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The thingy on the front

 

There are a number of pieces of public art along the Blackpool seafront, especially at the southern end of the town, this is just one of them. Two large pieces of metal rusting away quietly.

This is another HDr but this time I used the MAxBlack method of creating five seperate files from a single RAW file and then combining them in PhotoMatix, with some post processing in Photoshop. A bit of Diffuse Glow then reduced the harshness a touch.

Considering the picture was taken by precariously balancing the camera on top of a handrail and hoping for a miracle then it is not too bad. The HDR has brought out quite a bit of detail from a very dark original.

The thingy on the front

 

There are a number of pieces of public art along the Blackpool seafront, especially at the southern end of the town, this is just one of them. Two large pieces of metal rusting away quietly.

This is another HDr but this time I used the MAxBlack method of creating five seperate files from a single RAW file and then combining them in PhotoMatix, with some post processing in Photoshop. A bit of Diffuse Glow then reduced the harshness a touch.

Considering the picture was taken by precariously balancing the camera on top of a handrail and hoping for a miracle then it is not too bad. The HDR has brought out quite a bit of detail from a very dark original.

comments (9)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2007, 02:01
Your "playing around" is to be commended, Les. I like what you're achieving. But then, I'm a real fan of HDR!
Les Auld: Glad you like it Ginnie, I don't think this is one of my best though.
  • Aussie
  • on 5 fabulous days off work.
  • 19 Nov 2007, 03:31
Nice processing, lovely shot, I like the sky, it contrasts with the art piece beautifully.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, appreciate the comment.
impressive sculpture really !
Les Auld: It is quite large, I think it looks better at night when lit up as well. Appreciate the comment Zeb.
I like this `thingy` very much. Interesting sculpture and a beautiful capture. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Rosalyn, the thingy does grow on you.
Very unusual sculpture and I like the lighting.
Les Auld: Thanks Bernie, it certainly looks better with the lighting on it.
The sculpture draws you in but I'm not sure I like it that much. Reminds me of Pacman.

I know nothing abour HDR, Photomatrix, photoshot or any post processing, but it impresses me that you can get detail from a very dark original. I would like that sometimes.
Les Auld: Thanks Mary, HDR is not too dificult with the right software but it does take a bit of time to master, i'm not quite there yet.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Nov 2007, 19:01
Basically a great composition, but not as good a picture compared with your other HDR's I have seen so far - the paving and surrounding area seems soft - it may be the result of the balancing act. The sculpture has halo's all around it - contrasting in the process?
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, I agree with your comments, the halo is down to using the Diffuse Glow filter in PS, I think I have worked out how to reduce the effect since I did this, definately not one of my best though.
The "Thingy" is known as "Desire" although you can't tell from this angle, quite an interesting one I might say, the semi-circular cut out you can see is the mirror image of a similar one in the other side. When you look at them straight on they make the shape of a heart. A t a certain time of the day the sculpture casts a shadow with a heart shaped image on the ground.
You can see such a version here http://www.digiphotology.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Desire/

I have to say Les this is an view you don't often see and is well taken
Les Auld: Thanks for the details about the thingy, like your take on it as well, just another picture for when I'm next in Blackpool. Apprecate the comment Alistair.
I like the sculpture - seems right for the place - and also the image. Subtle processing.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, I think it looks a bit lonely on the prom surrounded by lots of space, appreciate the comment.

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