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Watt's The Name

By ade_mcfade      
Leeds City Square again, this time the post office and that glass building on Park Row make the background rather than being the subject.

There's several statues in the square, I've heard of James Watt from A level Physics so thought I'd shove him in the foreground.

Tricky one really - maybe could have done with 5 or more exposures to get the really bright bits to stop burning out, but in reality, these things are a lot brighter than the statues and pavements, so if they are burned, then I reckon it's actaully more "real" than a HDR that has everything in there... they can look odd.

Anyway - is this architecture, cityscape, envronmental, art?

who knows (or cares) Smile

Tags: Dark Statue Architecture Leeds Digitally manipulated Post office City square James watt

Voters: Joline, ColouredImages, meekie and 41 more

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Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
31 Mar 2008 9:04PM
Nice tones overall. I think I would have preferred it with the white building cropped. I like the foreground.

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User_Removed 12 172 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 9:19PM
Great image, well captured

Artois 13 405 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 9:47PM
great image, I think the modern building contrasts well with the old.
ade_mcfade 15 15.2k 216 England
31 Mar 2008 9:50PM
My breif from the council was to get a contrast of old and new Leeds - I've been trying to get that in many shots, here the glass at the back right fulfiuls that objective

but yeah - I can see it's a far more traditional shot when it's removed.

Cheers folks
Rylands 12 1 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2008 10:25PM
Superb image - night shots always look best with some light in the sky
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
31 Mar 2008 11:39PM
Excellent architectural image Adrian. Cracking light. Ron.
Richsr 12 91 223 England
1 Apr 2008 7:09AM
Like the details and colours in this Ade - well controlled capture.
Regards Richard.
The left side statue must have made this very difficult to frame Ade, well done with the verticals and the light from the modern building on the right. Great work complicated ny the night lighting.

All the very best
1 Apr 2008 9:35AM
Definitely making something of Leeds with this series Ade.... You don't see a lot of these things when you're trying to find your way out in a car!!!!

ade_mcfade 15 15.2k 216 England
1 Apr 2008 10:48AM
Aye - it's nowhere near the shops either, so most people will never see these chaps :--)

Dougie - the vericals were a challenge... to say the least Smile More photoshop skills required on this than you may think. Would have been easier if I'd shot portrait, but at the time, landscape seemed the way to go.

Back home, getting just the lift shafts of the new building in had a more "modern" feel to it, so 1/3 of the shot hit the cutting room floor Smile

Cheers folks
newy17 14 273 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 3:00PM

Quote:Superb image - night shots always look best with some light in the sky

Ray is always telling me that in my nightshots lol,
but i prefer the black sky at night but thats just me hehe,
i thinks ill have to have a go at HDR it seems to tone down the lights from being burnt out,
love the comp in this Ade and youve done a great job on the verticals and i like the contrast of the new and old,there's plenty of that in liverpool at the moment so ill have to have a go at that ,,.
Great work as always,,
1 Apr 2008 3:23PM
This much I know, IT'S SUPERB!
Cheers, Mac
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
1 Apr 2008 5:20PM
Nothing wrong with the brightest spots being bright. They probably were in reality. I like the natural look of this with still lots of dynamic range. Eventually I hope to do this with San Francisco. Before I do, I'll be trawling my way through all of your work....


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