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Leading the lion.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 March 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A series of shots taken during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle -Upon-Tyne on 14th. February 2010. Newcastle is our regional capital and is only a few miles along the River Tyne from South Shields, the celebration lasted most of the the day and attracted huge crowds.

Much of the activity centred around Stowell Street which is the cultural base for a large oriental community.

Here the lion is led to it's next venue having danced to bring luck and prosperity to a Japanese tepenyaki restaurant at the foot of Bath Lane.

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/4.5 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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dang from Atlanta, United States

The HDR appears much like an engraving, Unusual effect.
Good series.

1 Mar 2010 5:10am

Rags from Plano, United States

Very outstanding image.

1 Mar 2010 5:27am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

I really like the selective coloring and hdr here, it makes the picture look even more magical!

1 Mar 2010 6:20am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I like the selective colouring

1 Mar 2010 6:26am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa avec cette desat partielle

Bonne journée

1 Mar 2010 6:46am

erfi anugrah from Singapore, Singapore

Nice effect, and unusual.

1 Mar 2010 7:02am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

top one shot

1 Mar 2010 7:20am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Brilliant shot!

1 Mar 2010 7:49am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice one - good choice for selective colouring.

1 Mar 2010 8:43am

khadi from New Delhi, India

Fascinating image! The use of the post-processing and selective colourisation make this a very unique photo.

1 Mar 2010 8:59am

LM from Aix en Provence, France

nice post processing, well done

1 Mar 2010 9:19am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very interesting effect!

1 Mar 2010 9:35am

GH from Ker, France

Very very beautiful almost journalistic treatment for a perception of marvels...

1 Mar 2010 10:32am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Like in an old book but ..there is the little dragon in color ! great !

1 Mar 2010 10:33am

Hinah from Karachi, Pakistan

wow! crisp shot...

1 Mar 2010 11:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A graphic transformation

1 Mar 2010 11:19am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful use of selective colouring Curly! Well done! ;-)

1 Mar 2010 1:00pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Curious and enjoying processing , well done , Phil.

1 Mar 2010 1:28pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

good selective colour for this picture-culture !!! :):)
very good !

1 Mar 2010 1:32pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Newcastle celebrates in style- I like how you keep your way of treating the picture it gives an atmosphere that is quite special.

1 Mar 2010 1:36pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

Impressive work!

1 Mar 2010 1:45pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Super! this is more than beautiful!

1 Mar 2010 4:18pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

The processing is so great

1 Mar 2010 4:34pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture seen here with great selective coloring. And the B & W treatment has a nice deep contrast. Another successful treatment in HDR.

1 Mar 2010 5:26pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the image and the processing

1 Mar 2010 5:32pm

Charles B. from Mably, France

Le sentiment d'étrangeté est accentué par le traitement en N&B et couleur partiel.

1 Mar 2010 5:40pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great composition, Curly

1 Mar 2010 5:53pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

So good that this is mostly in black and white except for the Chinese artist...that way he is standing out so colorfully!

1 Mar 2010 6:00pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

good treatment. It really works well on this subject

1 Mar 2010 6:14pm

Sergio from Navalmoral de la Mata, Spain

The effect is impressive!!

1 Mar 2010 6:20pm

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible costume indeed ! The selective desaturation adds a lot of power to your HDR and image. Well done.

1 Mar 2010 7:04pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Hey, Curly - this really has some eye-popping 3-D effect going. I had to laugh - it seriously looks as though the dragon has bitten off the lower third of this poor official's arm. And his expression seems one of constrained alarm - "Oh my, this could be a bit of a problem." Again, very engaging work.

1 Mar 2010 7:08pm

Curly from United Kingdom

How about taking a photograph instead of HDRing everything you do. How much time do you spend on you PC as opposed to in the field?

1 Mar 2010 7:53pm

@Curly: Well on this photographic jaunt we spent six hours there, took over 200 shots, the most important first hour is spent deciding which ones are "the keepers". I'm retired so time isn't a big issue for me.

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Perfect use of selective coloring here! And don't listen to Curly from Syria... ;-)

1 Mar 2010 8:15pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States


1 Mar 2010 8:39pm

Belén from Salamanca, Spain

Magnifica HDR. Mis felicitaciones Curly:)

1 Mar 2010 8:57pm

Marianne from Toulouse, France

a very good work here !!! congratulations !

1 Mar 2010 9:15pm

Scott Rippee from Fresno, United States

That's great. Nice job with the color isolation

1 Mar 2010 9:18pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Superb tonemapping and the selective coloring is spot on!

1 Mar 2010 9:32pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Great crowd too. It is fun to look at the people in these images.

1 Mar 2010 10:13pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

A great composition, verry nice the selective coloring!!

1 Mar 2010 10:30pm

theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful photographic, really beautiful realization.

1 Mar 2010 10:32pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

ok, question number one.....Did you ask yourself a question, up above???? Curly asking Curly??? Could there really be 2 of you???? Your processing skills on this image are just SUPERB ....can't wait till that explanation appears later this week!!!!

2 Mar 2010 12:12am

bronzebilly u.k. from Barry,Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Hey Curly m'lad..you seem to be getting the hang of this h.d.r. process..*-))..I'll have to give it a go myself..!!
This shot is a beauty,pal :-
Great perspective and presentation..

2 Mar 2010 12:15am

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very good work, as usual!

2 Mar 2010 12:31am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Embossment effect!!! Wonderful Chinese tradition!

2 Mar 2010 1:10am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Curly, your images always have so much to look at!

2 Mar 2010 2:09am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I really like the post processing with the focus on the beautiful colored lion, great street shot!

2 Mar 2010 4:58am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Nice work!

2 Mar 2010 5:28am

STEED from Gueret, France

You're really an ARTIST !!!

2 Mar 2010 10:07am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Stellar! I love your interpretation of the scene with the camera, the selective color is fantastic. You and I had slightly similar ideas as when I went to the Chinese New Year Parade in NYC in 2009, seen here.

2 Mar 2010 2:11pm

@Yonatan: They really are fantastic events to cover and offer so many opportunities, your picture of the prone lion is excellent.

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Really original and Love this concept of picture creation ! Well captured !

2 Mar 2010 2:46pm

mike from viols le fort, France

Bravo pour ce cut out très réussi.

2 Mar 2010 5:21pm

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

This is absolutely one of your top-ten photos. Such a wonderful effecy with b-w with a little touch of color. Congratulations for a good work!

2 Mar 2010 6:13pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

CNY was also Valentine's was also Daytona 500 Day and.. so I missed both Valentine's and Chinese New year. Hubby says.. it's Nascar Day!.. what is all this other stuff?! ;) Fun dragon shot. I have always loved these costumes.

2 Mar 2010 8:30pm

Alan from Manila, Philippines

I love the post-processing. It separates the subject from the rest making the picture more focused.

2 Mar 2010 10:42pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Excelente. Tratamiento y edición final de 5*. Enhorabuena.

2 Mar 2010 11:23pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

one of my favorites among the whole series. the processing and choice of composition is fits the whole scene very well.

4 Mar 2010 2:36am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

One day I'll learn to change color selectively in PS. Very nice!!!

4 Mar 2010 5:07am

Angela Anderson-Cobb from Detroit, United States

I love the use of selective color in this one. Really tells a story here!

4 Mar 2010 11:12pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

For some reason seems also spooky in a sci-fi way.

7 Mar 2010 12:05am

Evelyn from Berkeley, United States

Cool! looks like an etched news print.

7 Mar 2010 10:33pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Awesome work...and i like that the folks there seem engaged in this parade...super

13 Mar 2010 3:09pm

1/180 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)