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Friday
Jun262009

Photowalk 71 - Different Locations Please!

On Wednesday evening, I had a couple of hours to spare, so I grabbed my Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT, my camera bag, and jumped in the car. Scanning the skies as I drove, I realised I didn't just want to go to my usual haunts - Priddy's Hard, around the Explosion! Museum, and the local beaches - so I tried a couple of different locations.

First stop was the "new" flats at Mumby Rd. I say new, but they've been there for years. I've always liked the architecture, and was determined to try to get a shot. There's a handy car-park right next door, so I strolled around clicking away, with the 350D sporting the Canon 50mm F1.8 Mk II on the front. I was looking for a nice angle, and the prime 50mm forced me to move around rather than use a zoom to re-frame.

This shot is a black and white HDR, processed from 3 images using Photomatix. I was exposure bracketing with plus and minus 2 ev, much more than I used to with my Fuji S5700, and I have to admit I was shooting hand-held, when it would have been better to set up a tripod, but hey, I'm a spontaneous kind of guy! (In other words I was too lazy).

Mumby Road Flats
Mumby Road Flats


The next photograph is another HDR, this time I toned down the colour a bit.

Mumby Road (Towards Town Centre)
Mumby Road (Towards Town Centre)


Next up I jumped in the car and headed to Gosport's Boat Lake, and the rather unusual Cafe.

Peppers Cafe (Gosport Model Boating Lake)
Peppers Cafe (Gosport Model Boating Lake)


Peppers Cafe Entrance
Peppers Cafe Entrance


Behind the boating lake is a large car-park, which was mostly empty at this time of night. I liked the different shapes on the horizon.

South Street Car Park
South Street Car Park


Next is a photo best viewed large. It's another HDR, but I had to do some masking with the Swans, who had come out blurred after going through Photomatix. I opened the Tone-Mapped HDR in Photoshop, then copied the original, middle exposure, into the same file on a different layer. A quick "Edit", "Auto-Align Layers", and a mask on the normal image, then I could "paint in" the OK water and swans.

Peppers Cafe And Model Boat Lake
Peppers Cafe And Model Boat Lake


Finally, the glowing Sky called me to Lee-On Solent, with another HDR. This time I had to "mask in" the walkers, and quite a lot of the detail.

Lee On Solent Sunset
Lee On Solent Sunset


To finish the night, a "normal" photo, from a slightly unusual angle.

Street Lamps Against Sunset
Street Lamps Against Sunset


All photo's in this set were taken with the 350D / Rebel XT and the Canon 50mm F1.8 Mk II lens.

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (2)

Lovely photos Rob! It's amazing how you can make what possibly is a mundane urban scene look so visually interesting, by the use of careful composition and B&W/ HDR techniques.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMozuk

Thanks Mozuk, I was trying to visit some different locations for this set, but I still ended up at the beach!

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

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