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Melodramatic 2006-08-13

I've had a shortage of time to deovte to taking pictures in the last few days, so this is another shot of Somerset House from the archives, taken last October in London, UK. BTW: I really hope your monitor is calibrated, because on my screen it is perfectly balanced: just enough light on the building, and slight vignette all around; to get this much detail I had to work on more than 10 layers (the .psd file a little over 250mb), so I 'd love to hear your thoughts on the exposure!

Fun factoid: Somerset house was built over five centuries ago. When the Thames river was clean enough for salmon to be netted on the bank between London and Westminster, a pimply boy-king Edward the VI tore down other houses, and built himself a truly imposing residence. But in the process, he made enemies in the council, who swiftly overthrew him and gave the residence, with the new title of "Somerset Place," to Elizabeth I...

Comments (9)

  • Thanks for the little info snippet. 5 centuries old?? The exposure looks fine but its a bit titled on the right dont you think? Maybe its my eyes is playing tricks on me again. Cheers!
    Noor Hazmee @ Aug-14-2006
  • Excellent effect. I can only guess the building was black and white while they sky got the sepia treatment in a separate layer. The end result is fantastic.
    Digital Photo Ted @ Aug-14-2006
  • Just came upon your site, and I must say your work is incredible. Every image is very powerful.
    Katrina @ Aug-14-2006
  • This is wonderful.. what lens did you use for this?
    Brett Admire @ Aug-14-2006
  • Thank you for your comments; Brett, it was a Sigma 12-24mm.



    This lens is on my camera 90% of the time, despite having six other lenses. I'd highly recommend it.



    Cheers,
    Salar @ Aug-15-2006
  • Love the wide angle framing, great tones too!
    Ashish Sidapara @ Aug-15-2006
  • Encroyable.
    Philipe @ Aug-16-2006
  • Great picture. I love the drama you've created.



    FYI: Somerset House was built by Edward VI's uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Protector and Duke of Somerset. Edward VI died on the throne in 1553, and was succeeded by his older sister Mary. Elizabeth succeeded Mary in 1558.



    http://www.somerset-house.org.uk/history/tudorpalace/index.html
    Bryan @ Aug-16-2006
  • Thank you for the correction Brian.



    Cheers,
    Salar @ Aug-16-2006

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