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The Market Place in the centre of old Alnwick has recently been furnished with some elaborate seating made mostly of wrought iron. Each bench is decorated individually with representations of fruits and flowers, musical instruments and other attractive objects. One of them, with a nod to the town's ancient history, is in the form of a Viking longship with this dramatic dragon prow. I believe the idea for the design came from a school.

Mrswoolybill and I both tried to photograph the various seats and benches; due to the shapes and sizes, and more particularly to the fussy background which at the time of our visit emphasised waste bins and delivery vehicles inconveniently placed, only this one of mine was usable. Mrswoolybill assisted me in post-capture by demonstrating the use of the Impressionist Brush on the background; I didn't even know it existed.

The Red-eye stays !!!!!

40mm, 1/320th sec. @ f4.5, ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Dragon
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:12 Apr 2008 - 8:36 AM
Tags:Alnwick, Bench, Digitally manipulated, Dragon prow, Longship, Market place, Northumberland, Specialist / abstract
Votes:50

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
12 Apr 2008 - 8:40 AM

Excellent shot Bill and great work on the background.Very strong image !!.
Cheers
Alan

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danbrann
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12 Apr 2008 - 8:46 AM

First time I have ever seen red eye enhance an image.

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
12 Apr 2008 - 8:51 AM

excellent gros plan [and bg Wink] !
too bad you don't have more of this dragon & photos of the other seats & benches : really interesting
love the red eyes Smile

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 8:52 AM

Pascal - we had gone there to meet someone, photography was only a secondary consideration. I'm making plans for when the weather improves.

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 9:01 AM

I'm sure there is a anti-red eye falsh function LOL, I thought it was odd boke from the 18-70 till I read the description, nice use!

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 9:13 AM

Good DOF

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 - 9:21 AM

Quirky shot, it scared me for a moment.
Mavis

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 9:27 AM

Dramatic bench, would be an interesting find in the middle of the night.

All the very best
Dougie

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cheesey
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12 Apr 2008 - 10:07 AM

Great shot, well captured.
Cheesey.

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GaryBooth
GaryBooth  634 forum posts England
12 Apr 2008 - 10:59 AM

Cracking shot...

have you tried the red eye reduction.LOL

Gary

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 11:48 AM

The touch of red around the border brings out the red eye to perfection. I'm very impressed with the impressionist background too.
Sandra

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 12:03 PM

The red eye is great, as is the use of the impressionist brush which I must have a play with sometime.

Best Matt

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
12 Apr 2008 - 12:05 PM

Lovely detail, great red eye stands out, lovely joint effort the background is fab.

Nicky

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 12:10 PM

love that, wish we had more of this kind of usable art in cambidge...love the b'g too,
ian

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Apr 2008 - 1:47 PM

Nice shot Bill, love the red eye, looking at that tongue must be a female dragon,
Fred.

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Mavis
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12 Apr 2008 - 2:39 PM

Must hve taken some making . Like the background . very dramatic xx

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Andree_Borrel
12 Apr 2008 - 2:58 PM

Yup can be a bit of an eyesore, even the first Grand National Fence had the ambulance in front of the camera

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 3:02 PM

Very cool capture. Love that red eye looking at us.
Ty

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 3:20 PM

Superb capture.
Bob

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pamelajean
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12 Apr 2008 - 3:36 PM

Cor,I'd have a wonderful time at this venue, and I am sure you will too when you return. I like the dragon, its red eye, and especially your treatment of the background.

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Bodiewil
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12 Apr 2008 - 3:51 PM

Whoops Mother in law....Wink great spot and capture Bill

Dave

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proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
12 Apr 2008 - 3:52 PM

so worth a large view, you have done well with the brush on the background too.

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 7:49 PM

Good one Bill.
Never seen a background done this way, good idea.

Robert

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paulb20
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12 Apr 2008 - 8:12 PM

That red eye certainly stares you down,nice job on the background Bill.
Paul

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jonny_greentree

Superb capture. Really love the eye

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brownsilent
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12 Apr 2008 - 9:46 PM

Excellent manip of the background, lets the main object stand out nicely.
Jo

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Rende
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12 Apr 2008 - 11:28 PM

Beautiful detail and great eye. That 'impressionist brush' is new to me too Bill, but it has a nice effect.
P.S. It looks like we were cross-commenting; while I wrote the above you were commenting on mine Wink
Regards,
Rende

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12 Apr 2008 - 11:48 PM

Nice little details in these I bet Bill.Like the ''glowing'' eye.Full of little shapes in the wrought iron.You will have to return in 20 years to capture some nice rust as well.!!!
Mick.

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 12:13 AM

Excellent image Bill; great detail, love the little grin and the fantasy shimmer of the background seems fitting and isolates the head well
Tim

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13 Apr 2008 - 12:58 AM

I love tge dragon and how you finished the bg! Must look for the Impressionist brush!

Jennnn

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Hop-A-Long
14 Apr 2008 - 8:15 PM

Great shot Bill. Love the eye.
Andy

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