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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 10th September, 2013) Views: 2,711 
Alker's Farm
 Alker's Farm   by John Barton  (Canon 60D, 10-24mm lens, HDR effect.)
Alker's Farm land, off Park Road, Billinge. The Wheat had just been rolled.

Comment by Janice on 10th September 2013 at 00:05
Super image John. Bold and dramatic. I like the HDR effect and the light and colour is lovely.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 10th September 2013 at 00:18
Brilliant pic John......the clouds are very ominous in the distance.....cheers!!!


Comment by Ken R on 10th September 2013 at 00:38
Nice turbulent photo, the wheat has been threshed and gone and your left with bales of straw. Who's going to make the first move, into the valley of death rode the six hundred.


Comment by Rubyshoes. on 10th September 2013 at 00:41
Now that is a fantastic photo.


Comment by Derek Platt on 10th September 2013 at 01:01
Great shot John, but I'm only interested in wheat when it becomes Weetabix


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 10th September 2013 at 03:22
Looks like a painting to me, John.
Can see two faces in the sky; can you Jean and Mick?


Comment by Mick on 10th September 2013 at 07:50
Ernest I can see one Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on the left and skull under the 10th September.

And the blue sky could be a satellite view of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.


Comment by Bradshaws Girl on 10th September 2013 at 08:12
WOW what a sky ... can't believe this is Billinge. My dad was born in Park Road in 1925.


Comment by k on 10th September 2013 at 09:01
beautiful!


Comment by David on 10th September 2013 at 09:24
I agree - wow!


Comment by Janice on 10th September 2013 at 10:32
This worries me - I can see the two faces, what have you done to me Ernest! It is interesting that you think it looks like a painting as - in a way - paintings were the first form of 'photos'.


Comment by John H on 10th September 2013 at 11:15
A great photograph rich in colour. I love it


Comment by Mick on 10th September 2013 at 11:21
Somebodys pointed out to me that its not Wheat.


Comment by Maureen on 10th September 2013 at 11:45
That is just beautiful John..a sight for sore eyes.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 10th September 2013 at 11:56
Yes Ernest I se them too.......
G'day Rubyshoes.......cheers!!!


Comment by wcml on 10th September 2013 at 15:27
one word DOCTORED


Comment by Rubyshoes. on 10th September 2013 at 18:40
G'day Lizzie.


Comment by Jenny on 10th September 2013 at 18:58
Superb photo, nicest I've seen in a while. Well done.


Comment by Garry on 10th September 2013 at 19:47
Why can't we have straight genuine phots, instead of superimposed bluffs. If it was judged at a show, it would be glassed has a fake.


Comment by Janice on 10th September 2013 at 20:38
wcml please explain Doctored - in your eyes.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 10th September 2013 at 20:56
I love cloud pictures and take many myself (as an amateur just for my self) Sorry but I don`t like this one ,it doesnt look real and believe it or not Ernest I cannot see any faces......how about you Mick,?


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 10th September 2013 at 22:29
Jean; They are on left hand side nearly half way up.


Comment by John Barton on 10th September 2013 at 22:50
Thank you to those of you who commented because you liked the photo. I appreciate it.
Wcml, yes it is 'doctored', I applied an HDR treatment for effect, as stated above,my choice. Why are you upset?
Garry, I've not sent it in to be judged, just hopefully appreciated,and there is nothing superimposed or faked about it, the image is genuine in all aspects, nothing added or taken away. It's a poor state of affairs when someone wants to troll a photo page with insulting comments.


Comment by Janice on 10th September 2013 at 23:44
Well said John. This kind of developing of images has gone on for many many years in the darkroom using chemicals. Pictures have even been superimposed - Remember the famous faires picture. Photos are put on this sight - in whatever format - to be enjoyed. If someone has the artistic skill and talent to do otherwise with them - good on ya!!!


Comment by Chuck Turner on 11th September 2013 at 04:43
I am a descendant of william alker barton .


Comment by Garry on 11th September 2013 at 06:08
John this is my opinion, this is not insulting at all...it's just dosen't look real. take it on the chin, and don't spit your dummy out. Its boering when people say ...lovely, great, the best, speake your mind, this is what WW is all about.


Comment by Jenny on 11th September 2013 at 08:30
That is exactly what I did Gary, IMHO it's a lovely shot.


Comment by John Barton on 11th September 2013 at 09:37
Garry, calling a picture a 'superimposed bluff' or a 'fake' isn't an opinion, it's at worst an insult, or a best an uneducated guess.
I certainly don't find praise comments boring in the slightest and I am happy with criticism too, since I know I'm not an 'expert'. By all means speak your mind, but do it from a position of authority on a subject, or at least present a balanced view!!
ps no dummy spat out!


Comment by Garry on 11th September 2013 at 09:45
Jenny let me try and educate you, "the best for a while" you said. P-a-D is not a competion, it's about photos taken in and around Wigan...go and brew up.


Comment by Mike on 11th September 2013 at 11:20
Let the camera do the work, what you see, is what you get! (no tricks)


Comment by John Barton on 11th September 2013 at 13:01
The only person to mention competitions and judging has been you Garry, and once again you are insulting people!
Aren't you glad no one has insulted your poor spelling skills!!


Comment by Garry on 11th September 2013 at 15:25
John, What you see is what you get.


Comment by wcml on 11th September 2013 at 16:08
john its a good photo but why doctor it.it is a lovely subject


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 11th September 2013 at 16:50
Nicely done John. For my personal taste I'd have held it back a notch - but that's just my personal taste. It's a well executed and processed HDR/Tonemapped shot - and isn't claiming to be anything that it isn't. Let's have some more :)


Comment by Mike on 11th September 2013 at 18:46
It's over the top, Dave (Oy) knows all about doctoring shots to make them better. It needed more than a notch...why doctor them in the first place? Most shots on P-a-d are not tampers with.


Comment by Jenny on 11th September 2013 at 19:52
Oh Dear Garry, I sense sour grapes here. What's up? Have you got something personal against John?Seems like it. And NO I don't need to be educated. Best PAD for a while. ;)


Comment by Mick on 11th September 2013 at 22:34
If I was touching it up I would have called in Straw and not Wheat mmmm


Comment by Ken R on 12th September 2013 at 00:06
I was only joking when I said" Into the valley of death rode the six hundred" but it hs turned into a real battle!!!


Comment by Art on 12th September 2013 at 01:31
Once again, in English, Mick? mmmm


Comment by Garry on 12th September 2013 at 08:05
No I don't know John, he's probably the nicest man you'll ever meet, it's the photo I have the problem with, that dosen't look real to me. However, its history now. I hope you made that brew, Jenny.


Comment by Derek Callaghan on 14th September 2013 at 11:09
Another pic taking me back over 40yrs. My mates dad in the sixties whenever Cilla Black came on telly/radio he used to say she sounds like owd Alker's moo cow. Still think about you John R.I.P. Surprising what comes to mind after seeing pics on WW. (no offence Cilla)


Comment by ellie on 15th November 2013 at 23:42
thats big


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