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The night stairs

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 21 December 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is a detail from the interior of Hexham Abbey in Northumberland taken on a weekend away from South Shields. These night stairs were used by the monks to access their dorms in the years after the Abbey was founded by St. Wilfrid over 1300 years ago.
This is a single RAW file HDR conversion using the methods described in the last couple of posts.

PENTAX K100D 1/10 second F/4.0 ISO 800 26 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

A very interesting image, nice one

21 Dec 2009 6:11am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Superb tone and post!

21 Dec 2009 7:40am

asphaltfee from vienna, Austria

this is almost un-earthly wonderful! the tones and contrast are superb!

21 Dec 2009 7:48am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Spooooky !

21 Dec 2009 9:18am

Julia from Munich, Germany

great shot

21 Dec 2009 9:20am

Francine from Buire le sec, France

Always interesting, have a good day!

21 Dec 2009 9:27am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great photographs.. as always great processing.

21 Dec 2009 10:33am

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Amazing colors! Great shot!

21 Dec 2009 10:44am

Peter Knoop from Antwerp, Belgium

Another great image. HDR is addictive, isn't it?

21 Dec 2009 11:01am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Such an interesting processing technique..a great shot..I hope to have a chance over the Christmas break to play around with HDR myself.

21 Dec 2009 11:15am

zOOm from Paris, France

Great HDR once again, it well suits medieval settings as well. Great work.

21 Dec 2009 11:15am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Fantastic architecture and brickwork and the processing only adds to the shot.Well done !!

21 Dec 2009 11:44am

kerfendal from Paris, France

wonderful this mosaic of colours

21 Dec 2009 12:07pm

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

Great composition and shot!!

21 Dec 2009 1:19pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I like this one a lot Curly! The HDR treatment seems to give the walls some heat and life.... ;-)

21 Dec 2009 2:02pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Wow! Looks like an awesome place! Colors are nicely done!

21 Dec 2009 2:48pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Perfect subject for HDR Curly.

21 Dec 2009 2:56pm

Alan from Manila, Philippines

Impressive details!

21 Dec 2009 3:03pm

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

What a wonderful abbey, here I could walk around for hours and shoot! Go on with your HDR photos, I JUST LOVE THEM.

21 Dec 2009 3:39pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

would make a great wall photo very artistic

21 Dec 2009 4:10pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Very perfect.. wow !!!!!!! extraordinary HDR

21 Dec 2009 4:12pm

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

A fine shot with lovely rich colors with fine detail. The HDR was very successful.

21 Dec 2009 4:13pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

And...where is Harry Potter?...!

21 Dec 2009 4:46pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

You've illuminated the age and character of this structure enhancing it's overall wonder.

21 Dec 2009 4:59pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Just perfect, the color is amazing!

21 Dec 2009 5:13pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

The brickwork leaps from my screen, so vibrant is the processing. Like an illustration from a book, this really appeals to my eyes and the scene has come to life. Fantastic work, Curly

21 Dec 2009 5:14pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

strange -- i think i honestly like singe shot hdr conversions best -- the color is more 'normal' but the detail is wonderfully augmented. the classic hdr from 3 shots seems to extraoplate the color into realms that are quite 'fictional' and very good to that effect, but not as pleasing to the eye, in my opinion... excellent work here.

21 Dec 2009 5:24pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fabulous HDR! Great composition and tones! WEll done

21 Dec 2009 5:26pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully processed...but the whole thing seems to be leaning to the left?????

21 Dec 2009 5:45pm

@Susan: Yes Susan, I think your younger eyes are better than this old codger's! I thought I'd rotated it correctly using a line of paving in the foreground as my reference, but looking at the top you can notice the tilt still.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars, for this dream shot !

21 Dec 2009 6:08pm

Ali from Arak, Iran


21 Dec 2009 6:22pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Okay. Now I'm starting to get jealous here and they always say not to get "green with envy" during the holiday season. Very impressive work and a good narrative to go along with it.

21 Dec 2009 6:42pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

mysterious and beautiful.

wonderful work.

21 Dec 2009 7:16pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Beautiful lines and colors!!

21 Dec 2009 7:35pm

STEED from Gueret, France


21 Dec 2009 7:36pm

Gerard from Dieren, Netherlands

Again a beautiful HDR conversion, terriffic shot and view.

21 Dec 2009 8:01pm

sabinche from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

great HDR work! well done.

21 Dec 2009 8:07pm

Philipp from Munich, Germany

well done on this one curly! very impressive work!

21 Dec 2009 8:46pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

i appreciate your kind words regarding my younger eyes, but having turned 57 yesterday, these eyes aren't as young as they used to be!! (And worse yet...had cataract surgery a few years ago, in both eyes, and ended up with "floaters" in both eyes now.......so I'm worse off than most!!!)

21 Dec 2009 9:04pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This looks very impressive,well taken!

21 Dec 2009 9:47pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

I like this extremely well - * perhaps the single frame make the image less harsh but still maintain the intensity in colors and shapes.

* intuitive reaction not a technical feedback. :-)

21 Dec 2009 9:57pm

Levi Cusio from West Vancouver, Canada

stunning HDR as always curly! beautiful image indeed!

21 Dec 2009 10:00pm

PeterFH from Gothenburg, Sweden

Excellent HDR.
Great work.

21 Dec 2009 10:50pm

Bhong from Muntinlupa, Philippines

wonderful photo, great HDR

21 Dec 2009 11:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb, Curly.

21 Dec 2009 11:39pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Interesting information Curly. Your shot is just as interesting, checking out all the details in this photo. Love the HDR and all the colors.

22 Dec 2009 4:10am

Krishna Muroor from India

this HDR is so addictive!!! great processing

22 Dec 2009 4:56am

Dinu from India

I'm the 48th to comment here! I've no words.

22 Dec 2009 1:11pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

22 Dec 2009 2:40pm

John from New York, United States

Beautiful colors Curly!

23 Dec 2009 2:27am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful shot ! Beautiful colors and patterns..

24 Dec 2009 3:16am

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Cool subject and the colour tones are awesome. A visual feast.

24 Dec 2009 6:42am

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Excellent image! Colours have come really nice!!

25 Dec 2009 2:26am

Anouk from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Lovely "painting"!

26 Dec 2009 11:12am

Janine Kelly from kitchener, Canada

A very beautiful photo and very educational! :)

27 Dec 2009 4:39pm

Stefan from Oberaach, Switzerland

Love this kind of churches and you made a great job with HDR. Hope to find for my self subjects loke this in switzerland. United Kingdom has probably very much of really old churches and castles like this to take great pictures in HDR.

2 Jan 2010 5:01pm

1/10 second
ISO 800
26 mm