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Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 22 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

The new Mayor of South Tyneside Cllr. Jim Sewell presents bouquets of flowers to the new Mayoress, his wife Rosemary, and the outgoing Mayoress Mrs. Alma Piggott.

Shot in the English oak panelled ante room of the council chamber of South Shields Town Hall.

I've left this one alone, just a straight RAW conversion to let you see the natural colour of the room and allow you to compare it with the previous few.

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22 May 2011 7:47am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great idea to let us compare the two technics.
this group shot is pefect indeed, but I love you so well processed HDRs in this fantasstic series.

22 May 2011 7:54am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Plenty of oak in there anyway.
Your darker look gave it more warmth, nice series.

22 May 2011 8:48am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I've been bemused by the chain in all of these shots. Rather than just dangling downwards, it seems to always be around the two gold "broaches" does that signify something?

22 May 2011 9:09am

@CElliottUK: Don't think there is any significance, the two badges have a relief of the old South Shields coat of arms on them, they are normally worn balanced and at the same height on each side of the chest. The Mayoral chain was made for the first Mayor when South Shields received its Royal Warrant in 1850 and became a "County Borough" able to elect a town council and its first constituency MP, prior to that we were part of the North Durham constituency.

Florence from Paris, France

I prefer the one posted yesterday. Colors and contrasts seem so flat here. I'm addicted to your rone-mapping process !

22 May 2011 9:18am

@Florence: I have to say that I much preferred the tone mapped versions too, they look far more "artistic" to me, just wanted people to see what the place looked like in reality here.

Thomas from Paris, France

Nice natural colors. This man is a gentleman ;) Have a nice Sunday.

22 May 2011 9:39am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very interesting Curly, so is that in fact oak panelling that you made to look like mahogany? :) A classic British portrait here.

22 May 2011 9:41am

@grouser: That's right, this is the more natural colouring of the English oak.

fereshteh. from Iran

Very interesting and beautiful...

22 May 2011 10:05am

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

Nice picture, Curly. I find the oak panels too dull. I like the darkened ones the most.

22 May 2011 10:10am

@dagilmar: This is the sort of reaction that I was expecting after those tone mapped beauties.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Good shot, the tone mapped ones seem a little nicer, but this is more real to life, you've spoiled us.

22 May 2011 12:01pm

@J.R.: You can have too much of a good thing!

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

the lady on the right of the shot looks like her bouquet continues down her skirt!

22 May 2011 12:11pm

k@ from Paris, France

Great job you made here, sure, thanks for let us comparing. See you (super busy but back soooon)

22 May 2011 1:32pm

k@ from Paris, France

(when i wrote "here", i meant in the whole serie)

22 May 2011 1:33pm

Suzanne from Naperville, United States

Very nice, Curly!

22 May 2011 1:45pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

To my mind the natural colour is the best of all.

22 May 2011 1:51pm

dean musgrove from United States

Excellent idea posting this raw image. I can better recognize the great work done on the previous photographs.

22 May 2011 1:54pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Very nice. Now we could appreciate the wonderful processing of earlier photos. Thanks, Curly. :)

22 May 2011 2:37pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Notice the difference in color of the room. In the air! I prefer the one photo. Excellent image with an interesting look! A hug, Adela

22 May 2011 2:38pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Nice style and atmosphere

22 May 2011 4:20pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, wonderful lovely capture

22 May 2011 4:21pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I do like the natural look here too- but I prefer the "pop" of the previous images...The similar tones in this don't lead my eye to the people as effectively. Thanks for the comparison- great lesson! :)

22 May 2011 6:37pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

It's just incredible to see all that great woodwork. The natural looks good, but a little processing might be an improvement.

22 May 2011 8:12pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the tones in this one

22 May 2011 8:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like the oak paneling but your rich colors of the past few shots take it up a notch. The new mayor was probably glad to get this first day behind him.

22 May 2011 9:31pm

Charles from New York, United States

I like the wood in this shot. Must be an amazing office. The medallion looks pretty cool also.

22 May 2011 9:46pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice capture again.......strong yet soft light here......

23 May 2011 4:28am