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Souter Lighthouse

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 31 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Souter lighthouse on the coast at Marsden, South Shields.

HDR tone mapped and processed from a single RAW file in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/1000 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm

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Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great contrast! i really like the saturation in the grass in the foreground. The path just leads your eye to the lighthouse! i really love this!

31 Jan 2010 5:25am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Love the stormy looking sky here and the shadows in the field. I'm sure it wasn't nearly that forboding looking but you do create some unique emotions with the hdr.

31 Jan 2010 5:33am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

I always enjoy your pictures, often different and original! but what I like most are the clouds! these wonderful clouds! so terrifying above a tranquil landscape!

31 Jan 2010 6:09am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I like the dramatic sky and the way you are drawn into the lighthouse. Good subject for the processing.

31 Jan 2010 6:23am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I am impressed using one file you got very good results! Great work and I like your composition here with the road leading my eye to the distant lighthouse! Great!!

31 Jan 2010 6:38am

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice! That sky is very threatening! But the lighthouse does catch the eye.

31 Jan 2010 6:55am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

très belle perspective

31 Jan 2010 7:01am

Hilde Morin from Portland, United States

Alfred Hitchcock! SPectacular scene. I love it!!

31 Jan 2010 7:36am

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Fabulous HDR Curly. That sky really lifts the image

31 Jan 2010 7:45am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i wud have love this compo even if its not HDRed. Well done

31 Jan 2010 8:40am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Nice landscape photo. Originally processed. The composition is good, and the sky a bit science fiction like.

31 Jan 2010 8:54am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

merveilleux paysage anglais

31 Jan 2010 9:11am

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

I follow the gravel path to the lighthouse ...Three beautiful elements here...water, land and sky. I feel just like the other, sky is wonderful proccessed.

31 Jan 2010 9:26am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Amazing perspective. Beautiful landscape

31 Jan 2010 9:44am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great lines and drama Curly!

31 Jan 2010 9:52am

Florence from Paris, France

No doubt, you're the master of tone mapping, the king of Photomatix ! I like the dramatic enhancement due to HDR.

31 Jan 2010 9:59am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~~really great shot Curley!!
the pathway leads right into the picture and lighthose.. well done!!

31 Jan 2010 10:05am

Ghassan from Baghdad, Iraq

Good lines and beautiful photo.

31 Jan 2010 10:19am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic lights and composition :)

31 Jan 2010 10:29am

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

Le HDR change complètement une photo, j'aime beaucoup ce que ça donne !

31 Jan 2010 10:49am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Absolute intriguing... the narrow path leads my eyes directly to the lighthouse and the clouds are heralding the approaching storm...

Simply... great.

31 Jan 2010 11:24am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A perfect edition. Magnifico HDR domain! The landscape composition is excellent with a good perspective ... The sky is spectacular!

31 Jan 2010 11:34am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely textures and composition. The eye led straight to the lighthouse by the path. I have to stop saying this, but I would have wound the HDR down a bit for a more naturalistic landscape shot myself, but I guess it's a personal taste thing ;)

31 Jan 2010 11:42am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

GGGGreat ! I like HDR, especially yours !

31 Jan 2010 12:48pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful sky and perspective ! actually I'm not fond of HDR ;-) but it's a nice realisation !

31 Jan 2010 12:50pm

asphaltfee from vienna, Austria

amazing colours and processing!

31 Jan 2010 1:04pm

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely lines leading the eye! Love the processing as ever!

31 Jan 2010 1:41pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

I really like this, good use of lead in lines and primary colour on the main focal point. I don't find the processing over the top, I can imagine just such a miserable day when the sun suddenly breaks through and lights up the ground.

31 Jan 2010 2:01pm

Manu from Lynchburg, Va, United States

wonderful picture!

31 Jan 2010 2:02pm

Alan from Manila, Philippines

The lines lead to the subject and the lighthouse, even if it is quite small, stands out also because it contrasted against the monochromatic horizon and sky. Stunning!

31 Jan 2010 2:25pm

Don Wiley from spokane, United States

The troubled sky makes quite a canopy for this lighthouse and buildings at the end of this walkway. Looks like a wonderful place for hiking along the ocean.

31 Jan 2010 2:33pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the heavy atmosphere.

31 Jan 2010 2:37pm

Krishna Muroor from Bangalore, India

Very ompressive. That green clour is very well contrasting the brown grass. And even the cloud and the path match very well.
Also Curly, My Sincere apologies. By mistake i posted 'already posted' pic as the fifth in the series in my blog. Please wait for the correct one on Feb 1st and revise your feedback

31 Jan 2010 3:03pm

madagasca from singapore, Singapore

wow... very beautiful Curly. The path just lead me to the lighthouse!

31 Jan 2010 3:11pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very beautiful image. An HDR nicely done.

31 Jan 2010 3:40pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Incredible sky--looks like a storm is on the way! Hope that lighthouse still works!

31 Jan 2010 3:42pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wonderful shot...superbly processed....don't ya just love how you can salvage a grouping of shots, by just opening one of them in photomatix??? what a dreamy program, when you know how to make it work!!!!

31 Jan 2010 3:58pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great shot :)

31 Jan 2010 3:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

The path creates an outstanding leading line to the lighthouse. HDR creates dynamite skies. I dragged your photograph over to LR 2 and did a down and dirty conversion to B&W. I love it in monochrome.

31 Jan 2010 4:00pm

@john4jack: I bet it does, I'll have a go at it one night during the week.

alex centrella from California, United States

the path to the lighthouse ...well caught !

31 Jan 2010 4:15pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A great HDR… The result is nice

31 Jan 2010 5:07pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Love the path leading to the light house and great tone mapping!

