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Now and then, you press the shutter button on what you know is one of those shots that will last a long time. I get bored with images very easily and very few get to stay on the wall for more than a couple of months. This one will be staying.

For the record, he's making a Spark Arrester for the chimney of a steam engine.

1/250@f2.8

Very busy from tomorrow for a couple of days, so I'll try and do some catching up today with emails and PM's.

Camera:canon eos-1DsMKII
Lens:EF300L 2.8
Recording media:digital iso 640
Title:Alchemy
Username:keithh keithh
Uploaded:14 Mar 2007 - 9:13 AM
Tags:General, Grosmont, Nymr, Portraits / people, Steam, Train, Transport, Welder, Work
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SamGillespie
14 Mar 2007 - 9:19 AM

Great shot. Very atmospheric.


Sam

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jondf
jondf  82475 forum posts
14 Mar 2007 - 9:19 AM

Superb contrast, colour and lighting. I prefer this one to Spark Arrester in that you can see more of what's going on. Great work...vote given.

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BillS
BillS  827 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 - 9:22 AM

Love it when a plan comes together ! Bill

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culturedcanvas
14 Mar 2007 - 9:24 AM

Agreed.

Probably the best shot in your portfolio in my opinion.

Dan

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 964 forum postschris-p vcard England
14 Mar 2007 - 9:29 AM

An absolute gem..

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
14 Mar 2007 - 9:31 AM

They're both terrific shots Keith. This looks cracking large but I'm still leaning towards the first one. Congratulations. Hope you're still taking the eye drops Smile
Howard

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 9:33 AM

For me, this one just has the look of wizardry about it, like a scene from some gothic melodrama.

thanks for the comments

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
14 Mar 2007 - 9:54 AM

I love how you can see more detail of the mask in this one...and the blue tinge to the smoke from the welding iron. Fantastic work.

If the welder in these images ever sees them he's going to be chuffed to bits I bet.

Ali

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 10:02 AM

Be interesting to see how this does on EPZ as it's as good as one I have on 270 odd clicks
Wink

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field  7 Wales
14 Mar 2007 - 10:20 AM

Excellent again. Prefer it to the arrester one. For me it really captures that strobe effect you get from welding...and reveals just enough detail.

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ripleysalien
14 Mar 2007 - 10:30 AM

Like both shots Kieth, Gives us all a target to aim for, excellent work again.

Steve

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MikeBonsall
14 Mar 2007 - 10:33 AM

I like the mood and composition of this one, including the shadows cast by the Spark Arrester thingy (hopefully someone someday will point to a steam train chimney and ask 'what on earth is that thing called').

However I liked the fact that you could clearly see the welding tool being held by the welder in the other one. The image had greater intimacy and tension (IMHO). That's what stops this one from being perfect for me.

Mike

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87281 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 10:33 AM

its a beauty.....even better large.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 10:37 AM

it is that.

Nah...the other one was a photo of a welder - this one is so much more in terms of light, mood and composition.

thanks for the comments

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 10:51 AM

Great shot, the blackness surrounding the welder makes it for me as it shows off the textures and light so well, excellent composition too.

Pooch.

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 11:08 AM

Beautiful play on light and shadows. Not easy getting the exposure right on an image like this, I imagine. Love the composition.

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1210396 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 - 11:14 AM

Quality and originality always shines through.

Andy...

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paulstefan
paulstefan  10509 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 11:23 AM

Probably one of the more interesting images I have seen on here for a while.
You nailed it, Sir.
Paul..

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 11:30 AM

Quite funny that the previous one is sat on 60 odd clicks and this is better by a russian mile.
Wink

thanks guys

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User_Removed
14 Mar 2007 - 12:08 PM

What's a Russian mile?

This works for me... And then some.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 12:10 PM

A Russian Mile...is then some
Wink

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
14 Mar 2007 - 12:19 PM

Is it like a country mile..only with added vodka? I really liked the intimacy of the other shot - the detail and the concentration. I know what you mean about the scene and the comp in this one but the feeling of precision and focus isn't so strong. They both deliver the goods though!
Howard

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 12:24 PM

Nice shot keith!!
Nice when you believe you nailed something thats for keeps...

