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Cleadon Mill #3

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 24 April 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Third in a series of five HDRs featuring the old mill on Cleadon Hills, South Shields.

It was one of those days when the sky looked perfect for some dramatic HDRs so I took the tripod for a slog up the hills to photograph the old ruined windmill. Had a nice chat with another photographer from Hebburn who was also shooting frames for Photomatix work, we had to wait until a large group of ramblers passed through before being able to make our shots.

The ruined windmill on the hills was constructed in the 1820s. The mill is built on the highest part of Cleadon Hills on a slight artificial mound. The building incorporates a stone reefing stage, a feature that was peculiar to windmills in the area.

The mill was severely damaged in a storm at some time during the 1870s, and then suffered the indignity of being a target for gunnery practice during the First World War. A photograph dating from the 1920s shows the rotating cap and the windshaft more or less intact but without the sails, which were presumably destroyed during the storm that put the mill out of business. Nowadays the entrances to the mill are barred and locked, the remains of internal machinery that were visible in the mill during the 1970s are now gone, although broken fragments of a millstone remain.

A local legend relates the story of Elizabeth Gibbon, a heartbroken woman who threw herself from the top of the mill tower and whose ghost apparently haunts the ruin of the mill to this day. The windmill was operated by the Gibbon family at the time the storm took place, which lends some weight to the tale of Elizabeth's suicide.

From Wikipedia.

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PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

24 Apr 2011 5:09am

Rags from Plano, United States


24 Apr 2011 5:15am

Pied Crow from Abuja, Nigeria

Another awesome HD with an amazing sky.

24 Apr 2011 7:06am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Le HDR apporte une ambiance particulière et magique, c'est idéal avec un ciel comme celui-là ! Bon w.e.

24 Apr 2011 7:11am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Happy Easter!
Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the dull, tonemapped look that is nowadays associated with HDRI but I'm happy that you kept the haloes to a minimum; the times I experienced with HDR, I used Enfused which enhances the dynamic range based on a different principle which avoids tonemapping altogether and makes the result look like a normal photo but one that has a lot more detail in the shadows and highlights than the originals. I really like the subject of your photo. :-)

24 Apr 2011 7:53am

@Hoshisato: Thanks for your visit and comments it is always interesting to read the perspective of someone more attuned to processing and developing his own work.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Great interesting research, well composed shot, and trademark PP. A lovely visual package for a Sunday morning!

24 Apr 2011 8:13am

reza from kermanshah, Iran

very good HDR
nice shot

24 Apr 2011 8:14am

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great composition and hdr!!

24 Apr 2011 8:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A nice combination of colour, shape and texture here

24 Apr 2011 8:49am

Ilia from Rome, Italy

Do not do this with me!!! why you do not set a plan for going and shooting ?!of course by camera is my mean!

24 Apr 2011 9:05am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the perspective. Nicely done.

24 Apr 2011 9:12am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

lovely shot & editing.....beautiful picture tone, colours & the vanishing point of the fence well placed

24 Apr 2011 10:14am

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

nice processing

24 Apr 2011 11:12am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful perspective. Beautiful composition and excellent processing. And a very interesting story ... Love it. :)

24 Apr 2011 11:52am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

another amazing capture ... I love the "feel" of the grass ... wonderful.
Such a facinating story about the mill - did you have any sense the spirit of Elizabeth when you were there?

24 Apr 2011 12:42pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: I've never experienced anything odd when I've been up there to be honest.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The HDR has brought out so much detail and the diagonal fence line draws the eyes in to the mill and beyond, to the gorgeous clouds.
Have a blessed Easter!

24 Apr 2011 12:48pm

Thomas from Paris, France

very cool HDR processing, it's very impressive. Great job. Happy Easter (:

24 Apr 2011 12:55pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb composition and treatment.Good job Curly.

24 Apr 2011 1:21pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This shot really shows off the mill to it's best advantage Curly! Happy Easter! ;-)

24 Apr 2011 2:10pm

marci from in, Morocco

it certainly adds drama! wonderful processing!

