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The Old Town Hall

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 23 December 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

South Shields old Town Hall (late 1700s) situated in the Market Place which has been here since medieval times, shot taken the night before the market takes place hence all of the empty stalls. We are using a lot of LEDs to light up the town this Christmas.
No HDR treatment with this just a straight forward on the tripod night shot, curves and hue/saturation adjustments in Photoshop, then a sharpen, all nice and simple.

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Linerberry from Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh I would love to be there for the market, I bet its a great atmosphere....as this is a great shot!!!!

23 Dec 2009 5:24am

@Linerberry: It depends on the weather, when the sun shines it is heaving packed!

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice night time image

23 Dec 2009 6:18am

@Alun: I thinkIi got the colour temperatures about right, bearing in mind the huge amount of reflected blue light (these decorated trees are on all four sides of the market square).

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

it is lovely Curley!! and will be great to mooch around and do a shop there!! :)

23 Dec 2009 7:24am

@kate: Some people travel miles on a Saturday or Monday to come here Kate.

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful nightshot, lovely lights!

23 Dec 2009 7:42am

Julie from Easton, United States

Nice shot, LED lights are the big thing everywhere now I guess!

23 Dec 2009 7:52am

@Julie: The whole borough is covered with them, and if you have a large enough display, high enough up, they can be seen for miles!

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Good frog-perspective, well exposed. The trees are highly electrified, don't go too near! (:-)).
Have a nice day.

23 Dec 2009 8:03am

Raymond from Selangor, Malaysia

Nice shot Curly ! =D Christmas Eve is tomorrow !

23 Dec 2009 8:27am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Beautiful nightshot!! I love the tone of the sky! superb!!

23 Dec 2009 8:38am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

very nice shot well done curly

23 Dec 2009 8:54am

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Very nice shot! The LED lights are fantastic!

23 Dec 2009 8:55am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

Une superbe prise de vue nocturne, bonne exposition, bonne composition avec ces arbres éclairés.

23 Dec 2009 9:05am

Mistral from Kembs, France

Taina, El pare, Gina,Jaap, Loner, daniela scharnowski, Pixim, Carlos DUARTE, MARIANA, Curly, Benoit Darrieux, Francesc B., Marleen, Self-Indulgence
I wish you all a very nice and peaceful Christmes . See you hopefully again next year with impressive shots . Many greetings Mistral

23 Dec 2009 9:18am

@Mistral: Thank you, I always try and get around most of my visitors sites so I'll be seeing yours soon, have a good Christmas.

Florence from Paris, France

Lovely blueish lights to entertain our eyes !

23 Dec 2009 9:28am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot! Wonderful lighting. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may the year that follows be the best it can be!

23 Dec 2009 10:32am

@✿ Anina ✿: You can tell us how it was, Santa gets to you first!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very nice Christmas shot ! Lovely light :)

23 Dec 2009 10:51am

Kaushal from Groningen, Netherlands

beautiful picture!

23 Dec 2009 12:06pm

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Magnificent Christmas shot! Lovely. Season's Greetings to you!

23 Dec 2009 12:16pm

@MrsAmber: Greetings and best wishes to you too Kate.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Love the electric blue lights Curly! This is a super capture!! ;-)

23 Dec 2009 12:26pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars!!!!

23 Dec 2009 12:26pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Nice shot, i like the led lights, they look almost purple!

23 Dec 2009 12:33pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like your HDRs, but this straight shot is also nice. Merry Christmas !

23 Dec 2009 12:49pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful night shot with fantastic cold tones.

23 Dec 2009 1:00pm

@Vitor Martins: I sometimes get disappointed at others' night time shots, especially when the street lights produce terrible red/orange/yellow notes, most night scenes do not look that red to the human eye.

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

That's a fabulous shot, Curly and hard to believe there is no HDR treatment, as it positively bursts from my screen with an electricity. Utterly beautiful work

23 Dec 2009 1:26pm

@SOUL AFLAME: I'm sure it all has to do with getting the right white balance in the first place.

