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Gold Hill by hootonles

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Gold Hill, brought to prominence by a TV advertisement for Hovis bread, is a picturesque collection of pretty cottages adorning a steep, cobbled street in Shaftesbury.
In the past, I have sat and sketched this scene, and photographed it many times, but here, for a change, I have altered one of my photographs digitally in Adobe Elements, attempting to give it a more artistic look.

Location: Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, English

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I live in sunny Southampton,England with my wife June. Retired, I am able to dedicate more time to my hobbies and interests, which are, photography, photo manipulation, cooking, gardening, reading, sightseeing, chess, painting, a variety of music and computing.
Up until I was fifteen, I was known as Les, and as I lived in Hooton in the Wirral, I became known as Les from Hooton, hence my pseudonym “Hootonles”. Since my leaving Hooton I have preferred to use my middle Christian name John.

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  • murals2go
    murals2goover 3 years ago

    Beautiful hill, and fabulous views, you had me fooled too —i thought it was a lovely painting, and that means you were successful with your post work, and the result is wonderful Les!

  • Such kind comments are so encouraging; thank you and for the fave :O)

    – hootonles

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image

  • I am so very pleased that you like it; thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    You must live in a fairy tale land…all the beautiful places you photograph are just magical!!! L

  • Such a lovely thing to say Lorraine; thank you so much :O)

    – hootonles

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 3 years ago

    Excellent scene & stunning treatment

  • Such comments brighten up my day; Thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • seeya
    seeyaover 3 years ago

    Bravo! Terrific post editing, but obviously the original photograph is great. Sandy

  • So very complimentary, thank you :O)
    And yes you are right, as they say, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear” :O)

    – hootonles

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Les

  • I am so pleased that you like it Roy, thank you, and for the fave :O)

    – hootonles

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Such a kind comment Sylvia, thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • Lyz48
    Lyz48over 3 years ago


  • Your comment and fave, is warmly appreciated; thank you :O)

    – hootonles

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    fantastic image les,dont go down on your bike,cheers mike

  • Mike, I’m at an age when it is best to go down on my hands and knees :O)
    Thanks for the fave :O)

    – hootonles

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    great work

  • You are so very kind, thank you :O)

    – hootonles

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