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To be honest I still haven't got the bottle to be going up and asking for portrait photos - though I'm now kicking myself as the crew that were driving this train would have made some fab portraits.

Hey ho.

So, here's a little grab shot I took - he'd just finished polishing the engine Wink

(The others are available here: Rule of thirds and Departure.)

Hope you can forgive the severe crop!
Comments welcome!

Camera:Pentax *ist-D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax SMC-FA 24-90
Title:Man & Machine
Username:mattmatic mattmatic
Uploaded:25 Oct 2006 - 11:15 AM
Tags:Bluebell railway, Clean, Engine driver, General, Polish, Portraits / people, Rag, Train, Transport
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Coza
Coza  9
25 Oct 2006 - 11:18 AM

Nice subjects! I wouldn't have cropped out the edge of the man, but it's sharp, and the cloudy blank background works well.

Click!

Coza

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2006 - 11:28 AM

brill!!!!

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
25 Oct 2006 - 11:35 AM

Thanks Coza - I know about the unfortunate crop (but I was kneeling and he was moving...)
Thanks Cole!

...and all you visitors :-P (Feel free to critique away if you want!)

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PeterLondon
25 Oct 2006 - 11:43 AM

I think you will find the guys that work with these old trains are passionate about what they do ... just start a conversation before you start taking pics... they will be delighted to talk for ages. then drop into the conversation "do you mind if I take a few pics?". Be prepared for it to take all day!

Last time I asked I even got to ride on the engine!

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
25 Oct 2006 - 11:45 AM

Thanks for the tip Peter Wink
Alas, had the whole family along - so I had to strike a balance!

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VICTORHABBICK
25 Oct 2006 - 12:00 PM

great comp balance in shape and colour Matt. Should approch some Rail mags with these recent shots.

take care Victor

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
25 Oct 2006 - 12:11 PM

Thanks Victor Wink Good idea Smile

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2006 - 12:12 PM

Brilliant shot. I think the tight crop and the trailing rag makes for an excellent composition, with some good tension and passion going on. The guy looks to be in a bit of hurry. Cracking colours and tones too.
Chris

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
25 Oct 2006 - 12:13 PM

Many thanks Chris. Well discerned - they were preparing to leave with only a few minutes to spare.
Have a couple more of him doing the polishing, but this is my favourite - it's the guy watching me from the observation car Smile

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rhiw_com
rhiw_com  8
25 Oct 2006 - 12:36 PM

A superb capture, the colours and tones are brilliant. Nice camera work.

Rg Tony

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BigK
BigK  8
25 Oct 2006 - 12:49 PM

Fantastic composition and sharp as a tack. For some reason think the rag in his hand just makes the shot - a sort of link between the man and the machine.

Kirk

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dionne
dionne  1029 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 - 12:58 PM

Well caught however it is a pity you cut a bit of the man off! I love the colours and the image has a sense of atmosphere. He is obviously totally unaware that you were phtographing him.

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Ian White
Ian White  11177 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 - 5:43 PM

Matt i get down to the Bluebell a bit dont be shy just ask they are relly nice down there

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2006 - 6:28 PM

Like the shot very much. Steam is sadly lacking in my PF, but I intend to puit that right!
Good one.
Jon

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
26 Oct 2006 - 6:00 AM

Many thanks for your clicks & comments!
Appreciate the HC - thanks Pete! - and the RC too Smile

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PeterLondon
27 Oct 2006 - 10:31 AM

Matt ... re your comments about asking people before taking pictures... I just found some shots I took in May at the Bodmin railway. Just by getting into conversation I was invited to ride with the driver of the train. See here

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ljesmith
ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 - 12:43 PM

Not bad for a grab shot. But it is most definitely worth asking, that's when the magic happens.

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