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Not many posts lately but decided to review some old hand held shots for panoramas I did some time ago. Having taken the plunge and purchased PTGui pro I decided to see if I could stitch this 12 shot panorama together that I had previously had trouble stitching in Photoshop. The masking feature in PTGui has come into its own on this panorama. After exporting I then used a mixture of Photoshop and Colour Efex Pro 4. May be a bit OTT on the HDR effect but I was more interested in seeing how PTGui handled the stitching. Tripod and nodal point fix on the originals would have alleviated a lot of issues but please with the result. Purchased a panorama head "Fotomate" off ebay and already getting some better results on the stitching. Tripod leveling and nodal (no-parallax point) are well worth the effort on panoramas.
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7 shot panorama of St Mary's Light house this evening around 8pm.
tride was on its way out due to be fully out by 10.30pm. I was not able to get back as far as I wanted due to some seals hauling out 50 yards away behind me. Lightroom and Photoshop to comp the 7 shots into the panorama
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7 shot panorama of St Mary's Light house this evening around 8pm.
tride was on its way out due to be fully out by 10.30pm. I was not able to get back as far as I wanted due to some seals hauling out 50 yards away behind me. Lightroom and Photoshop to comp the 7 shots into the panorama
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5 shot panorama around 9.30pm I did the other night from Newcastle quayside looking towards Gateshead side and the sage building in the centre, millennium bridge to the left and Tyne bridge to the right. first outing with he 5DMKII for Panorama. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. Loving the full frame on the 5D for panoramas
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Marsden Grotto 
History of the Grotto
Jack the Blaster A lead miner from Allendale, Jack Bates and his wife Jessie moved to the area in 1782. It is alleged he moved into a small cave at Marsden Rock either after refusing to pay rent on his house in Allendale or simply having nowhere to live. Using explosives from a local quarry, he blasted the small cave into a much larger one, earning his nickname "Jack the Blaster" in the process and creating a rent-free and landlord-free home. The dwelling was accessed by zig-zagging stairs down the cliff, thought to be built by Jack. The unusual and eccentric choice of dwelling attracted visitors, which the couple supplied with refreshments at a cost. It is suggested that he became involved in smuggling activities - offering refreshment to smugglers using caves of the coastline to hide contraband cargo. 
Peter Allan Bates died in 1792 and his family continued to reside in the caves until they eventually fell into disrepair. A local man Peter Allan bought the Marsden Grotto with money left to him by his father, also Peter Allan in 1826. His father was the game keeper of Sir Headworth Williamson. When Williamson's wife was swept out to sea on her horse on Marsden Bay, he gave all his horses to his ostler, who painted the White Horse on Cleadon Hills, and all of his money to Allen, his gameskeeper. Allan restored and extended the caves into a 15-room mansion including a ballroom and kitchen, turning Jack's house into an inn.
In 1848 John Clay, who later became the first mayor of the County Borough of South Shields, bought The Leas and claimed that the land gave him rights to The Grotto. Allan battled with Clay in court and was forced to pay £50 costs and £10 annual rent for 20 years. Allan sunk into depression and died in 1849 leaving his wife and eight children.
After Allan’s death his family continued to run The Grotto for an additional 35 years. In this time many improvements were made, along with further excavations implemented by Allan's children. A catastrophic cliff fall in 1865 almost destroyed the inn. Large retaining walls were built to protect the internal structure.
Harton Coal Company
The Harton Coal Company acquired The Grotto in the latter half of the 19th century. It had substantial success during this period, but it was also allowed to fall into disrepair.
Vaux Breweries
Vaux took over The Grotto in 1898. They decided to clean the place up as it was littered with empty beer barrels that draymen would not collect. In 1938 Vaux purchased The Grotto and set upon a large refurbishment program. The buildings joined onto the caves were rebuilt to a high standard. A lift was also added to the surface.
In 1999 Vaux decided to concentrate more on their hotel and leisure business rather than operate as a brewery. A buyer could not be found for the Marsden Grotto and it closed down.
After Vaux
The Sunderland restaurant firm, Tavistock, purchased the Grotto in a poor condition. The premises were totally refurbished and the grotto opened as a high class seafood restaurant and bar. Following its purchase of the Roker Hotel in Sunderland, Tavistock was made an offer it could not refuse and the Grotto was sold to London Inns & Restaurants in 2003. The Grotto later passed to Oxford Hotels and Inns Management Ltd. In September 2007, South Tyneside Council, who are responsible for the stairs adjacent to the pub, closed them off due to a damaged step, pending repair. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service ordered the pub be temporally closed to the public until the stairs reopen as they are the only means of safe evacuation from the pub, especially at high tide. The Grotto reopened on 21 March 2008.
Ghosts
There have long been tales of hauntings at the Grotto, mainly relating to a smuggler named John the Jibber] who was reputedly murdered by his fellow criminals after selling information to HM Customs. It is said that he was hung in a barrel in a cave close to the present lift shaft and left to starve. Until the pub was sold by Vaux, it was said that the landlord would leave out a special tankard of ale each night after closing and, in the morning, it would be empty. Local DJ and TV presenter, Alan Robson drank from the tankard during one of his live Metro Radio shows, allegedly sparking off a series of supernatural phenomena that eventually forced the then landlord to quit. This included flying ashtrays smashing against the wall and flooding in the cellar after all the beer taps were inexplicably turned on. Unfortunately the original tankard was lost during refurbishment. A replacement is on display, but is no longer filled up each night for the ghost. 
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Another comp using Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS4 & Perfect Effects 8
(Perfect Effects 8 is a great bit of free software).
This was a 16 shot panorama I did earlier this year and never got round to processing.
I  made some adjustments in Lightroom 4 then exported to Photoshop and created the Panorama. I then re-imported to Lightroom 4 then used the plugin "Perfect Effects 8". I tried a few filters then back to Lightroom 4 to export at a size I could upload to Google+ as the comp psd file is huge (I mean huge almost 1 gig) I exported at 6000 pixel wide and added my watermark. For those that don't know Perfect Effects 8 in the November edition of Practical Photography (page 102) is a free software
www.ononesoftware.com/bauermediapepefree 
Lots of presets but filers customization and its FREE !!
#panoramaphotography   #perfecteffects8   #lightroom4   #canonphotography  
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Another night time shot shot from the other night 10pm
1 x 1 minute exposures, F22, ISO 100 
Looking over the river towards Gateshead.
Bit of info off the web: The "Swing Bridge" is a swing bridge over the River Tyne, England, connecting Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, and lies between the Tyne Bridge and the High Level Bridge. It has an 281 feet (85.6 m) cantilevered span with a central axis of rotation able to move through 360° to allow vessels to pass on either side of it. The previous bridge on the site was demolished in 1868 to enable larger ships to move upstream to William Armstrong's works. The hydraulic Swing Bridge was designed and paid for by Armstrong, with work beginning in 1873. It was first used for road traffic on 15 June 1876 and opened for river traffic on 17 July 1876. At the time of construction it was the largest swing bridge ever built. The construction costs were £240,000 #swingbridge   #newcastle-upon-tyne   #newcastle   #nightphotography   #longexposurephotography   #canonphotography  
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