I'm impressed with this one

Details great
Dave

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 1:20 PM

Superb Keith, this one and yesterdays upload are probably the only shots of yours I wouldn't have on my wall - reminds me of work Smile

Mark.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 2:21 PM

LOL....the guy under the mask is an IT technician during the week.

thanks guys.

I rank this image an equal with Iron and Steam II...POTW on here once over.

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 2:33 PM

... aye, but does it have soul Keith.

For me, I can see the technical merits of the shot and in that respect it's damn good, but on an "artistic" level it just does'nt excite me. Which either goes to show that I'm an ignorant pleb or the interaction between an image and it's viewer is a pretty complex thing. Food for thought though.

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 2:34 PM

....damn, I clicked by mistake Sad

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 2:35 PM

LOL...it's on the artistic level that I like this one if it has to be classed as artistic at all.

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stuwhitt
stuwhitt  101357 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 - 3:47 PM

I do like this a lot, the use of the light generated by the arc is pure class and must have been a bugger to nail

StuSmile

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Ian_Sweet  992 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 4:15 PM

What a beauty Keith, brilliant mate.

Ian

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dazzaman
dazzaman  8570 forum posts England
14 Mar 2007 - 5:24 PM

spot on keith

daz

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PatrickSmith
14 Mar 2007 - 5:35 PM

I take back my comment on the last welding shot, as to it being the best welding shot I've ever seen. It's this one.

Patrick

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dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 5:41 PM

I think I would have shaved a bit off the top, it spoils the composition a bit for me. I love the way you hid the end of the flame behind that bit of metalwork. A lot of people, me included, would have shot this from the left I think. Demonstrates the difference between a pro and an amateur nicely.
And you're right, its got a bit about it soul wise.

Dave

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RichardB
RichardB  9328 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 - 5:50 PM

Fabulous image ! I like this one especially for the pose and the stance of the welder. The wider view seems to make more of a whole image than the closer view of the other one.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 6:30 PM

I didn't shave any off the top seeing as it was going to sit in a a big black EPZ page and therefore have no top...as it where.

cheers guys

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VintageRed
14 Mar 2007 - 8:22 PM

'Magic' title.
Nick

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ian walker
ian walker  10716 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 - 8:43 PM

now i have looked at it large can i click it again?

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Westers
Westers  93905 forum posts Burkina Faso1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 8:44 PM

Know what you mean old boy, know what you mean.

Of course, completely overlooked by most people 'cos this has soul...

;o)

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 8:47 PM

Oh poo..you beat me to it,I have just arranged to photograph this kind of image with a friend of mine,I suppose I will have to revert to plan B & do the Farrier instead!
Nice work Keith,I really like those nice long shadows.
Janet

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 8:59 PM

well spotted on the shadows, Janet. I'm with a farrier in May!!

Whether it has soul I don't know but it is as good as anything I've posted on EPZ in it's own way.

anyway...g'night and see ya's on Sunday ish

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BenF  9 United States
14 Mar 2007 - 10:30 PM

Ah, nothing quite like welding lighting. Click.

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GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 11:53 PM

Love the darkness surrounding the welder. The light catching the cage thingy is superb!

gill

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fauxtography
15 Mar 2007 - 7:45 AM

Botht these shots are good, but for different reasons. You're right about this one being more than just a shot of a welder.

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Simon_Palmer
15 Mar 2007 - 11:15 AM

Such a beautiful image, everything about it exudes quality and atmosphere, you are a true inspiration to many of us Keith.

Regards Simon

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DP_Imagery e2 Member 10DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2007 - 9:38 PM

Top shot - composition, light quality -everything. Bruce

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big_aid
big_aid  7 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 - 10:42 PM

What a fantastic shot!!!!!! This is me in this picture, Keith spent about 2 hours taking pictures of me welding, he must have taken about 100 pictures, He even gave me a copy of this picture in A3 size, thanks again keith.I was welding a new spark arrsester for one of the locomotives i work on , G.W.R 56xx 6619.

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