24 Apr 2011 2:55pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent mood you created with your processing . Clouds are a big helper in this mood ;)

24 Apr 2011 3:19pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

This shot is much better! In what sense? There is more space. There is meaning centre here such as mill. And it is felt the wind!

24 Apr 2011 3:26pm

James Guillory Photography from Garner, United States

Curly, You did a good job of balancing the complete image. Really nice image....

24 Apr 2011 3:30pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Ghostly! Where's Mr Akora?

24 Apr 2011 3:35pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great again and I notice a perfect tone-mapping on sky (not too strong). Well done.

24 Apr 2011 4:03pm

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

WoW ! Great shot!

24 Apr 2011 6:09pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

Great view point

24 Apr 2011 6:14pm

charles from Netherlands

Beautiful composition, and have a nice easter weekend.

24 Apr 2011 6:42pm

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Awesome capture, feels chilly out. Would like to play with HDR someday and will probably call upon your expertise. Happy Easter to you and yours! Cheers!

24 Apr 2011 6:56pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una compo magnífica con un cielo fantástico.Buen trabajo Curly.

24 Apr 2011 8:38pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Amazing processing. Nice shot

24 Apr 2011 9:22pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

HDR series terrific Curly! I am excited about your landscape with this procedure ... a good editing job too! A hug, Adela

24 Apr 2011 9:57pm

Zora Zoé Schmidt from Greifswald, Germany

Absolutely gorgeous, Curly. Your work is to me like slipping into another world - really greatly done!! *****

24 Apr 2011 10:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of the mill. It looks great up close. Thanks.

24 Apr 2011 10:13pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Ah, these spooky legends, how I miss them in my country. The unreal mood fits perfectly.

24 Apr 2011 11:43pm

Line Storlid from Sandnes, Norway

I realy love this pitcure. Been sitting her looking for it a long tme,..and i dont even know what to wrigt because i dont know anything about HDR, so i just have to give feedback from what i see. And i see beauty, not beauty as in a garden full off flowers and green green gras, but the real nature that you give us whith an amezing comp, uncredeble deepth and colors. i feel like the pic is drawing me in it and i want to be there, in the pitcure sourrounded by it mighty nature and strong powerfull skyes....great great work!

And i must thank you for your great feedback & comments and the friendly welcome to this for me new community/blogworld. I still havent had time to get to know how it all works, but know when the Holidays is coming to an end i can`t wait to explore your and others portefoljos in here.

Greetings Line;O)

25 Apr 2011 12:15am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is really beautiful. I love the color tones here

25 Apr 2011 6:32am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Interesting info on this mill, I have been looking at it trying to imagine it with the sails intact

25 Apr 2011 9:21am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful HDR shot and an interesing history of the windmill.

25 Apr 2011 11:45am

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

as you probably know I'm not such a fan of HDR, but in this serie it absolutely adds value to the picture. It adds depth to the whole photo, but still having a natural appearance (very often that's lost in the HDR processing). Very nice work and indeed an impressive sky that makes the picture much more interesting.

25 Apr 2011 9:27pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

love the whole series, but this one is my personal favourite

25 Apr 2011 11:37pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Totally different in view...with all the grass and fence ...lovely details and tones

26 Apr 2011 3:38pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Great series, and the composition on this one is fantastic. You're so lucky to have interesting historic sites nearby.

26 Apr 2011 6:37pm

Rosana Tesone from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Esta imagen en particular y la serie en general es absolutamente preciosa, entre otras muchas cosas por sus tonos.

26 Apr 2011 7:23pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love the way the fence leads the eye in to the scene.

26 Apr 2011 8:55pm

Rafa from Madrid, Spain

Fantastic perspective

28 Apr 2011 4:47am

Gipsy Ele from Basauri, Spain

..I like the way you have treated this image a lot!Espceally, the bright golden and green grass..

29 Apr 2011 9:21am

Patrick Chatelier from Le Barcarès, France

Fine HDR ! Thanks for sharing...

8 May 2011 10:40am

1/351 second
ISO 200
26 mm