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Serpentine

 

I love it when the sky is blue grey and heavy with  rain and the sun shines through lighting up the spring leaves on the trees.  This was just such a moment. 

Taken in Hyde Park, London on May Day with a compact camera and no tripod.  Processing is from 5 random shots(2 are zomms!)  in CS3 - at this point you are supposed to crop the central area and have a nice panorama, but I thought I would show the working file, particularly as I didn't take the shots with the panorama in mind.  If  that was the case I would have got the top end of the fountain in ;o)

Serpentine

 

I love it when the sky is blue grey and heavy with  rain and the sun shines through lighting up the spring leaves on the trees.  This was just such a moment. 

Taken in Hyde Park, London on May Day with a compact camera and no tripod.  Processing is from 5 random shots(2 are zomms!)  in CS3 - at this point you are supposed to crop the central area and have a nice panorama, but I thought I would show the working file, particularly as I didn't take the shots with the panorama in mind.  If  that was the case I would have got the top end of the fountain in ;o)

comments (14)

Superb moody shot Mike. I like the framing!
blackdog: Thank you Richard ;o)
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 May 2008, 10:32
The software is very effective - I quite like the random edges, though it would have been good to see it as a panorama too. The light on the trees against the dark sky is wonderful.
Ingrid
blackdog: Thanks Ingrid - I know you always like a good panorama ;o)
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 5 May 2008, 11:38
wow Mike i find that quite extraordinary to look at, 5shots and a bit of wizardry and you have ended up with something quite stunning, excellent stuff, me likeysmile
blackdog: Thanks for that Tim - only my second use of the software, so not scratched the surface of its creative possibilities yet ;o)
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 May 2008, 12:00
I like the choice for B&W
blackdog: Thank you Chantal ;o)
  • Tracy
  • Staffordshire
  • 5 May 2008, 12:02
Very creative Mike. I like this very muchsmile
blackdog: Thank you Tracy ;o)
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 5 May 2008, 16:09
It works too, it really does.

I'm going to have to have a go at stitching pictures together like this, if I ever get that organised!
blackdog: Thanks Ellie - I cannot get over how tolerant it was. Dying to have another go and give it something really difficult to work on ;o)
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 5 May 2008, 17:50
I can take or leave the panorama, but I do like the light here! 10 minutes to go until the storm hits smile
blackdog: Yes me too - just seeing what it would make of 5 random shots ;o) The trees have lots of lime green in them and they look stunning against the sky.
Two questions Mike. What is a zomm and what fountain?

That aside I like this, there's some great light on those trees and the weird untrimmed look works well.

Actually a third question..isn't this twiddling? tongue
blackdog: Well lets do the easy ones first - zoom not zomm as I am sure you know ;o) and technically it is a fountain, but if you didn't know it would look like a continuous river - it is the Diana memorial "fountain" in Kensington Gardens.

As for the twiddling - it is certainly processing, but if I hadn't left the edges on, you would be none the wiser. When the processed image becomes digital art I have a problem calling it a photograph. But there are no rules, so twiddle away ;o)
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 5 May 2008, 18:05
Is this the infamous Scalextric Track / Diana Memorial? If so, then it's Kensington Gardens isn't it?
Anyway, I like to technique and the mood.
blackdog: Spot on Ian, Kensington Gardens - and it does seem to lack any atmosphere which is a great shame. The light was brilliant - but wrong camera ;o)
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 6 May 2008, 04:15
I like the oddness of the angles around it. Honestly, until I read your description, I thought you found some really funky sculpture to shoot through.
blackdog: Thank you Jewlya ;o)
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands, it will be sunny again...
  • 6 May 2008, 06:36
I missed this one yesterday sad This is a stunning capture, great atmosphere, I am always surprised that the B&W is so effective in these kind of shots, I read what you did...thanks for sharing this process...it is fun what the right software can do, I think I have to hire somebody to do the housekeeping, so I can even spend more time with the picture programms, my husband will not be that thrilled though...wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 May 2008, 13:07
I know I have the capability of doing this (the tools, that is), but I have yet to stitch photos together like this, Mike. So I'm glad to see at least part of the process! Very cool.
  • mal
  • 6 May 2008, 14:05
great work Mike. I've never done any stitching before. nicely twiddled. mal
I think this is the most amazing picture I have seen from your portfolio Mike

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