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Gloucester Quays

By JakeK
An old building falls into ruin next to the Gloucester and Sheerness canal. I took this last week in the snow and is a HDR image which I thought looked better in B+W

Tags: Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated


cooky 16 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:47PM
Wouldn't change a thing - stands up.

Well taken.

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Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:38PM
It looks (maybe only to me) like it needs a very small anticlockwise rotation.
I'm not a big fan of HDR as I think excessive tonemapping robs the image of colour, impact and tonality, and therefore realism. It also makes areas of even tone uneven and blotchy. This looks more like a pencil sketch or an etching than a photograph: the tonality is all wrong compared to what I would expect to see in real life. Your images are often converted in this way, and while you have a distinctive style, it might not be to everyone's taste. For me, it's often overdone and usually makes a good picture worse rather than better.

I think this would be better if not so extensively tonemapped.

Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:10AM
The subject matter here does not demand HDR but it is a great subject and for sure normal (if there is such a thing) photography will no doubt bring out all the detail you require.

Everything is there. the old factory drainage, the extract fans together with the associated ductwork and 'Chinaman's hats' at the top. The Victorian natural ventilation at the roof apex, they were used in old factory toilet blocks as they also had the advantage of putting workers off from reading a newspaper whilst there as it was too cold. There is also the added steelwork lattice to stop the brickwork from moving.

This place has the potential for some excellent record shots but not in HDR I am afraid.

EXIF looks a little unusual, perhaps use 1/100sec @ f8 with ISO 250.

The high ISO doesn't help nor does the slow shutter speed and f22 is at the softer end of the lens performance.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:39AM
It does actually seem to look rather better in mono than I would expect in colour, but still looks very HDR. The bright area between building and sky is the give away. There are still a few small bright areas, but the effect is quite interesting. Reserve HDR for absolute necessity.

SteveNZ 11 4 5 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 3:14PM
Just goes to show how people's tastes vary... because I really like this image. For me, the processing enhances the textures and lines of the building. I also like the resulting surreal quality.
There are a couple of overly bright areas at left and right of the image which tend to draw my eye slightly from the main subject, but otherwise there's nothing I would want to see changed.
Cheers -- Steve

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