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I grew up in Folkestone and despite thinking I knew every inch of the place, this bit slipped my radar and I first saw it about a year ago! I had been helping my husband find locations for model shoots and we had heard the station was abandoned but accessible.
Walking down the tracks to the far end which still had the Victorian pillars intact, you could see a hint of how fabulous the place would have looked in all its glory, and perfect for the Orient Express which ran here until 2008, but as you can see from my picture, since it was closed in 2009 it has declined rapidly, in fact a re-visit this year found it in an even worse state, the Victorian end now securely fenced off (elf an safety you know) and the vandals have ripped everything that is possible off the rest.

My shot looks back down the curve of the platform, with the newer end of the station out of sight, I wanted to give it a heavy process to bring out the decay and settled on HDR.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:17-50mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jul 2011 - 7:04 PM
Focal Length:19mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
ISO:100
Title:Folkestone Harbour Station HDR
Username:Bevy Bevy
Uploaded:7 Oct 2012 - 12:33 AM
Tags:Abandoned, Architecture, Decay, Digitally manipulated, General, Hdr, Platform, Station, Trains, Transport
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 12:45 AM

This certainly is a most interesting capture for textures and colour of what it used to be.
The shot still holds impact though even through the rust and grime. A picture that you
will for ever hold best in your album……Thanks for sharing……..

Jocelia……...

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 4:01 AM

Good HDR processing skills show in this image, with just the right amount of HDR applied.

Ade

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Oct 2012 - 5:02 AM

Wow ! This is a very special photo. Well seen and presented ! Thanx also for the background info provided. I just love it Smile

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hunter031072
hunter031072 e2 Member 2hunter031072 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 8:04 AM

Very interesting image, Atmospheric HDR effect used to its best.

Regards Roger

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DCox
DCox  2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 - 8:08 AM

I've come back to this image a few times now, I like the processing, the POV and the structure itself with the rust. good capture.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 9:10 AM

Excellent, portrays the mood perfectly.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 9:16 AM

I remember passing through here at the head of a school exchange group in 1980 or '81 on the way to the Paris region by hovercraft and coach. I am amazed to see the deterioration, even more so since you say it closed only three years ago.

You have made excellent use of the perspective. Although the bulk of the overhead crane and other gear on the right looms large, the more satisfying element aesthetically is the colonnade with its crumbling textures and the tantalising curve at the end. The composition ensures that this is the part that holds our eye. Very nicely done.

Regards
Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7459 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1037 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 9:19 AM

I'm not wild about HDR, I like the mystery of shadows and dark corners, and HDR seems to probe into them too much for my taste. The vote is for the composition, using that tower thingy on the right to balance the dominant lines on the left; and the grey/rust tonal balance which is perfect.
Moira

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 - 10:23 AM

Wonderful image and processing.

P.

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Richard_b
Richard_b  2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 - 6:48 PM

Great image - the HDR really works in this picture.

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tonyheps
tonyheps  111 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 8:06 PM

Love the treatment!

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