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Sunset at the Town Hall

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 24 November 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The setting autumn sun provides oodles of warm light as it bathes the front of South Shields Town Hall.

Three hand held shots to make this HDR using Photomatix Pro 4, you will notice how much cleaner the results are in this new version.

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 200 18 mm

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NaDu from Köln, Germany

An image supernaturally clear very well to let the eyes walk around. I'd be curious whether it would be ever crisper by using a tripod and making the aperture smaller.

24 Nov 2010 6:36am

@NaDu: Yes and no to be honest. The larger aperture was chosen for faster shutter speeds during the three shot burst. There was also some movement in the plants on the right hand side, so a smaller aperture may have made them sharper, but the slower shutter speed will have shown even more movement, which I wanted to avoid. I don't think the building would have appeared any sharper than it is now.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely capture of the warm autumn light. I like the contrast of the shadow line across the building.

24 Nov 2010 6:54am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5*****

24 Nov 2010 7:08am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe lumière sur ce bâtiment

Bonne journée

24 Nov 2010 7:18am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Warm autumn light.............Superb !!!

24 Nov 2010 7:38am

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

What a magnificent building, and you got that quite right in HDR.

24 Nov 2010 7:46am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Lovely light.

24 Nov 2010 8:47am

christiansaboya from mataro, Spain

Superb work, very well composed as always!
Have a nice day!!!

24 Nov 2010 9:44am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Yes, very clean, almost, not there, which is(I assume) what you want

24 Nov 2010 9:49am

@CElliottUK: I guess you are referring to noise levels Chris.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Beautiful results-it looks so natural.

24 Nov 2010 11:07am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Absolutely, Photomatix 4 gives great results. Beautiful architecture also. Have a great day Curly :)

24 Nov 2010 11:09am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old WestWales boy), Germany

A realy nice bit of composition here !! I´m still using "Oleneo photo engine" as a free download to play with HDR.This is another fine example of what can be done using a good program !!

24 Nov 2010 11:36am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Looks like an interesting product Ant. Wonder how much they will charge for it one the beta testing is over?

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

I love the way you brought the shadows up here, Curly. Great framing and fine processing.

24 Nov 2010 12:01pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely light. The shadows and the town hall construction in yellow light look wonderful

24 Nov 2010 12:48pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful play of light and shadow in this capture Curly! Beautifully framed! ;-)

24 Nov 2010 1:27pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

superbe bâtiment.
je vous souhaite une bonne après midi

24 Nov 2010 3:03pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Sorry Curly, no I meant the HDR'ness- you were talking about "Three hand held shots to make this HDR using Photomatix Pro 4, you will notice how much cleaner the results are"

24 Nov 2010 3:08pm

@CElliottUK: Right........got ya. Yes it is a much more natural and realistic HDR result, but still giving a huge gamut of colour, light, and texture. Definitely closer to what the eye actually sees.

salva from burgos, Spain

Excellent perspective. Well done!

24 Nov 2010 4:14pm

Annette from Brielle, Netherlands

Wishing I was there! Wonderfull picture.

24 Nov 2010 4:15pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

very pleasing image ...very subtle processing ... !

24 Nov 2010 4:49pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

splendid! next time i'm out and about with my camera my tripod comes along! must try this HDR myself!

24 Nov 2010 5:21pm

Marc from Granby, Québec, Canada

nice point of view, great composition...

24 Nov 2010 5:47pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Superb HDR ... has managed to retain the beauty of a beautiful light in the environment and on the wall of the building! Wonderful light!
Best regards, Adela

24 Nov 2010 5:53pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the warm tones of this shot a lot

24 Nov 2010 6:01pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wobnderful capture

24 Nov 2010 7:08pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent HDR.

24 Nov 2010 8:24pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très belle lumière

24 Nov 2010 8:25pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

great capture, love the clear blue sky and the fading sunlight on the corner of the building, great perspective for the photo.

24 Nov 2010 9:00pm

LGBravo from Lisbon, Portugal

Excellent light and framing. And worming...

24 Nov 2010 9:25pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great HDR! The building looks so brilliant!

24 Nov 2010 10:50pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I've sourced that Photomatix version and wasn't that impressed but you're making it sing and this one, and that light is pretty special!

Are you still going to send young Daniel back now? Will you have a say?

24 Nov 2010 11:12pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Love the warm sun painting the building, it is sharp your selling me on Pro 4.

25 Nov 2010 1:48am

Julie from Easton, United States

I have to agree that the warm sunlight really makes this shot just awesome!

25 Nov 2010 3:01am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love the warm light of the sunset captured against the facade. This looks so "clean" compared to the recent night shots you captured with the various colored lights and fireworks at Town Hall's centenary. Thank you for bringing Photomatix 4 to our attention the other day. I love the "preview panes."

25 Nov 2010 4:31am

Gerard from Dieren, Netherlands

a beautiful POV and a warm afternoon light, "soft" hdr, like it.

25 Nov 2010 8:56pm

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice shot! Great light!

26 Nov 2010 9:43am

Estelle from South Wales, United Kingdom

Lovely building with warm colours.
I find the light green plant at the bottom right quite distracting to the eye.

26 Nov 2010 9:05pm

@Estelle: I take your point, I debated whether or not to climb into that bush.

Giorgio from Cesano Maderno, Italy


very nice capture, beautiful warm light, POV is well chosen



26 Nov 2010 9:54pm

Mici from Canada

Impressive shot and building

27 Nov 2010 12:36am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Stunning piece of architecture covered in the warmth of the sun. Excellent capture "handheld". The HDR worked very well on this.

30 Nov 2010 1:41pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Stunning shot..nice architecture too..great light

14 Dec 2010 6:59pm

1/180 second
ISO 200
18 mm