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Never been a fan of this new fad for calling areas of cities "quarters".

It's a bit like calling a photo shoot a "workshop", just a little pretentious. Workshops are where you weld things together or chop up wood and come out with a chair, and quarters are a 25% of a whole thing.

The exchange quarter is nowhere near 1/4 of Leeds, and neither is the Victoria Quarter and nor is the Northern Quarter of Manchester 25% of that city centre..

Anyway, this is the Corn Exchange area where a good few years ago, the Town House, Fudge and Pitcher and Piano used to be the hub of Leeds' night life, you'd walk on a beach of broken glass from one bar to another, pushing through a blend of rugby types and chavs to get your next over priced drink in a bar with little personality.

I'm sure Dan Pearson has a few stories from down here anyway Smile

Leeds has moved on now, this area is now a lot quieter and a nicer place to go - and as you can see pretty quiet at 5:45 on a tuesday evening in October.

This is 3 shots over 6 stops, blended in photomatix and straightened up a little in Photoshop.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:canon 17-40
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Exchange Quarter
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:25 Oct 2007 - 7:55 PM
Tags:Architecture, Cafe rouge, Corn exchange, Leeds, Listed building, Townhouse, Waterloo house
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User_Removed
25 Oct 2007 - 8:03 PM

Like this Ade...

Nice piece of work.

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simplylove14
25 Oct 2007 - 8:07 PM

I really like it! would you mind sharing with me where you got that font? thanks...

Peter

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vickifrance
25 Oct 2007 - 8:07 PM

Lovely HDR image. Super color and comp.

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SpeedAltStar
25 Oct 2007 - 8:11 PM

Nice shot. Looks kind of frontier townish.

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peg  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2007 - 8:12 PM

Smashing when viewed large.

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TripleDshake34
25 Oct 2007 - 8:13 PM

Incredible image. Kinda makes me dizzy to look at. Nevertheless great shot

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014838 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2007 - 8:14 PM

cheers folks, one I took whilst trying to get an interesting shot of the corn exchange - typically its loads better than any of the exchange. that's covered in posters and garlands ;-(

the font's off a disk a mate gave me, called vincent's hand I think.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014838 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2007 - 8:14 PM

crikey - that's some mod. What is Mod Clarify? not heard of that?

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crimp  7 England
25 Oct 2007 - 8:32 PM

Nice shot, Well done!
Kelly

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HarryStan
HarryStan  950 forum posts Australia
25 Oct 2007 - 10:21 PM

Good shot Ade, love the straight buildings. The streaky cloud almost looks like smoke from the chimney, except it isn't and its off to one side - youknowwhatImean Smile

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csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2007 - 10:22 PM

If it were me, and bearing in mind I know nothing about landscapes or cityscapes, I would have cropped the part of building on the left hand side. I keep finding it draws my eye away from the subject.

Otherwise I like it, and I also like the not 100% correction of the lens distortion.

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wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 1:23 AM

Excellent blending in Photomatix. But you had a solid photo to start with. Glad to be 30th.

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NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 3:06 AM

Nice work.

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culturedcanvas
26 Oct 2007 - 4:28 AM

Indeed .. Chris who owns Town House used to have the Harry Ford clothing stores in the Corn Ex and VIctoria Qtr ... before selling up, taking a second mortgage and doing a refurb to create the town house. Which at the time cost well in excess of 1 million. Despite Leslie Ash and Chapmans private members bar, teatro, the Townhouse came to be Leeds' must be seen place.

Cafe Rouge used to do a fab belgian fish stew too though I used to spend more of my time in the nearby Pizza Express. The town house did have a 3rd floor restaurant for a while before it was converted to more bar space but it was the doyen of Leeds bars with 25-30K possible in takings on a friday and saturday night respectively.

Once again another area always popular with the local red light workers ... not that I would know anything about that of course ..... but I expect they still roam the streets in droves.

Incidentally the corn ex used to have one of the best bonsai stands in the country in there but Im told the old guy has retired now and his grandson no longer continues the business .....

There go the ramblings of a mad man on belgian ale .... Wink

Last Modified By culturedcanvas at 26 Oct 2007 - 4:30 AM

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26 Oct 2007 - 10:16 AM

Superb Ade

Les F

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014838 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 10:32 AM

Thought you'd have been there at some point Dan Smile

More of a North Bar fan myself, a little classier, better beer, you can talk to the person next to you and you're never quite sure what the soundtrack to the night will be... .it was 30's black blues one night, that was a laugh!

I see what you mean Cheryl, you do get dragged down there a little - the reason for the inclusion is to give some space around the building really. If you crop off much more of the left, it starts looking like it's crammed in a little.

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 10:42 AM

Like the colours and details in this - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
How was the gig?

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014838 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 10:43 AM

the gig's tonight... in the Lion at Castleford.... which is THE biker's pub of Cass so we feel a little pressured not to screw up!!

cheers

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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 11:52 AM

Wow - i'm blown away by your PF - stunning image - JudeC

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014838 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 12:10 PM

Cheers Jude - on a Leeds mission at the moment Smile

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27 Oct 2007 - 7:41 AM

Great HDR, works well

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Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2007 - 9:02 AM

well done on the HC ade mate
Vibrant is this one
Dave

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