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By DicksPics
These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago at the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.
It is an open-air museum of rescued buildings which have been relocated to its site in Stoke Heath near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire.
V1 shows the outside of the Scotia Works which was originally located in Cradley(pronounced Craydley) in The Black Country - I have used the HDR effect in photoshop for the first time.
V2 shows the inside of the works - it is a Photoshop merge of 5 images taken at various levels of exposure - it was an attempt to try to get a reasonable exposure of the whole of the inside of the building.
I feel fairly happy with these two images - any advice about ways to improve them would be gratefully received.
V3 is included to give some information about the people who made the chain, the history of the works and how it was rescued.
Thanks to all who viewed, voted and commented on my 'Pulham Falls' upload!Smile

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Digitally manipulated Avoncroft Cradley Chain Making Scotia Works

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Trev_B 13 151 68 England
3 Apr 2014 10:11PM
An interesting set ****…. it must have been a hot place to work in.

A lovely detailed set.


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ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
3 Apr 2014 10:13PM
Must have been warm in that building when they were working full out!
The HDR is brilliant!
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 10:13PM
An interesting and very well captured set of images Richard, however I do feel that image one could do with a little tweaking in both the horizontal and the vertical axis (Please see modification). Hope you approve.

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin
3 Apr 2014 10:15PM
Fine set Richard, like the composition and detail captured in V1,
3 Apr 2014 10:19PM
Thank you for your modification, Nathan - it has made a definite improvement!

10 10 10 England
3 Apr 2014 10:31PM
I especially like the texture and the colour of the brickwork in V1 Richard. V2 shows the result of work too complicated for me Sad but excellent.
ali63 7 785 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 10:39PM
Excellent images,

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4069 Canada
3 Apr 2014 10:51PM
I like that interior shot.(s)

Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 11:10PM
Wouldn't have noticed anything wrong with alignment!
Your HDR has been very subtly done and does bring out all the detail in the building.
The sky around the roof chimney maybe needs some discretionary blending?
Most interesting narrative re the chain making. A hot job - no wonder they need all the ventilation.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
3 Apr 2014 11:21PM
Good point about the sky around the roof and chimney, Kate.
I had seen this but didn't know how to sort it out!!
If anyone can help me, I would be very grateful.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
3 Apr 2014 11:22PM
A very attractive building, inside looks interesting, and the processing works!
3 Apr 2014 11:49PM
An interesting set of images Richard. My fav has to be V2.
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
3 Apr 2014 11:51PM
I would love a little wander around here Richard.
Especially after seeing V2 !!
Good set.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
4 Apr 2014 5:46AM
An excellent set, Richard, very well captured. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 8:01AM
What a fascinating building. Your Photoshop jiggery-pokery in V2 is very impressive indeed. Well done you.
Tish1 Plus
7 32 5 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 8:51AM
It never ceases to amaze me how buildings can be relocated and, still look as though they originated in that very spot. I would love to help with the roof and chimney blending but I am a little selfish with my skills in that department [on account I haven't got any].

My preference is V2, I can almost smell the atmosphere in there.

Jenny-D 10 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 9:09AM
Great images Richard, very interesting.

Jenny Smile
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 9:10AM
Excellent series, Richard V2 is my favourite.

4 Apr 2014 9:22AM
Interesting images and information!- Never seen anything about making chains before .- Thanks for shearing! --- Jukka.
4 Apr 2014 9:28AM
fine auld building Richard always a good subject fro HRD playtime Nathan has sorted out the verticals so all looks good will upload a wee play on the internals have a good weekend

Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 9:35AM
A very interesting set Richard with V2 being my favorite, Smile

4 Apr 2014 10:30AM
Great set of images, love the interior V2, Richard
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 12:00PM
v2 for me Richard. Avoncroft is one of the places that we take our pupils from school to study the different buildings there - its always a very stimulating visit SmileSmile
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
4 Apr 2014 12:21PM
v2 my favoured one as well, Richard, the tones and exposure work is subtle and accomplished, but they do all work together as a set.

TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
4 Apr 2014 3:26PM
Looks and sounds an interesting place to visit - a bit like Beamish up near Durham Smile Other than correction of the verticals, as Kate says, needs a bit of tweaking around the edges where the building meets the sky to get rid of the 'haloing'. I've had that problem myself! But V2 is especially well processed, in getting details throughout, 'cos it's damned difficult to get the highlight and shadows areas correct in these sort of interiors! Wink
Trev Smile
4 Apr 2014 3:52PM
Thanks for uploading a mod of V2, Graham - it has given the image a bit more 'punch'!

mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
4 Apr 2014 3:53PM
Nice work Richard, Lovely capture and processing in V1, V2 very good as well.

4 Apr 2014 5:12PM
Both excellent images Richard, love the inside of the shed..Lin
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 7:32PM
Wonderful set of images Richard, it looks a fascinating place Smile

Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 9:29PM
Three cracking shots Richard, interesting narrative too
capto Plus
7 6.0k 14 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 10:15PM
V2 is the star of the show, nice one.Smile

4 Apr 2014 10:26PM
Great set Richard. Cathy
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
5 Apr 2014 5:55AM

Quote:V2 is the star of the show, nice one.Smile


I agree. Great documentary.
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2014 6:24AM
Love that old building Richard great shot
5 Apr 2014 7:58AM
Hi Richard. I like the interior shot very much. I've had a go at fixing the sky problem, and will upload a mod. It's not quite 100%, but I think it's a bit better. See what you think anyway. I'll pm you a link you might find helpful.

5 Apr 2014 10:18AM
Thank you, Alan for your modification - it has made so much difference to V1!Smile
Thanks for the link, too - I need to practise this technique, now!!

Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2014 2:31AM
I love the building and I am fascinated with all the "goodies" in V2... Grin
Mick would like this one for the contents I am sure...

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