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.
This huge traditional Chinese gateway was erected through the joint efforts of the Chinese community and Newcastle City Council, it is situated at the junction of St. Andrew's Street and Stowell Street and behind it towers St. James' Park, the home of Newcastle United football club. This is where we left at the end of the day.
Many of you have wondered how these pictures were processed, I have NOT used HDR, these RAW files were converted in Adobe Camera Raw and then saved as .jpgs which were then imported into Photoshop. From there I employed the LucisArt 3 ED/SE plug-in, (including the double portrait black and white shot) which has a variety of interesting artistic features. Sorry that many of you thought that they were HDRs.
I hope you enjoyed this series, I return to pictures of South Shields tomorrow with a short series of HDRs taken in the Marsden Bay area, which I'm sure you will like.
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