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Leave through the gate please.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 3 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.

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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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

I love that gate!! Well done, Curly.

3 Mar 2010 5:36am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great hdr, looks magical

3 Mar 2010 5:59am

@Chris Pereira: Chris, can I invite you to return and read what I posted about this series of pictures?

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Great series Curly, amazing!

3 Mar 2010 7:02am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Vraiment très sympa

Bonne journée

3 Mar 2010 7:26am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Nice gate!

3 Mar 2010 8:26am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

congratulations;dear curly 5*

3 Mar 2010 8:39am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Thanks for the processing explanation, I haven't heard of this plugin, but the look is similar.

3 Mar 2010 8:41am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

You strike again with this plug, well processed pal

3 Mar 2010 8:54am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Extraordinary image.. excellent processing..

3 Mar 2010 9:15am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Dreamy. Otherwordly. Has the gate been covered in a shroud? Works beautifully with the sky. Great!

3 Mar 2010 9:48am

@Bettina: Looks like some sort of net to prevent starlings from roosting there, Newcastle has a huge problem with these birds.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

These images have been an eye opener in terms of processing..I really like what you do - thanks for listing the process you use to obtain this..one day I hope to have a chance to have a go myself at this sort of shot!

3 Mar 2010 9:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I was surprised to know this not to be HDR. The gate is really attractive and the clouds is mysterious.

3 Mar 2010 11:08am

Eros from tehran, Iran

very nice series

3 Mar 2010 11:26am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful work Curly! Congratulations on a superb series! ;-)

3 Mar 2010 12:30pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Astonishing ! And I like it a lot

3 Mar 2010 2:53pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

to tell you the truth, I like the subject matter but I am not sure if I like the processing - feels a bit too much to me! :(

3 Mar 2010 3:03pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

even stronger HDR. This time I think it gets in the way just a little

3 Mar 2010 3:07pm

alex centrella from California, United States

there is lots going on here...my eye seems to wonder off into different directions..dont know if its a good thing..

3 Mar 2010 3:46pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very strange colours. What planet is that? :-)

3 Mar 2010 5:15pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

WOW what an amazing setup and amazign shot of it, the Lucas plug it does give an amazing depth to this

3 Mar 2010 5:47pm

Aniya from Tehran, Iran

its vibrating in my eyes

3 Mar 2010 6:07pm

Burdigala ecosse from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Absolutly amazing! The colours, the textures, the architecture.. everything is beautiful

3 Mar 2010 6:19pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


3 Mar 2010 6:31pm

Gildas from Montreuil-sous-Bois, France

Un tableau d'une réelle beauté,j'aime beaucoup.

3 Mar 2010 7:07pm

Francine from Buire le sec, France

I like very much the way you are doing such pictures. Cheers Curly from Morocco.

3 Mar 2010 7:38pm

Florence from Paris, France

Not HDR but looks like HDR. Great and powerful illusion. Suits so well this huge chinese and colorful door.

3 Mar 2010 8:52pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

great treatment a very rich pic

3 Mar 2010 9:34pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

The processing allows so much detail to be seen. I like the red which is very dominant. The stadium in the background is interesting.

3 Mar 2010 9:57pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

The top of the arch looks like it is wrapped in a spider web. Lot's to keep your mind busy.

3 Mar 2010 10:01pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Love the detail that is captured in the patterns on the gate. But that netting sure takes away from the great ornamentation seen below it. Is the netting something permanent in nature, to perhaps keep birds out/away?

3 Mar 2010 10:24pm

@Steven: Yes Steve I believe it is, which is a pity because much of the original detail becomes hidden from view.

chuck from valdosta,ga., United States

Curly, would this be basicaly the same process as tone mapping a single image in photomatix ?

3 Mar 2010 10:57pm

@chuck: No Chuck, this plug in offers a range of artistic effects which alter the details and/or smoothness in a localised range of pixels without affecting the original light levels.

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


4 Mar 2010 12:33am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

A ha....and the secret is out......I've seen this program before, but wasn't exactly able to afford it at the time....it's one that's on my wish list......(at least the new camera is no longer on the wish list!!)...Love what you do with this!!!

4 Mar 2010 12:57am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Wonderful...very creative ! Looks like a painting.

4 Mar 2010 12:58am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

New blog name for me.......if i'm on your blogwatch....gotta change it....Now, I'm at:

4 Mar 2010 2:13am

Adam from Adelaide, Australia

I think the filters applied really do work well with the extraordinary detail in the gate, and the stadium behind.

4 Mar 2010 2:24am

Karthik from Bangalore, India

Superb work... Loved it

4 Mar 2010 2:44am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

wonderful picture ! Nice processing

4 Mar 2010 3:47am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I like this series with the over the top post processing, I guess you had a lot of fun!

4 Mar 2010 4:02am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Very very OTT the last few shots.It turns the real world into something very different !!

4 Mar 2010 11:26am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great hdr!!

4 Mar 2010 11:06pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

amazing colors, I didnt realize you had such a high Chinese population there? thats really interesting, Iv really enjoyed this series btw.. great work as usual.

5 Mar 2010 12:01am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Very beautiful and surreal looking photo with the processing! Nice work :)

5 Mar 2010 3:05am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Is this real....

5 Mar 2010 10:42am

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Ah we've got one of them in Liverpool...............must try this Lucisart

6 Mar 2010 8:50am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Spectacular color.

7 Mar 2010 12:01am

Lori from Michigan, United States

thank you for sharing how you made this amazing picture!

7 Mar 2010 7:55pm

Mike from California, United States

Nice series of images, I enjoyed viewing them.

8 Mar 2010 6:03am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

That was an interesting series..also followed your link and explored the plug-in...unique..had never heard of it..as for this image here its awesome...great details and colors..and quite similar to the Montreal china town entrance..thanks

13 Mar 2010 3:20pm

Joyce from Emigrant, United States

Hi, trying to choose a favorite of your fascinating takes was impossible. They are many very surreal. I love the captured fine detail, that yet blends in with the overall image. I recognize some of the applications that photoshop offers that allow you to alter reality, make Art of the great scenes and portraits you focusss on. What a gift to everyone. I can actually feel your great affection and appreciation for life as recorded in your images.

21 Feb 2011 3:02pm

@Joyce: Thanks for your comments Joyce, digital photography for me opened a whole new array of possibilities for artistic interpretation, in a way that I did not find possible with 35mm.

simplyDoTa from Manila, Philippines

wow! all praises for this one. good job

9 Feb 2012 10:52am

1/1000 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)