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Under a weeping willow.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 13 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The start of a seven day series showing you some scenes of the historic and beautiful city of Durham. For many years Durham was the administrative centre of the Palatine County and it's famous cathedral houses the remains of the northern saints Bede, Cuthbert, and Oswald. The cathedral is a UNESCO world heritage site and is perhaps the finest Norman building in Europe.

This is a view of the River Wear as it snakes around the mound where the cathedral and castle were built, an ideal spot for enjoying summer picnics.

A three shot HDR made in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/250 second F/6.7 ISO 200 55 mm

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rem_la from France

comme un petit coin de paradis !

13 Jun 2010 5:17am

@rem_la: Il est sûr que quand le soleil brille.

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

An awesome place! I love the combination of blue and green, and the group of people adds a feeling of summer, outdoor pic-nics and holidays. The tones of green of the trees are outstanding. Speaking of green, one of my favorite colors, I felt very sorry for the Mr. Green yesterday.

13 Jun 2010 6:02am

@Sonia Nansid: Ouch! Yes it was a major faux pas.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est vert ! Bon dimanche

13 Jun 2010 6:44am

@jpla: Oui, les verts merveilleux J'ai pensé aussi, avoir un bon week-end.

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Curly, I'm delighted to see your images of greenery. This image really shows the summer splendour of your corner of the world!

13 Jun 2010 7:34am

@Skyriani: Trouble is, we are back under grey skies and rain again this weekend!

Florence from Paris, France

How green. How peaceful. An ideal place to spend some times with family or friends. Really awesome.

13 Jun 2010 8:13am

@Florence: Durham is a pretty special little city to visit any time of the year Florence, particularly for its history.

trilliana from Munich, Germany

fantastic composition!!! wow.

13 Jun 2010 8:29am

@trilliana: I wanted to keep this one simple and isolate the little picnic crowd on one of the "thirds"

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Curly excellent explanation! Wonderful composition ... "Breakfast on the grass? Magnificent forest filled with cedars and willows ... wonderful!

13 Jun 2010 9:35am

@Fonts: I have probably made it look like a forest Adela, but it is really only a river bank.

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

The scene is highlighted in a corner and is very interesting, tells a story. Looks like a picture of Hooper. Beautiful!

13 Jun 2010 9:42am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

One of my favourite places in the UK, I have been here several times, lovely first image

13 Jun 2010 9:43am

@P J W Miller: The problem for me is that I take much of it for granted because it's right on my doorstep!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very interestingly framed

13 Jun 2010 10:10am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

lovely greens !! I like the people touch of colors. (Funny .....Durham is a subject I've just followed here : http://www.endlessinstant.com/photoblog/p/85

13 Jun 2010 11:01am

@Veronique: You have opened my eyes, I wasn't aware of these photography nights in the cathedral, I shall have to learn more, I must get involved in one of these! I am now dreaming of a full blown 7 or 9 shot HDR of the nave!

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

AN intresting placement of the people having the picnic!
Lovely green !
Also a great Dynamic range !

13 Jun 2010 11:06am

@dr pankaj shukla: I am hoping that you will see one or two shots with huge dynamic range over the next few days.

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

What a lovely place... and a wonderful HDR result, Curly... Have a nice sunday!

13 Jun 2010 11:30am

@Magrat: Come back and see some more pictures of Durham over the next few days, it's a great place!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

An idyllic place for a picnic! Well seen and captured Curly! ;-)

13 Jun 2010 12:14pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a cool perspective of a beautiful area, the group sure seems to be enjoying a nice day in the park

13 Jun 2010 12:42pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

sympatic family BBQ or picnic

13 Jun 2010 12:49pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

lovely angle, you got them from a perfect gap

13 Jun 2010 1:08pm

@Krunal: Yeah, two steps to the right and they would have been hidden forever!

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Very nice place. Thanks for your information about this city!

13 Jun 2010 1:13pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*********

13 Jun 2010 1:42pm

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

very nice view . it must be a fantastic place to enjoy !

13 Jun 2010 2:00pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

wonderful shot graham.....looks like not much of a breeze.....a must for hdr, ey? really like the composition here......the picnic people really add to this....isn't it easy to just look right past the beauty that you pass on a regular basis? Nice to go back and see things, with fresh eyes.....

13 Jun 2010 2:03pm

@Susan: There was a gentle breeze hence the decision not to stop the lens down too far, I wanted the three shot auto bracketed burst to be at fairly high speeds.

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

WOW - very nice capture - and my favourite tree! Excellent seen and done, Curly ***** :-)

13 Jun 2010 2:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Love the framing of the group. Superb realistic HDR. Am looking forward to version 4.

13 Jun 2010 2:22pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

interesting compo

13 Jun 2010 2:55pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful framing of the group within the trees. Seems like a perfect spot for a picnic.

13 Jun 2010 5:50pm

Majo from Mumbai, India

simply beautiful

13 Jun 2010 5:59pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super - all that green and that tiny group of people........like it.

13 Jun 2010 7:33pm

Martin from Peterborough, United Kingdom

Nice subtle use of HDR on an excellently composed image.Bet the fishing is good here too :) Looking forward to seeing and reading more:)

13 Jun 2010 7:58pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

looking forward to this as I've wanted to visit for some time...

13 Jun 2010 8:12pm

Philip from Reading,, United Kingdom

What a superb shot. very pastoral.

13 Jun 2010 8:25pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice Shot !!!

13 Jun 2010 9:20pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very nice. I liked learning some of this history. Would be great to sit beneath these branches.

13 Jun 2010 9:42pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful composition! Love this view,textures and colors! Beautifully done and very creative! I wish I was there!

13 Jun 2010 11:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like that perfect window on the picnic. A lush and beautiful image.

14 Jun 2010 1:39am

Genevieve E. from Oakland, United States

what an awesome discovery. and picture perfect

14 Jun 2010 3:21am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Marvelous composition. You have shown us a nice view.

14 Jun 2010 4:54am

shoti from somewhere in, China

beautiful composition Curly. I like how the sea of greens were slightly interrupted by blue at the side.

14 Jun 2010 2:53pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wow, a stunning composition, the greens alone are spectacular, but with this group of people its an excellent photograph!

14 Jun 2010 7:41pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


15 Jun 2010 4:54am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Very beautiful composition.

15 Jun 2010 4:36pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

a lovely hidden view point

15 Jun 2010 7:59pm

Azadeh from Japan

love the calmness

17 Jun 2010 4:37am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Great upper capture...nice...

17 Jun 2010 7:14am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Sound of Music?

19 Jun 2010 9:28pm

1/250 second
ISO 200
55 mm