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An angel watches over.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 15 December 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Harton Cemetery, South Shields.

I was very happy with this one, a three RAW file HDR in Photomatix done as sensibly and sensitively as I could. I think the colour rendition, clarity, and revealed details make it one of my personal favourites.

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/4.5 ISO 200 18 mm

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Julie from Easton, United States

All I can manage to say with this one is .... WOW!

15 Dec 2009 5:19am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

A nice graveyard, with awesome trees!

15 Dec 2009 5:37am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very nice.

15 Dec 2009 5:55am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe et triste à la fois !

15 Dec 2009 6:01am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Yes, very good job, love the light on her

15 Dec 2009 6:15am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Very powerful HDR.. Nice SHot

15 Dec 2009 6:24am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow!!! fantastic hdr

15 Dec 2009 7:14am

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

A very clear, sharp pic as others of your HDR-work. The overall sharpness seems a bit strange to me, therefore I look longer and longer to it. A real joy for my eyes.

15 Dec 2009 8:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot... light, shadow and composition.. well done.

15 Dec 2009 8:56am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A melancholy mood. The composition is very good stressing the central figure. The edition in excellent HDR!

15 Dec 2009 9:08am

Mhélène from Paris, France

So beautiful a great photo !

15 Dec 2009 11:00am

zOOm from Paris, France

So, everything is allright then. He'll take care of us. :-)
Great HDR.

15 Dec 2009 11:15am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Excellent work, clean and crisp.

15 Dec 2009 11:19am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The gentle decay of the tilting graves is complimented by the drift of dead leaves.

15 Dec 2009 11:56am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful composition and pleasant, really well.

15 Dec 2009 12:12pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

an other peacful athmosphere...Cimentaries are out of time...

15 Dec 2009 12:18pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wow, now this is my kind of tonemapped HDRi!! fantastic! the place looks solemn yet your processing gives it a lively feel! great work!

15 Dec 2009 12:32pm

H.S. from K, Iran

I would never want to see my angel,it freaks me out!
but very nice coposition you've got here!

15 Dec 2009 12:37pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Curly! Even though it is HDR there is a softness that makes it most appealing. Well done! ;-)

15 Dec 2009 12:38pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Curly, I think you've finally nailed my preferred style of HDR. Realistic colours, great detail, balanced exposure, no halos around high contrast areas. Technical details aside, it's a well-framed composition too with a strong cenrtal figure.

15 Dec 2009 12:43pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful light and nice composition. A great soft HDR, like that. And we can feel the quietness of the place.

15 Dec 2009 12:46pm

ghetu from Mumbai, India

you know what, i used to play a strategy games called Heroes of Might and Magic. It was a series. I don't know why your photos remind me of those games, my favourites. even the setting is one straight from the game. your hero is supposed to heal and gets an extra mile to gallop on his horse if he visits this angel.

i must, must learn HDR.

15 Dec 2009 1:22pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Very beautiful HDR. The light here is wonderful!

15 Dec 2009 1:44pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The light and colours are fantastic. A very beautiful composition with a gentleness, a softness. Bravo.

15 Dec 2009 1:54pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love the shadows in this Curly.

15 Dec 2009 1:59pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

I agree it is very nicely done one of my favs

15 Dec 2009 2:07pm

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

I agree that it is a very pleasant picture to look at. The light is superficial as is the angel - making it fairy tale-like (stressed also by the very colorful tombstones in the left part of the picture).
One thing nags me: The specific angle of the angel lets us see a bit of the right "wing" in shadow.This led me to perceive it like the shadow of the figure projected against the back "curtain" - thus letting me believe - in this supernatural world - that the angel had been poorly implanted in the image. Like on a theatrical curtain.

15 Dec 2009 2:33pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

very ncie process, great work with colors

15 Dec 2009 2:33pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

This is very lovely. not overworked at all--fantastic image!

15 Dec 2009 2:36pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I love angel statuary. I have a lot of stone angels myself. I like the rich shadowing you have in this image. It gives depth, an almost broodiness but not fully with the sun peeking around too. Much nicer than a full head on daylight shot.

15 Dec 2009 2:53pm

behzad noorifard from sh, Iran

nice shot good

15 Dec 2009 2:58pm

alex centrella from California, United States

nice and clean and sharp, but i think all the ban of colors on the bottom are distracting ..

15 Dec 2009 3:10pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Your photo editing are superb, I would really like to learn!
Great subject!

15 Dec 2009 3:11pm

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

This is fine art for me, you´re the best!!!

15 Dec 2009 3:32pm

Raymond from Selangor, Malaysia

Really beautiful ! =D i hope i could capture one of those in the future.

15 Dec 2009 3:57pm

k@ from Paris, France

The HDR makes it more present ! Bravo*

15 Dec 2009 3:59pm

don from spokae, United States

A fine job of using the power of Photomatix to process this interesting and very successful image. It looks very good!

15 Dec 2009 4:08pm

Piia from Helsinki, Finland

This is absolutely gorgeous HDR Curly!

