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Avebury Stones

By Pete      
An almost straight shot (apart from RAW to black & white) from the Pentax *ist D that I recently had converted to infrared by ACS in Norfolk.

This is of a couple of the stones from the Avebury circle. It was a busy weekend so taking a shot without anyone touching or laying against a stone was virtually impossible. Here a dog walked into view. He cocked his leg to have a pee. I had to shoot as another group were working round to obscure my views.
I like the inclusion of the silhouetted dog, but I edited the raised back leg so it's not looking like it's peeing

Tags: Architecture Black and white Stone circle Avebury Landscape and travel Infrared conversion

Voters: wasper, exposure, stevieasp and 61 more

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stevieasp 10 7 England
3 Aug 2008 10:15PM
Mystical image,

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Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
3 Aug 2008 10:16PM
looks great with the dog IMO would have liked to have seen it with a cocked leg Smile

the infra red brings out some startling results

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
3 Aug 2008 10:16PM
Tip top. I'm a sucker for good IR ... so obviously this appeals Smile

exposure Plus
13 5.5k England
3 Aug 2008 10:18PM
Beautiful tones and lovely I R effect dramatic light, sky detail and Stone textures and a lovely composition with the inclusion of the dog.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
3 Aug 2008 10:19PM

Quote:would have liked to have seen it with a cocked leg

I've uploaded the original Wink
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 10:19PM
nice one!
well worked on the dog (wouldn't have guessed!)
it appears so deserted & that sky is a perfect backdrop

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
3 Aug 2008 10:20PM
the dog makes the image for me as it gives scale to the stones. The level of detail is good and that sky aint 'alf bad either, good IR work too Smile

Did you get permission to leave EPZ Towers and take pictures???
SRC15 9 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 10:21PM
Awesome Pic, like the sky #1 for mee

User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 10:32PM
a place I love. a good one, Pete

Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
3 Aug 2008 10:41PM smart bit of is funny running the mouse over 1 and 2 though Wink
phototime 11 8 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 10:52PM
Amazing b&w image Pete,love the sky and mood in this image.Excellent work here.

3 Aug 2008 11:01PM
I like the dog - it shows scale.
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 12:17AM
Quality image,

The sense of surreal is fantastic

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
4 Aug 2008 12:25AM
Super shots just favour V1. - gary
User_Removed 10 485 13 England
4 Aug 2008 7:59AM
i would love to be able to get into IR, this is superb Pete

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
4 Aug 2008 8:00AM
careful you don't get arrested for photographing dogs without permission.
The style really suits the subject and it gives a 3D feel to the stones

Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 8:13AM
Looks good and the dog addsa little bit of reality to what is otherwise quite a sureal.
Great comp and a well presented image.
Phil_Restan 12 280 9 England
4 Aug 2008 8:34AM
Looks like the camera conversion was worth while. Excellent image, outstanding detail and I think you were right to adjust the dog, otherwise the image would have been about the dog and nothing else.
Never been impressed with IR but this could convert me, suits the subject.

Guillaume 11 119 2 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 10:41AM
Nice shot Pete. I always wanted to try IR one day. I really like the white clouds in the b/g. You've included quite a bit a sky and I think a square crop could work better by giving a more balanced composition.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
4 Aug 2008 10:51AM
Thanks all.
Guillaume that's a good point. I left the picture as shot (whole frame) but a crop, not to square, but to remove the top strip of black just above the hoop cloud in the centre would be a better composition.
RoddBC 12 40 United States
4 Aug 2008 10:54AM
Love IR, this is a superb example of how vivid they can be. I need to try this sometime.

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 2:10PM
Really like this pete ill have to have a go at this Smile.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
4 Aug 2008 9:54PM
Looks really good, Pete.

Just wondering - did you ever try if polarisers add any interesting effects or enhancements to pictures taken with an IR-conversion camera?
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
5 Aug 2008 7:55AM
Yes Conrad, this is with a polarising filter. That reminds me I was going to let you about this question a while ago. It works in the same way, so the blue becomes darker, which is one reason why I have a very dramatic sky on this.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
5 Aug 2008 10:09AM
Ah, good, I suspected that might work. I'll remember that - at some point we'll want to have either my wife's 300D or my 20D converted, so this is good to keep in mind.
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2008 6:10PM
Much prefer this one!
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
10 Aug 2008 10:50PM
Very effective use of IR and the dog adds greatly to the image (would love to see the original with leg cocked though Wink ) Bruce
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2008 7:44PM
Excellent image; a great atmosphere from just a couple of rocks and I like the very black silhouette of the dog
11 12 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2008 3:10PM
Really nice mono, great shot.

12 Jan 2009 1:01PM
The dog definitely has that pre-pee look about him! Nice shot.
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 5:32PM
Went there a month or so ago, didn't get anything this good though, great IR feel.
phil_j 11 134 4 England
17 Nov 2009 10:15AM
What a great effect Pete, just came across this shot as I was looking for pictures of Avebury on got my juices flowing for going bcak there again when I can after talking about it over the weekend.

andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 11:24AM
Tried Avebury till I'm blue in the face and never got anything I liked...You have1

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