31 Jan 2010 5:36pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

a threatening sky, end of world ! I like the opposition of the sky colour and the one of the ground

31 Jan 2010 5:48pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Love it

31 Jan 2010 6:12pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great sky.

31 Jan 2010 6:17pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Contraste des lumières, un ciel bien chargé prêt à exploser et une terre lumineuse, ensoleillée!
Bonne soirée!

31 Jan 2010 6:36pm

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

Curly, fantastic work with your HDR. I wished I could do that. Maybe one of these days I can learn it, for now, I am just trying to find my way around PSE7. One step at a time :)

31 Jan 2010 7:05pm

@Marion: Remember, there are millions of tutorials out there on the internet, no need to go out buying books!

bahar from tehran, Iran

brillianr shot!

31 Jan 2010 7:07pm

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

perfect shot Curly. I didn't expect anything less from you. Great fresh colors on the ground and a wonderful contrast to the dark cloudy sky. I like the perspective view to the light tower.

31 Jan 2010 7:37pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

great shot - the colours are great and the path takes you right to the key subject - as if the bright red wasn't enough. A lovely shot

31 Jan 2010 7:53pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Just before the Storm !!! What a sky !!!

31 Jan 2010 7:57pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
The sky looks like before a big storm. The color reproduction of the scene like that. I wish you a pleasant evening. Dear greetings Christel

31 Jan 2010 8:13pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A very threatening sky Curly! Well done! ;-)

31 Jan 2010 8:31pm

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Very dramatic sensation looking into this shot. The sky seems low and racing. Very creative

31 Jan 2010 8:35pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

A superb composition , I like the framing of the path !

31 Jan 2010 8:45pm

Irene from France

Great postprocessing !

31 Jan 2010 8:48pm

hatsumi from Valenca, Spain

Great composition! I like the clouds, they are so dramatic.

31 Jan 2010 9:20pm

eva from Rouen, France

impressive ! I like the red element !

31 Jan 2010 9:22pm

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

A strong image with the intense sky and footpath.

31 Jan 2010 9:38pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

This is one of your better HDR, the enhancement of the sky and the green road leading to it.

31 Jan 2010 9:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A dramatic lighthouse shot for sure. I love that path leading to the lighthouse.

31 Jan 2010 10:09pm

Jeremy from Canberra, Australia

Well all the work you must have out into the processing as certainly paid off. It is magnificent!

31 Jan 2010 10:40pm

mang Anto from Bandung, Indonesia


1 Feb 2010 12:03am

PShorten from West Chester, United States

Love it!! I've got to learn about HDR!

1 Feb 2010 12:23am

John from New York, United States

nice shot Curly, that lighthouse really stands out against the sky.

1 Feb 2010 1:26am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Curly.....I love this path leading to the lighthouse with the VERY green grass around it....wishing to see some of that nice green grass around here real soon! ;) Awesome ominous sky :)

1 Feb 2010 1:27am

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Love it!! great HDR... I have become a fan of HDR. Also great compo.

1 Feb 2010 1:44am

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Really nicely done Curly. I like it very much.

1 Feb 2010 3:14am

Stefan from Savannah GA, United States

Great Detail, what a great hdr, nice work!!

1 Feb 2010 3:37am

Christian from Stockholm, Sweden

Nice colours & a great dramatic scene ,-)

1 Feb 2010 7:38am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

beautiful landscape, I love the lower part. the upper portion seems to have much halo but that's just me :)

1 Feb 2010 8:43am

B♦nΛng∠e from Paris, France

Very nice effect.

1 Feb 2010 10:16am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Nice dramatic path, clouds r terrific !!

1 Feb 2010 10:34am

Petra from Tilburg, Netherlands

wo, love this one!

1 Feb 2010 10:56am


very nice shot!

1 Feb 2010 11:25am

pascal from France

could you present this picture in black and white....?

1 Feb 2010 6:02pm

@pascal: Ooh....I'll have a think about it.

K.B.R from Switzerland

nice perspective!

1 Feb 2010 6:15pm

Wenche from Oslo, Norway

Hi, there! LOVE your pics! They are in a mystical, magical place between reality and surreal - drama and fantasy! (For me.) Thanks for posting a comment and helping with the technical side to my pics - camera (Canon 500D) is new....no clue on exposure/manual pics.....so; looking for the manual...he, he... (If nothing else works...read the manual!) 8-)

1 Feb 2010 7:17pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

excellent composition, and your colours are most beautiful, would love to walk there =)

1 Feb 2010 9:30pm

Mike from California, United States

Great use of HDR...my eye is drawn right to the lighthouse !

1 Feb 2010 10:14pm

k@ from Paris, France

I like this one a lot, colors and path are so inviting

2 Feb 2010 9:57am

Gonzata from Santiago, Chile

Great shot. Love the treatment.

2 Feb 2010 10:36am

Martin from North Platte, United States

leading likes, beautiful sky, great colors, Your doing amazing work my friend :) Wish I was there.

2 Feb 2010 11:37pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Cool shot!

3 Feb 2010 3:28am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

Very great treatment on this one!

3 Feb 2010 4:28pm

Frames from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Great processing. I like the diagonal perspective.

4 Feb 2010 12:45am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Breath taking!!!

4 Feb 2010 4:02am

Chris Giovannis from Sydney, Australia

You certainly have your own style happening here. Great shot and processing!

4 Feb 2010 9:19am

pierrot from Bischoffsheim, France

belle composition, belles perspectives

4 Feb 2010 8:05pm

Maeva from Tahiti, French Polynesia

wonderful! nothing more to say !

5 Feb 2010 10:34pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Nice land/sea scape wonderful sky and I like the lighthouse , great

7 Feb 2010 10:56am

1/1000 second
ISO 200
18 mm