By woolybill1
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

Tags: Northumberland Bench Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Alnwick Market place Longship Dragon prow

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Cormy 10 3 England
12 Apr 2008 8:40AM
Excellent shot Bill and great work on the background.Very strong image !!.

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danbrann Plus
13 637 17
12 Apr 2008 8:46AM
First time I have ever seen red eye enhance an image.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
12 Apr 2008 8:51AM
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
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 8:52AM
Pascal - we had gone there to meet someone, photography was only a secondary consideration. I'm making plans for when the weather improves.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
12 Apr 2008 9:01AM
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!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Apr 2008 9:13AM
Good DOF
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 9:21AM
Quirky shot, it scared me for a moment.
Dramatic bench, would be an interesting find in the middle of the night.

All the very best
cheesey 11 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 10:07AM
Great shot, well captured.
GaryBooth 10 34 England
12 Apr 2008 10:59AM
Cracking shot...

have you tried the red eye reduction.LOL

SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 11:48AM
The touch of red around the border brings out the red eye to perfection. I'm very impressed with the impressionist background too.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
12 Apr 2008 12:03PM
The red eye is great, as is the use of the impressionist brush which I must have a play with sometime.

Best Matt
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
12 Apr 2008 12:05PM
Lovely detail, great red eye stands out, lovely joint effort the background is fab.

imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 12:10PM
love that, wish we had more of this kind of usable art in cambidge...love the b'g too,
12 Apr 2008 1:47PM
Nice shot Bill, love the red eye, looking at that tongue must be a female dragon,
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
12 Apr 2008 2:39PM
Must hve taken some making . Like the background . very dramatic xx
12 Apr 2008 2:58PM
Yup can be a bit of an eyesore, even the first Grand National Fence had the ambulance in front of the camera
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
12 Apr 2008 3:02PM
Very cool capture. Love that red eye looking at us.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
12 Apr 2008 3:20PM
Superb capture.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 3:36PM
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.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
12 Apr 2008 3:51PM
Whoops Mother in law....Wink great spot and capture Bill

proz 13 205 United States
12 Apr 2008 3:52PM
so worth a large view, you have done well with the brush on the background too.
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
12 Apr 2008 7:49PM
Good one Bill.
Never seen a background done this way, good idea.

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 8:12PM
That red eye certainly stares you down,nice job on the background Bill.
12 Apr 2008 8:48PM
Superb capture. Really love the eye
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 9:46PM
Excellent manip of the background, lets the main object stand out nicely.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
12 Apr 2008 11:28PM
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
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Apr 2008 11:48PM
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.!!!
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 12:13AM
Excellent image Bill; great detail, love the little grin and the fantasy shimmer of the background seems fitting and isolates the head well
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Apr 2008 12:58AM
I love tge dragon and how you finished the bg! Must look for the Impressionist brush!

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
14 Apr 2008 8:15PM
Great shot Bill. Love the eye.

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