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    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    I went out on spec yesterday and accidently bumped into a million police, but they was very nice, I think.

    I took these and criticism is wecomed, one I took last year but it would feel incomplete without it. Some are HDR others are not. cheers
    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Some snaps of the National Arburetum

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    That's the lot from yesterday bar one which is in a contest.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Hi Steve - I never knew we had a National Arboretum; I must take the trouble to visit. The two shots that I find most inetresting are nos 4 and 5, the close-ups of the (bronze) statues. I've tried to take similar images elsewhere and I never seem to get the exposure correct. You have. Is there a secret? The only thing that I might suggest is to somehow partially blur the background wall and shadows. Otherwise, these images capture to power of the work.

    No 6 is the one where HDR is working to advantage, bright discernible exterior with a reasonable interior exposure. Personally, I might work on it a bit more to see if I could make the interior slightly less "HDR"-like, but I guess I'm just expressing personal taste.

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    Hi Steve - I never knew we had a National Arboretum; I must take the trouble to visit.

    This is the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Here http://www.thenma.org.uk/

    The National Arboretum is in Westonbirt, Glouscestershire. Here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

    I've only been to Westonbirt, which I can thoroughly recommend. Must confess, I didn't know about the other one. Nice shots Steve. I must pay it a visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    This is the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Here http://www.thenma.org.uk/

    The National Arboretum is in Westonbirt, Glouscestershire. Here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

    I've only been to Westonbirt, which I can thoroughly recommend. Must confess, I didn't know about the other one. Nice shots Steve. I must pay it a visit.
    I didn't know about the other one either. Cheers rob. I don't use special rules for the bronzes David, I just note they are very dark and I don't mind blowing the background. Two are HDR which are the complete statues because I wanted a little detail in the shadows.
    But the interior isn't HDR, it is taken using a flash since there is a flag close by and then I use a strange sharpening technique to make it look a little more interesting to me.
    The silver bird are the only other HDRI's. cheers

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Looks like I can't spell either rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    Looks like I can't spell either rob.
    Nor can I, mate. But if you use Fire-fox browser with the British English dictionary 'add-on' it highlights incorrectly spelt words, and by right-clicking it lists possible alternatives. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3366

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    I like the 'grey squirrel' gun, but doesn't it damage the trees too?

    Good series Arith,

    As the other David, I thought the interior was classic "tone map look", and hadn't spotted the flash (shame on me )

    I must pay more attention.
    I must pay more attention.
    I must pay more attention.

    My favourites are #4 and the penultimate one (first silver bird).

    Cheers,

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    Cheers Dave, I've got firefox as well rob, but tend to use IE8 since it already knows all my passwords, apart from financial ones. cheers

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Hi Guys - You live and learn - two places to visit. I had wondered why there was a large artillery piece in a park devoted to trees. And I too was fooled by the Wrens interior shot.

    Cheers

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    It is a really big place and I couldn't get around all of it; royalty and the prime minister were there and I'm getting used to my Lowpro backpack and it is really fiddly and heavy. Previously I used a Canon shoulder thingy which was easy but at least I can take all my equipment.
    They have a really nice restaurant which was needed, and a kiddies assault course minus the kiddies plus seats everywhere. It is easy to get to even if you don't have a car because buses run hourly from Lichfield and Burton.
    Well that's like an advert.

    I saw a lot of expensive camera's more 1Ds's than I've ever seen used by the gentlemen and women of the press, the woman had a Nikon though.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Nice shots Arith.
    I mentioned this Arboretum to my wife with the intention to visit.
    Whilst delivering some fuel one day I got chatting to a chap who had worked on the construction of the site and told me it is well worth a visit, so we will be making the effort.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Nice shots Arith.
    I mentioned this Arboretum to my wife with the intention to visit.
    Whilst delivering some fuel one day I got chatting to a chap who had worked on the construction of the site and told me it is well worth a visit, so we will be making the effort.
    It certainly is; car parking is 2 all day and the bus 4.80 all day midlands saver, Lichfield station is opposite the bus park. Entry is free and you can get a cooked meal for around 7. It is a lot bigger than I thought and getting better all the time.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Number four. The statue facing us looks as if he has come to life and is trying to relay a message like, "Is this what you wanted?" with his eyes. Eerie in a good way.

    We have many old (by our standards ) fortress sites, cenotaphs and some military sites in this area (Atlantic Canada). I've never heard the term Arburetum before, though. New word.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Quote Originally Posted by Maritimer1 View Post
    Number four. The statue facing us looks as if he has come to life and is trying to relay a message like, "Is this what you wanted?" with his eyes. Eerie in a good way.

    We have many old (by our standards ) fortress sites, cenotaphs and some military sites in this area (Atlantic Canada). I've never heard the term Arburetum before, though. New word.
    Just bad spelling; I must do better.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    Hi,
    In my opinion a memorial place asks more dramatique than informal shots.
    Please compare yourself.
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    Very nice; I'll keep it in mind for my next visit. cheers

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    I could see the third photograph, the gate-brick wall-tree, used in a slide show coupled with photos of the same scene at different times of the day.

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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    From my point of view this is standing by my vision but...Below you see why there is a "but"
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    Re: Some snaps of the National Arburetum

    At this shot rounded the points of interest.To emphasize them should mean to photograph from down to up.I cannot rephotograph.
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