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Tewkesbury Again

By cattyal  
Back to Tewkesbury tonight - I've just been browsing the pictures I took a few weeks ago and thought this one might be worthy of uploading. It looks like I'd made a start on it as I had a tone-mapped version sitting in the folder so I just duplicated that layer, changed the blend to screen and dropped that down a bit in an attempt to brighten it up a bit.

Chances are it's still a bit dark but I do tend to drift towards the dark side!

Tags: Digitally manipulated Alley Tewkesbury Landscape and travel

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Nick-T 15 45 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 7:44PM
Really lik,e the mapped effect, works well.

Looks fine on my screen.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 15 Wales
13 Feb 2007 7:44PM
The darkness carries the mood beautifully,excellent work,.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
13 Feb 2007 7:46PM
Don't really understand"tone-mapped" but it makes a darned fine picture.
BertC Plus
14 29 Malta
13 Feb 2007 7:48PM
Superb capture ... fantastic composition & lighting.
Excellent work.
ann_g 16 19 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 7:56PM
A cracker, but then I prefer the dark moody shots too.

Ann Smile
13 Feb 2007 7:57PM
SUPER WORK...............

miptog 15 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 8:14PM
Greatly like both the composition and "toning". The blue 4x4 in the background "breaks" the mood slightly. Mike
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
13 Feb 2007 8:21PM
Blimey - I turn my back for a bit and there you all are Smile Thank you all very much!

That's a busy road so every shot I took had something driving through it sadly. That said, I chose this shot as the blue of the vehicle matched the bicycle in the foreground so figured it sort of balanced out!

Tone Mapping is a wonderful tool Ron - I use Photomatix which has had quite a bit of discussion on here in the context of HDR shots. I've yet to master it but it does a cracking job of balancing out a picture like this where the alley was originally a touch on the dark side. I'm working on it Smile
Stewy 14 103 2 England
13 Feb 2007 8:29PM
Nice Alison. Really subtle. Idea locale for HDR/Tone Mapping.

ading 17 2 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 9:26PM
Great work!... and congrats for another EC! Cheers, Abdul
Dotrob 15 Wales
13 Feb 2007 9:29PM
Interesting shot, lots of different patterns and shapes to be seen especially in the larger version.
hayleyk 15 56 England
13 Feb 2007 9:41PM
Really like this,especially the patch of sunlight in the alley and the dog walker coming in to view.

Congrats on your EC!

This is superb work...
jimbo75 14
13 Feb 2007 9:47PM
Wow - awesome.
scott_jessuk 15 249 1 Scotland
13 Feb 2007 9:57PM
Excellent shot Alison and well worth the Ec you have got yourself. The blues match up very nicely.

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
13 Feb 2007 10:06PM
Wow - thank you everyone! I've been slaving away over a website most of the evening and actually my mum and sister have just sent me emails to tell me Smile

Thank you Pete - what a nice end to the day!
Possum 14 148 England
13 Feb 2007 11:33PM
Many congrats, Alison - makes all the hard work and practice worthwhile.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
13 Feb 2007 11:40PM
Congratulatons on both of your well deserved awards.
I think it's a fantastic image.
Love how you've taken it from in the alley out to the main road.
I like the bike as well.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
13 Feb 2007 11:44PM
Wow Allison, - an EC, - well done, you certainly persevered with the tone mapping! This image I think is the best so far.

Photogene 15 176 Wales
14 Feb 2007 1:11AM
A brilliantly worked image which has amazing detail, an EC well deserved well done Smile

14 Feb 2007 1:46AM
Alas fair maid I do bow before thy ever incressing talent.Methinks I will be PM ing thee in future! Absolutley stunning, very well deserved EC Allison

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Feb 2007 8:07AM
very good work!
keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Feb 2007 8:16AM
I like it, sort of, but the shadows are full of colour noise
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
14 Feb 2007 8:48AM
Good morning everyone and thank you again.

I must admit that this was a bit of an "I'm incredibly busy but can't resist uploading tonight image" and it deserves a bit more tweaking.

That's one thing I've yet to master Keith - the noise - on other pictures I've applied noise reduction to both layers which of course results in a more 'painterly' image but I didn't feel like going that route with this one. Heck - it's all part of the learning process and I'll get it all sussed eventually - it's not for want of trying and I'm thoroughly enjoying it!

