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West Park in winter

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 4 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The West Park in South Shields under a blanket of snow.

I really ought to have made this my Christmas Card!

Three hand held exposures to make the HDR in Photomatix Pro 4, (there are only few remnants of ice left there now, but they've hung around for over 40 days.)

PENTAX K100D 1/752 second F/6.7 ISO 200 18 mm

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

What a beautiful place - it looks as though many people have enjoyed walking there, even in the snow! Nicely composed, with beautiful, subtle colors -

4 Jan 2011 5:46am

Julie from Easton, United States

It would have made an excellent Christmas card for sure!

4 Jan 2011 5:55am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe ce parc enneigé

Bonne journée

4 Jan 2011 6:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, really nice picture for Christmas Cards.

4 Jan 2011 7:15am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Very harmonic with the snow and the sky counterpart.

4 Jan 2011 7:27am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Absolutely a Christmas card. Great stuff Curly

4 Jan 2011 7:55am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***

4 Jan 2011 9:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely tones and limited colour

4 Jan 2011 10:44am

Look13 from Marseille, France

Great composition.
Splendid result on this work.
Great cher and good year 2011.

4 Jan 2011 10:51am

parisa from shiraz, Iran


4 Jan 2011 11:01am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

A Curly classic!

4 Jan 2011 11:03am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

De très jolis tons de couleurs sur ce park magnifique !!
Bien vu .

4 Jan 2011 11:19am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nicely done Curly...a signature image.

As a fellow fan of HDR I though you might also be interested by these two articles...

4 Jan 2011 11:43am

@Ted: That's an interesting debate he has going there Ted (mainly within his own mind), ultimately it's a pointless debate though, and I think he recognises that. You either like some HDRs or you don't, you either like high contrast graphic black and white or you don't, you either like long exposures over water shot through massive ND filters or you don't. Yet all of these techniques can and/or will produce images which DO NOT relate to what the eye sees in real life. Photography is, and always has been, an art form, not simply the recording of a scene in front of the lens, although as a tool for documenting life and environments, the camera has been one of our greatest inventions. The great photographers have always had recourse to darkroom skills which might involve dodging and burning, or cross processing in the "wrong" chemicals, lengthened development or exposure of the print under the enlarging lens, so we must accept that images have been "played" with for many decades. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful treatment...Great creation.

4 Jan 2011 11:49am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Stunning - the rotunda looks so smooth ^^

4 Jan 2011 11:59am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this sure would have made a nice Christmas card - so beautiful

4 Jan 2011 12:14pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I agree Curly! Picture postcard perfect! Well done! ;-)

4 Jan 2011 12:37pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

You really got very nice snow shots.

4 Jan 2011 12:54pm

Cherished Keepsake Photography from Chapmanville, United States

5* for this awesome shot

4 Jan 2011 1:15pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Superb ! Love it !

4 Jan 2011 1:15pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

what a beautiful landscape shot
such great tones

4 Jan 2011 1:43pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

A nice New Year's card...............

4 Jan 2011 3:10pm

Piero from LYON, France

beautiful landscape !

4 Jan 2011 3:42pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Yes, this is a classic creation in photography. Love it ... prize winner indeed ... Thanks for sharing ... :)

4 Jan 2011 3:47pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

WOW!! Stunning and fantastic capture indeed friend,a piece of art!
Best wishes for you in 2011!

4 Jan 2011 4:12pm

alex centrella from California, United States

l loce the muted colors ....

4 Jan 2011 4:32pm

Rashad from Tehran, Iran

Absolutely fantastic!

4 Jan 2011 5:00pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

truly a christmas motiv! clever compo and striking HDR colours - i like these strong "unnatural" contrasts!

4 Jan 2011 5:37pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

great place !

4 Jan 2011 5:44pm

JB from Lyon, France

A pleasant HDR, with surreal tones and great light.

4 Jan 2011 5:47pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Wonderful effect! Happy New Year!

4 Jan 2011 6:14pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent scenery and processing

4 Jan 2011 6:37pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A classic Curly type shot - well done !

4 Jan 2011 6:42pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

great tones, beautiful HDR
the reduced colors are my highlight!

4 Jan 2011 7:57pm

@klauSZ: This is exactly how the colours looked so early in the day.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid image, depth of field is great as the colors and processing. Magnificent shot. 5 * Good evening.

4 Jan 2011 8:49pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

beautiful winter scene : perfect to send it as a postcard for the new year greetings !

4 Jan 2011 8:57pm

Thaïs from nice, France

Absolument magique!

4 Jan 2011 9:58pm

Simply Col from Winnipeg, Canada

Winter's beauty.

4 Jan 2011 10:18pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Pure magic here - light, details, just wonderful!

4 Jan 2011 10:38pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice depth to this compo and great textures revealed in your HDR processing!

4 Jan 2011 10:38pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Curly
An interesting and beautiful winter picture. Also I like the color contrast in the overall view. The pavilion looks familiar. 5 stars ***** Have a nice time and all the best. Thank you very much for all your nice comments. I have a lot fun with my little Ranger and I like him a lot. Dear greetings Christel

4 Jan 2011 10:52pm

Katherine from Bristol, United Kingdom

Beautiful colours and light - it really gets the wintry mood across.

4 Jan 2011 11:01pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I think you might have shown this gazebo before?.. as it seems familiar to me. I could not find it glancing over your portfolio though. I like here that even in snow there is still a hint of the colored foliage visible.

5 Jan 2011 1:52am

Anne Jordan from Sydney, Australia

Just perfect ...like something from Narnia. Love the touch of colour

5 Jan 2011 3:53am

Branko from Toronto, Canada

Excellent use of technique to create very interesting and pleasing photo. Congratulations!

5 Jan 2011 4:02am

Lin from Irvine, United States

Beautiful photo!

5 Jan 2011 5:38am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

yeah, so great - really dreamlike!!! *****

5 Jan 2011 8:56am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

very atmospheric...xmas card for next year?

5 Jan 2011 1:37pm

Irene from L C, France

I love this nice place... Great processing

5 Jan 2011 4:53pm

Araceli Martinez from Barcelona, Spain

Una atmósfera fantástica, de cuento!

5 Jan 2011 7:46pm

GIPSY ELENA from Basauri, Spain

..you always manage to give your photos a magic touch.. Beautiful again..

5 Jan 2011 8:23pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland


6 Jan 2011 9:38am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Magical! Simply beautiful

6 Jan 2011 11:49pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Good HDR. I like the desaturated colors, and the softness.

7 Jan 2011 5:44pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom


7 Jan 2011 6:27pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nicest gazabo/park /winter scene i have ever seen....beautiful work..and love those branches trees too...very lovely

9 Jan 2011 10:09am

Julie DiCarlo from SF Bay Area, United States

It's got a lovely painting quality to it- you should definitely save this for next year's card!

11 Jan 2011 7:04am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Wow! You've got Fairyland at your door!

11 Jan 2011 10:47am

Mehdi Mirian from raleigh, United States

nicely done, this is HDR right? i personally don't like HDR pictures but this one i do, the snow has texture and of course the colors blend perfect :)

5 Feb 2011 5:10pm

@Mehdi Mirian: Yes this is an HDR, I'm glad you like it, you can find all of my other HDRs by clicking on the HDR tag.

1/752 second
ISO 200
18 mm