15 Dec 2009 4:15pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent processing, lighting na dcolors

15 Dec 2009 4:51pm

Peter Knoop from Antwerp, Belgium

You controlled the HDR process really well in this shot. You can tell it's HDR, but it's still believable. Well done!

15 Dec 2009 4:55pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The HDR King !

15 Dec 2009 5:01pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow Curly, that is striking!!!

15 Dec 2009 5:11pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

wonderful HDR!

15 Dec 2009 5:13pm

Vikram from Chandler, United States

HDR has worked very well especially for this scene! Very Surreal!

15 Dec 2009 5:25pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
a very moving, clear recording. It is the final resting place of men. The colors are excellent. Especially the clouds splendor like that very much. Regards Christel

15 Dec 2009 5:41pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

Really well done Curly. It takes some time to get HDRs to look realistic but it's worth it.

15 Dec 2009 6:07pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful HDR processing here! Now the headstones really have that "pop" that you have captured here.

15 Dec 2009 6:53pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

What I like the most in this photo are shadows. They enrich the details and the soft over-all tone of this image. Beautifully shot and processed!

15 Dec 2009 8:34pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

i saw many capture of tombs in b/w but this tomb shot is of special effect!

15 Dec 2009 8:38pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nicely composed Curly and much more realistic tones...good work!

15 Dec 2009 8:53pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

That is superb tone-mapping. That angel just sticks out from those branches (no pun intended).

15 Dec 2009 8:57pm

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Goes to show how good HDR can be if treatment is sensitive. Great shot.

15 Dec 2009 9:45pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Verry beautiful, i like atmosfere and colors!!

15 Dec 2009 9:56pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Your commentary makes a very important point. The people that we need to please most is ourselves. You could go absolutely crazy trying to please everyone on Am3; it can't be done. I love it when photographers say, "This pleases me." Bravo, Curly.

15 Dec 2009 10:20pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

The trees with no leaves on it beautifully frame the angel. Striking!

15 Dec 2009 11:32pm

Dave from Indianapolis, United States

excellent, great shot

15 Dec 2009 11:46pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

very cool shot love the HDR processing

16 Dec 2009 12:09am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully done.......reminds me of the statue in Angels in America.......

16 Dec 2009 12:40am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful light and colours. A great composition too :)) Bravo again for your HDR skill ;)

16 Dec 2009 1:02am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

I haven't seen too much angel statuary and this is very beautiful. Your photo is so beautiful that it looks like a drawing :)

16 Dec 2009 1:22am

Seanóg from Dublin, Ireland

nice. There's a cemetery similar to this one near where i live as well. Its very old and contains the graves of many of Ireland's most prominent national figures such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O'Connell as well as Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Kevin Barry, Sir Roger Casement AND Constance Markiewicz. Though i guess you might not know as much about those people considering you're from england. I don't think they teach such things in england?i think. Anyway, i reckon ill have to make a trip soon and see if i can get soe photos as good as yours.

16 Dec 2009 1:42am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautifully done ! I like your way of HDR.

16 Dec 2009 2:09am

D from Winterpeg, Canada

Yet another amazing capture with wonderful composition, light and edit. Enjoying it all:))

16 Dec 2009 2:10am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice HDR work!

16 Dec 2009 2:56am

Krishna Muroor from Bangalore, India

Super. Scene selection is very good. one full round of trees gives a much needed difference

16 Dec 2009 11:35am

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

Celestial lighting.

16 Dec 2009 1:02pm

limin from taipei, Taiwan

Oh, how beautiful

16 Dec 2009 1:56pm

joemulligan from United States

The image takes us into the sureal realm of the unconscious. Beautifully composed and processed.

16 Dec 2009 5:47pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing HDR picture, great job!

16 Dec 2009 6:09pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great shot! I love the processing!

16 Dec 2009 9:07pm

littlefarbod from Tehran, Iran

I like it!

17 Dec 2009 2:55am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent picture !

17 Dec 2009 3:16am

Condemna from Barcelona, Andorra

I very much like the composition of the shot and the overall picture, but I must admit that I have a problem with the unnatural look of (all) HDRs... they just seem too artificial to me...

17 Dec 2009 1:53pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

i find it beautiful

17 Dec 2009 4:14pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

nice and peaceful setting! :)

18 Dec 2009 12:31am

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

I love the subtle hdr effect here. Not overdone at all.

18 Dec 2009 4:32am

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Ok, I just gotta get busy with some HDR! You inspire me every time I look at one of your images. Just a very lovely shot!

18 Dec 2009 5:19pm

phil from Australia

Wow! I came across this as I dawdled a dull pre-Xmas afternoon at work I used to live in Harton Rise as a kid, went to Anfield Infant School and played in the cemetary with other kids. We used to climb the trees and were always fascinated by the gravepits. Fab photo.

22 Dec 2009 5:33am

Martin from North Platte, United States

againe just awsome!! man its like a longing to go there, what is the old cematery in London? is it Highgate??

3 Jan 2010 5:33pm

FLUORIT from Paris, France

your work is really exceptionnal !

14 Jan 2010 9:07pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

bravo pour cette ambiance automnale

9 Sep 2013 2:04pm

1/180 second
ISO 200
18 mm