before either, although there are probably some.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 18 Nov 2007, 18:12
Lovely, I like the colours as they are. The scene .. a classic smile
Les Auld: Glad you like it Ellie.
HDRs are not everyone's cup of tea but I love 'em!! Must try more myself as I do have the sofware. Would also like to venture up north and take some shots of the Tower and other attractions myself - there needs to be more days in the calendar!!Mike
Les Auld: Thankd Michael, I know HDRs are not everyones cup of tea, and not all images suit them either. But they are interesting to do. I have not yet had the courage to submit one for our photographic club competition yet though.
lovely stuff Les, Blackpool has never looked that nice when iv been,lol.
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, I quiet like it out of season, especially to photograph without people.

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