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The Old Town Hall

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 November 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Well, the little door on the right used to house the office of the Market Superintendant, don't know what its original use was.

It was built in 1768 by the Dean and Chapter of Durham and served as our principle public building until the new Town Hall was opened in 1910, it survived the blitz in WWll and was fully restored in 1977. The central column at ground level is reputed to be all that remains of an earlier Market Cross.

Three shots to make the HDR, processed in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 800 18 mm

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StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautifully captured...awesome colors and details...lovely work

1 Nov 2010 5:08am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine

Excellent! I coud not hold three shots hand held at 1/30 of a second to save my life.

1 Nov 2010 6:20am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent 5*****

1 Nov 2010 6:40am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like it a lot. 5 stars !

1 Nov 2010 7:03am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Super processing and composition

1 Nov 2010 7:07am

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Superbe jadore ces vieilles pierres !!!

1 Nov 2010 7:42am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

Great work!

1 Nov 2010 8:14am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden


1 Nov 2010 8:57am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Love the texture.. excellent processing.

1 Nov 2010 9:16am

Mithun from palakkad, kerela/Bangalore, India

Very good processing, nice HDR

1 Nov 2010 9:24am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Un très joli endroit

Bonne journée

1 Nov 2010 10:35am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Well chosen angle to show the imposing archway and the door. Great processing result; and I’m sure it does justice to the restoration work.

1 Nov 2010 10:46am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I think it may have been the entrance to the debtor's prison cells. Nicely captured Curly! ;-)

1 Nov 2010 11:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb HDR. I like the textures.

1 Nov 2010 11:34am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Lobe the POV andd excellent post processing on this, the brickwork shines

1 Nov 2010 12:04pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful texture and tones. nice compo

1 Nov 2010 12:08pm

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

This almost looks like it´s been drawn !!! Nice one..

1 Nov 2010 12:11pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Curly, you are back to your amazing HDR work! Love the warm tones in this, like old leather. It is just so inviting! The bench looks like a great place to take an afternoon nap!

1 Nov 2010 1:54pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Gritty walls smooth bench, lovely!

1 Nov 2010 2:41pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a beautiful warm contrast that the bench has with its very textured surroundings. Great lighting as well.

1 Nov 2010 3:18pm

zecarlos from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice HDR process. Congrats.

1 Nov 2010 3:18pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

gran trabajo , bien

1 Nov 2010 3:23pm

Florence from Paris, France

This powerful HDR perfectly suits/enhnaces these old stones.

1 Nov 2010 4:35pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Amazing colors, great composition! Love the processing! I have no idea how you achieve this colors but beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! A+++++

1 Nov 2010 7:21pm

christiansaboya from mataro, Spain

woow, spectacular technique, very well done

1 Nov 2010 8:29pm

Anika from tehran, Iran

Excellent photo and stunning...

1 Nov 2010 8:38pm

Formerly Known at MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Like an illustration. Good processing.

1 Nov 2010 8:41pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good contrast between the textures of bench and brick!

1 Nov 2010 8:46pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture

1 Nov 2010 9:49pm

Julie from Easton, United States

I loveeeeeeeee old doors like that! Just awesome processing once again!

1 Nov 2010 10:47pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

great image....love the processing !

1 Nov 2010 11:52pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Quality processing Curly, very artistic.

2 Nov 2010 12:01am

Mohammad from mashhad, Iran

niceeeeeeeeeee HDR

2 Nov 2010 12:31am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I really love this processing, it makes it look surreal but real if you know what I mean.

2 Nov 2010 2:43am

rA from 沈阳(Shenyang), China

I think you are totally fond of colors and details! The photo is impressive.

2 Nov 2010 5:29am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful HDR, I like it very much!

2 Nov 2010 9:03am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing shot...Great Job.

2 Nov 2010 9:53am

Mici from Toronto, Canada

Great processing here

2 Nov 2010 6:27pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Awesome shot and detail...I like the subtle light glare on the bench...I like your perspective!

2 Nov 2010 8:25pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love it.

2 Nov 2010 9:05pm

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

great painted effect - works really well on this one

2 Nov 2010 10:03pm

Katherine from Amsterdam, Netherlands

The colours are striking, good work

3 Nov 2010 8:32pm

Dave Hill from Nether Langwith, United Kingdom

Nice post processing

4 Nov 2010 7:51pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

es como una pintura hecha realidad
me encanta el tratamiento que le has dado

5 Nov 2010 6:30pm

apodromos from chalkida, Greece

impressive color and light - I Like it.

6 Nov 2010 12:12pm

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Great subject for hdr! Nice job!

8 Nov 2010 3:46pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great HDR! Well done! I love how the walls seem to glow...

8 Nov 2010 9:17pm

Helena from San Sebastian, Spain

Great processing here, Curly! Love the bunch of detail on the rock walls and the angle you chose taking the picture! Regards!

10 Nov 2010 4:37pm

Maria Draper from California, United States

Thank you so much for your numerous comments and visits. I appreciate them very much.
You do wonderful work, yourself...this is a very well done image...I love it!
Best wishes,

13 Nov 2010 9:32pm

Sirish from Los Angeles, United States

oh man...this is like a painting...brilliant stuff

18 Nov 2010 6:13am

1/30 second
ISO 800
18 mm