At least I'm learning not to take any notice of curious people peering at me as I lurk down alleyways, I'm self conscious for about 10 minutes and then don't give a fig!
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
14 Feb 2007 8:52AM
Excellent treatment really has lifted the shaded area and balanced the pic. Hearty congrats on the well deserved EC. Bruce Smile
DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2007 9:52AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved EC. It's a fine image.

katomy 16 Hungary
14 Feb 2007 12:02PM
Beautiful light, colors and composition!
Regards: T
CathyT 15 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2007 2:38PM
Congrats on your EC..

JouŠo 16 56 Finland
14 Feb 2007 6:49PM
excellent work!

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
14 Feb 2007 6:57PM
Thank you again everyone - I'm all fired up now to head off out this weekend and look for more subject matter!
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2007 8:19PM
Perfect composition and light.

SueTurner 16 81 3 England
14 Feb 2007 10:55PM
well done, congrats on your EC
rocky41 16 172 England
15 Feb 2007 12:59PM
don't worry the Force is with you. lol
MarkT 16 119 2 England
15 Feb 2007 1:25PM
Excellent stuff.

PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
15 Feb 2007 6:51PM
I see what Keith means but I really like it. I never see this kind of brick work where I live, as it would all fall over the next earthquake!

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
15 Feb 2007 9:02PM
Thank you again everyone.

Indeed I'm going to work this one over again sometime soon Patrick to see what I can do about the noise. There's plenty of brickwork like this in Tewkesbury and quite a lot of it looks as though a gentle nudge would topple it Smile

The weekend is almost here - I have my bus time-tables at the ready and I'm just hoping for reasonable light and no rain.
clarkycat 17 89
17 Feb 2007 7:19PM
Brilliant! The details in it are fantastic.
Vickyefc 14 10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2007 10:53PM
Yes I really like this one too. I thought it was a bit on the dark-side but having looked at it for a few mins I still really like the shot.
Very lovely place

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
18 Feb 2007 11:10PM
Thank you Vicky, Aidan and Steven Smile and everyone else again!
turtle1 16 41 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2007 2:16PM
I totally missed this, Just love everything about it. A beautiful place, brings back memories I used to work at Longleat many years ago.

Take care
Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
27 Feb 2007 10:29PM
WOOAAHH!!! and to think you asked me... talk about taking the ball and running with it.... This is juat AWESOME, perfect processing and so much deserving of the EC.

......I'm not envious


cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
27 Feb 2007 10:58PM
Hello again and thank you all Smile Hey, I might make it into triple figures for the first time with this effort - hint hint Smile

It's amazing what a little nudge in the right direction does Tony - thanks for that nudge! This technique has opened my eyes to so much more than just flowers!

It's hard finding decent locations around my neck of the woods and the blasted day job does rather get in the way of getting out and about. I shall persevere though and see what else I can find over the coming weeks.
Atlas 17 621 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2007 10:35PM
I could of sworn I clicked this the day you uploaded it? Ah well here's my vote anyway Alison ☼☼☼☼☼

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
10 Mar 2007 10:37PM
Thank you Rob Smile I've just had this printed up to A3 and it looks pretty decent - maybe one day I'll even bung it up on the wall!
20 Apr 2007 11:29AM
Beautiful tones, shadows and colours.....You've captured a quaint feel to this, well done!

Suzan Smile
JONTHELENS 13 34 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2008 8:45PM
great comp,lighting cracking picture.

cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
6 Mar 2008 8:33AM
Hi Jonny and thanks for taking a look.

I went back to the same spot a while back to try some more shots but sadly they didn't really come out as well. At least it's only a short bus-ride away so I can get back there this year and try again - I'd like some without the gentleman in the frame so maybe I'll succeed one day!
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
16 Mar 2008 2:54PM
Missed this Alison - and I absolutely love it. Very worthy of its Awards - despite Keith's misgivings! Wink
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.2k 58 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2010 11:14PM
Lovey shot and great explaination of how to do it - thanks.
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
22 Nov 2010 9:08AM
Blimey Stuart - you're trawling back a long way Smile Thanks for looking though - it's a good reminder of what I've done.

I was there again last Tuesday afternoon but there was a white bike in the alley and two shop signs so it wasn't overly inspiring.

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