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Ancient Britain

By martinl  
This was a shot taken whilst on holiday in Malta.

We had a walk round Rabat which is Gozo's capital. Some lovely quiet and quaint backstreets to wander around.

I was somewhat surprised to come across this scene with an old Mini of a certain vintage just parked up!! Love stuff like this.

Taken hand held, I made 3 exposures from the one frame (2 stops under, metered and 2 stops over) in Lightroom, and then processed as HDR in Photomatix Pro 3. Finished off in CS3 using several B & W layers with different blending modes and opacities.

Probably not very EPZ friendly,but I like this kind of stuff, just don't usually see it!!


Have also uploaded the original JPEG for you to compare with.

Tags: Transport Mini Digitally manipulated Malta Gozo Horror Rabat Landscape and travel Amazing what you find Hdr shock

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BradUK 13 553 3 England
13 May 2008 7:31PM
Strong colours and more importantly for me, not looking over-processed

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kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 7:36PM
perfect processing & presentation IMHO
love the shot
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 7:39PM
Thanks you 2, and the silent clickers! Much appreciated, as it's not my usual fare, so glad it appeals to someone other than me!
rowarrior 10 4.4k 9 Scotland
13 May 2008 7:40PM
Great find, love peering down odd alleys! Like the processed version as you've removed the overpowering yellow cast on the original
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
13 May 2008 7:47PM
Like it too mate, but those verticals could do with a tickle Wink
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 7:52PM
Thank you.
I know Paul, but I'm just crap at doing them, and end up making them worse. I have tried with this one but can't get them right.
ian.daisley 13 96 6 England
13 May 2008 8:08PM
Martin. A great image and a well worked end result. Just becasue you don't think it's epz friendly, doesn't mean you shouldn't post it for the rest of us to enjoy. Ref. Pauls comment, I think it just needs a slight rotation to the left.

Cheers, Ian.
nefaman 12 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 9:02PM
cracking image mate
Rabat on the main Island Malta also has some great/street car combo's I visit yearly.

Hdr is a good way to present high detail pics don't be afraid to be different
Richsr 11 91 223 England
13 May 2008 10:11PM
Like the details and lighting in this - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 10:20PM
Thank you guys. Done much better than I thought it would as wellSmile
LesF 11 182 9
14 May 2008 8:37AM
The processing to get the rustic feel and the blue sky makes the shot Martin.

Les F
Simon_Palmer 11 759 11 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 9:48AM
One of the freshest images I have seen on here in a long time Martin. Well spotted, well captured and ever so well processed mate. Top Marks.

It appeals in so many ways Martin, good on ya.

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 10:31AM
Cheers Les
Many thanks Simon. That really is very much appreciated. Made my day that comment!Smile
dazzaman 11 631 England
14 May 2008 12:45PM
very well spotted.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
14 May 2008 12:51PM
Very subtle Martin.

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 1:01PM
Thanks Daz & Alan. Much appreciated guys.
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 4:30PM
So well seen and taken, Martin. Blimey, that's some process you followed...but the results were worth it.

EDIT: Love the tabs. Smile
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 5:05PM
Thanks Ian, that's very kind of you to say so.
And thank you as well Simon, just noticed the award. Cheers.Smile
martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 8:06PM
Strewth, well lost following that!! I cant help feeling that Paul is right though with the angles, is it possibly the road that slopes between the walls. Even so, love the result and good to see you spotting something a little different Smile
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 10:22PM
Thanks Martin. I know Paul is right about the verticals, and now when I look at them I cringe!! Glad you like the shot though, means a lot.
BubbaG2000 10 767 1
15 May 2008 9:33AM
This is great, the sky looks great in the background and the subject is spot on!

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