Pilton Street - Barnstaple


Joined May 2010

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This picture was taken by Seth Gordon of Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple.

I showed this snap to the local orator and all round good “bey” (boy/chap/man) Pitt Mannings… I had his reaction on tape so here is the transcription:

“I’m having a thought about this. It is quite an unusual sight but not wholly unexpected due to the fact that in the seventies the rather in-bred elder son of a local gentry family spent all of his inheritance on collecting a large menagerie of exotic beasts. Due to a congenital illness and the copious use of LSD after a time this bloke went totally mazed (colloquial: mad) and thinking he was about to be the target of some great white hunters he let them all go. The water beasts survived owing to the marshy surrounds of the family estate and have been spotted from time to time in places as diverse as Vellator, Ashford Strand and as they can wade some distance even Yelland and Westleigh Straight. No joke. So seeeing one in Pilton Street especially early in the morning at this time of year could be on the cards. If you are very lucky!!!

& HDR info:

Background photo: Shot on a Samsung S1050 10M Compact.

The right hand yellow brick buildings were isolated and a new layer produced in photoshop, with subtle increases in contrast. Overall background also had some subtle increases in colour and contrast using isolated layering and softening with eraser tool in photoshop. The Hippopotamus was heavily reworked from the original using around 6 distinct layers and up to 20 smaller “snapshot” layers taken from the oriignal to enhance colour, tone and overall light and shade. All blended using “feather” with the selection tools, on most selections…and soft edged eraser tool to avoid hard outlines.

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