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 Photo-a-Day      (Saturday, 15th September, 2012) Views: 2,802 
Wigan Flight
 Wigan Flight   by Janice Freeman  (Nikon D3100 tone mapped using Photomatix)
A photo of the Wigan flight taken from the bridge over the main road at Ince.

Comment by alan on 15th September 2012 at 00:08
Sailing along the canal must be very hard work.


Comment by Ken R on 15th September 2012 at 00:22
Lovely peaceful photo. No clutter.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th September 2012 at 03:20
Nice perspective leading to that cloudy sky.
Not a living soul, boat or Mick`s bike in sight, Janice !!
What time of day?


Comment by Dennis Miller on 15th September 2012 at 04:40
I love HDR Tone Mapping... that does not realistic, but so what... it does look brilliant!


Comment by Scholes Malc on 15th September 2012 at 07:11
simple but brilliant photo - I like this - could be a painting


Comment by Mick on 15th September 2012 at 08:33
Ernest it says the photo as been tone mapped using Photomatix so I could have been peddling past when it was taken but have been toned mapped out.


Comment by dirty harry on 15th September 2012 at 08:55
janice i think you'll find this picture has not been taken from the bridge on the main road. it's taken from the next lock up from rose bridge.


Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh . on 15th September 2012 at 09:32
Janice,another fantastic shot.your photogragh on Photo-a-Day 27/7/12.encouraged me to walk on that side of New Springs Bridge,and I've walked to Britannia Bridge several times since. This is taken from Rose Bridge,roughly 3/4 of the walk. Anyone who hasn't done this particular
canal walk is missing a treat.


Comment by flaggy delf on 15th September 2012 at 09:57
Hard to imagine there was a pit to the right of the locks once upon a time


Comment by flaggy delf on 15th September 2012 at 09:58
sorry Janice forgot to say what a nice restful scene you have captured


Comment by Al.C. on 15th September 2012 at 10:09
The sky makes it look very atmospheric, well done Janice.


Comment by aitch on 15th September 2012 at 10:11
those trees on the left havent half grown since I last walked up there


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th September 2012 at 10:33
I`m on a PC in Chorley library and the green colours are superb.


Comment by Janice on 15th September 2012 at 10:36
Hi Ernest, it was taken on a dull rainy evening at approx 6.15 pm which would probably explain why no-one was around. Dennis, I quite like tone-mapping and try to keep them realistic, however this was a lack-lustre photo and the TM 'rescued' it. I use my photos for card making and the painterly effect works well as the cards prove very popular. Great because it allows me to combine two hobbies.


Comment by Michael on 15th September 2012 at 11:02
At last a photograph that is neither a flower, nor a bird, nor part of Haigh Plantations nor Top Lock.

Well done, that man! Or woman, in this case.


Comment by maggie on 15th September 2012 at 11:07
if you know what you are doing, it is not too difficult to do a flight of locks like this - we have done this flight with my husband at the tiller, & I did the locks. You wind up the paddle, then lean on the gate until you feel a nudge, that means the water is even & it is easy to move the gates. I shall never forget the Sunday we did this flight - lots of lovely people, all ready to chat.


Comment by A Bolton on 15th September 2012 at 11:29
Reminds me of cross country runs we had to do(No choice then) a a pupil of Rose Bridge School in the 1050s.Our teacher then Mr Peter Hardman, would follow us at some distance, to catch us having a quick smoke under the "DEVILS BRIDGE.


Comment by Janice on 15th September 2012 at 11:37
You are quite right chaps, this was not from the bridge on the main road. Will be nice to do this walk again when the trees begin to gain autumn colours.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th September 2012 at 13:24
I`m now on a PC in Preston Harris Museum and library.
This PC and quality of photo is identical to that in Chorley library. Which isn`t surprising as both libraries are in Lancashire with same card. I`d been on Google Earth at home and couldn`t place this lock from your info, Janice - so all is now revealed.
Mick, I`ve never heard of tone mapping. I only adjust the brightness, if necessary, of my photo`s !!


Comment by tuddy on 15th September 2012 at 16:27
flaggy delf, would that have been Rose Bridge colliery?
Nice photo Janice,I've walked that towpath many times.


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 15th September 2012 at 17:35
A nice bit of tonemapping there Janice - nice shot.


Comment by alan lad on 15th September 2012 at 17:54
Good job done for sure.


Comment by Janice on 15th September 2012 at 18:04
Well you certainly get around Ernest. If you have a home PC and want to do more with your Photos then have a look at the free software called GIMP. Simply type GIMP into your browser and you can get the download free. It is a very useful programme - a bit complex but great to play around with. Tone mapping is simply adjusting all the tones within a picture to bring out the high dynamice ranges. It can be a very simple effect or way over the top - as the fancy takes you. Try the trial version of Photomatix for free.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 15th September 2012 at 20:19
Janice......Good for you!Men don`t expect us to know all these little ins and out .Well done and it is more like a painting than a photo.tone mapping or not !!!!I am quite ignorant on all this "technology stuff" I just click the shutter and hope it works..


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th September 2012 at 21:52
Thanks Janice, yes I make full use of my free travel pass. Have many interesting chats too. I`m like Jean with a camera and not very interested in, as she puts it, "technology stuff"
I used the camera in my mobile phone in the Harris Art Gallery in Preston this afternoon. Took 2 of J M W Turner`s (1775-1851) and ""Millworkers" painted oil on canvas in 1948 by L S Lowry (1887-1976). Bury Council bought "A Riverbank" (28"x36") painted by L S
Lowry in 1947, from a London Gallery in 1951 for £175. They put it up for auction in November 2006 expecting £500,00-£800,000 and it was sold for £1,408,000 !


Comment by flaggy delf on 16th September 2012 at 08:06
You've got it Tuddy.


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