I was delighted to be invited to South Shields Town Hall yesterday to take pictures of our newly installed Mayor Cllr. Jim Sewell and his wife Rosemary, the Mayoress. Fuller story here.
Although there was an official photographer for the occasion, the new Mayor wanted me to find some more relaxed shots of himself and members of his family that they could look back on in later years.
Because South Shields Town Hall is such a majestic building (both inside and out) I had a pre-conceived idea of what I wanted to do that would also show off the workmanship of this grand public building. So I decided to do HDR and mask in the people, yes I know, a bit of a challenge! After a couple of hours processing last night I decided to leave the others for a couple of days.
So, this one is the normal HDR that I do in my usual fashion, for the interior of the Mayor's Parlour (the oak and leather are nowhere near as dark or as warm as I have made them in these) and I used the 0EV frame to mask in the people, thus preserving their human qualities.
Finally I gave it a tiny tweak in Lucis Arts, I'm looking for something that might look great printed on canvass.
I might NOT be able to be around quite so much over the next couple of weeks, I have a lot going on here, but don't worry I've got a lot of material ready to show and some of it excites me, so don't wander off, I'll look forward to your comments and will soon be back to see your work too.
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