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful scenery and wonderful photo!

23 Dec 2009 1:28pm

Sophie from Doussard, France

very electric picture! the old tower is highlighted

23 Dec 2009 1:32pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Superbe composition, Merry Christmas

23 Dec 2009 1:47pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

great great and great! big vote! merry christmas!

23 Dec 2009 1:49pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nice, I love the blue LED lights.

23 Dec 2009 2:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous night shot . Beautiful blue lights are so special emphasizing the beauty of the white building.

23 Dec 2009 2:46pm

Álvaro from Cascais, Portugal

The Christmas ornaments enhance the simple beauty of this square.

23 Dec 2009 3:33pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

De jolies nuances sur cette photo, tout se marie à merveille!
Belles fêtes!

23 Dec 2009 3:40pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Magic lights of Christmas.........Excellent Memory,Curly.....'t was a song by Alan PRICE..........And what a song !!!!!

Happy Xmas to you ....

23 Dec 2009 4:55pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nicely done Curly...beautiful night shot!

23 Dec 2009 5:40pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

An electric shot Curly.
I liked the treatment on yesterday pic. Overcooked HDR works well on machinery enhancing its inherent alien qualities.

23 Dec 2009 5:47pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

I see: no HDR, but definitely has that effect! :)

23 Dec 2009 6:00pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

beautifully done

23 Dec 2009 6:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Gorgeous shot, Curly. As an afficionado of HDR, I hope that you are reading Trey Radcliff's new book (http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Note: on my computer, it takes awhile for everything to come up).

23 Dec 2009 6:13pm

@john4jack: "A world in HDR" looks great Jack. Most of my images here are compacted down to around 350 Kb, I thought that might be just about on some people's broadband limits, others with "phat pipes" of 10 Mb and higher will be laughing of course. I'm afraid those below around 2 Mb will suffer while the image unloads.

Diane from United States

The blue lights are making me feel cold.

Happy Holidays My Friend.

23 Dec 2009 6:25pm

Val37 from Tours, France

I wih you a merry christmas Curly !

23 Dec 2009 7:07pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

I wish you a merry chrismas, Curly

23 Dec 2009 7:38pm


looks like your chrismas is going to be a fairy tale, like the picture. beautiful. ahve a nice holiday and an excellent 2010

23 Dec 2009 8:19pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful shot!

23 Dec 2009 10:38pm

alex centrella from California, United States

trees in neon !

23 Dec 2009 10:41pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wonderful shot.....very nicely processed.....Happy Holidays!!!

23 Dec 2009 11:03pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal


23 Dec 2009 11:23pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Such a lovely shot Curly. Lights the square up beautifully! :)

24 Dec 2009 1:21am

Ajay from Pune, India

With the lighting and tree that market place looks very futuristic.

24 Dec 2009 1:49am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent shot, the blue looks beautiful !!

24 Dec 2009 3:13am

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

A lovely shot Curly.... Blue seems to be the "in" colour these days.

24 Dec 2009 4:53am

Tomix from landerneau, France

i like the blue tree!!! yes...that picture looks like hdr!

24 Dec 2009 5:22am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Curly, the slowness of my computer was with Trey's website. Your photos download lickity-split.

24 Dec 2009 6:55am

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

nice shot :)

24 Dec 2009 9:07am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful blues that you have captured here. I can only imagine how busy everything will be when they open. :-)

24 Dec 2009 1:34pm

Line from Chambly, Canada

Couleur électrique. Très belle image.

24 Dec 2009 4:18pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Electric blue. Awesome capture.

Meery Christmas Curly

24 Dec 2009 8:07pm

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Very lovely image of lights!!
Very sharp and crisp!

25 Dec 2009 2:28am

Je@n-M@rc from Nancy, France

Sympathique cette scène nocturne ...
Merry Christmas

27 Dec 2009 5:27pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

simply faaabulous blues!!!

29 Dec 2009 9:25pm

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