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I'm starting a little series, drawn from various visits to Tanfield in the course of the last year.
Tanfield is the oldest railway line still in regular us. It dates back to the late 17th Century, when wagons were drawn along rails by horse-power.
Three miles of track are all that remain of the line that once transported coal from Co. Durham to the Tyne for shipping elsewhere. The line includes Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world. Steam trains still run at weekends, and Tanfield is manned by a team of volunteers ranging from schoolchildren to steam veterans.
I'm starting with my friend Penny in the engine shed. (This image has previously appeared here in colour).
Penny was eyeing up possibilities for photographing the iconic oil cans. The first time that I saw them I innocently believed that I was the first photographer ever to spot their potential. I have since then watched so many others do the same.
But my take will follow tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Sep 2012 - 11:41 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Tanfield Railway 1 Penny in the engine shed
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:29 Jan 2013 - 8:30 AM
Tags:Black & white, People, Photo journalism, Transport
Votes:73

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 8:35 AM

An image fuelled with both character and expression.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Briwooly
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:44 AM

Great mono love the use of the light

Brian....................

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mrswoolybill
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:44 AM

Nathan, Penny is one of my favourite subjects. These are her hands.
Moira

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nonur
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:48 AM

Great use of light, wonderful B&W, I'll look forward for tomorrow's upload, Moira.

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mrswoolybill
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:53 AM

Thanks, early birds. I should add that Tanfield has recently featured in John alsoppdigitalart's portfolio, but I don't think my pictures will overlap with his last series. I'm not uploading a single train!
Moira

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TonyBrooks
29 Jan 2013 - 8:54 AM

A Great all round image in B&W


Tony

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fentiger
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:57 AM

I haven't looked back for the colour version because this well timed and composed image works so well for me in mono.

Albert

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cats_123
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:57 AM

a good photographer always thinks they're the first to take any shot GrinGrinGrin

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franken
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29 Jan 2013 - 8:59 AM

Superb in b/w Moira.

Ken

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41050 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 9:01 AM

... better than an image from behind the cycle shed!! TongueGrinGrin

Wonderful bit of lighting, Moira, picks out Penny and the cans perfectly whilst retaining a little background detail, and the sunlight is on a diagonal (I do like diagonals Smile)

Dave

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desborokev
29 Jan 2013 - 9:02 AM

Atmospheric and moody, great lighting as it must have been difficult. I've never heard of the place but may take a visit in now. Many of 'my weekly club' colleagues are into steam trains ( I don't see the fascination myself but each to their own) and will be familiar with this place. Anyway, interesting image.

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29 Jan 2013 - 9:02 AM


Quote: I haven't looked back for the colour version because this well timed and composed image works so well for me in mono.

Albert I deliberately didn't give a link, because I think the two work differently. I'm not sure that comparison between colour and mono is always helpful...
Thanks again folks.
Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 9:16 AM

An excellent capture and presentation, Moira, great expression in her face, wonder what she was thinking? Carol

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pluckyfilly
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29 Jan 2013 - 9:17 AM

Great use of light and the mans expression is classic a well observed shot with great timing

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phil99
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29 Jan 2013 - 9:19 AM

Well observed image with interesting lighting that works well in your mono conversion....Phil

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JohnChambersPhotography

Great info Moira and it's a pleasure to see other shots taken from this great place, wonderful light well composed image, it has a lovely feel about it if you follow me. good tones works very well indeed in mono

John

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Rende
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29 Jan 2013 - 10:10 AM

Gorgeous lighting and a wonderful composition Moira. It's perfect for B&W.
Rende

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Scottishlandscapes
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29 Jan 2013 - 10:20 AM

The wonderful directional light across the composition which could hardly be better shows the detail here and throws enough of it's reflection into the shadows to make us pear and make out what lurks there.

Dougie

Great start to the series Moira.

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29 Jan 2013 - 10:37 AM

intriguing portrait : with this light
nice, very, in mono...

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bliba
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29 Jan 2013 - 11:06 AM

perfect light....a fine capture

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SlowSong
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29 Jan 2013 - 11:53 AM

She's beautifully isolated in that beam of sunlight. Love the cans lurking quietly in the b/g.
x

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29 Jan 2013 - 11:56 AM

Beautiful use of the light

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Daisymaye
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29 Jan 2013 - 1:01 PM

One I can't stop thinking about. Such a mystery as to what is going through her mind. So well taken Moira.......Sandy

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29 Jan 2013 - 1:07 PM

Converted well.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 1:08 PM

Sandy, thank you so much for the UA.
This one is personal for me. I shall put more in a pm...
Moira

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Hop-A-Long
29 Jan 2013 - 1:42 PM

Beautiful low key image Moira. Intriguing, what is she looking at? what is she doing? Brilliant.

Andy

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AnneWorner
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29 Jan 2013 - 1:45 PM

It's all about light.

Without reading your commentary, anyone viewing this would immediately notice the wonderful contrasts of light and shadow. Even more, one could wonder when it was taken. We cannot directly know what she is doing in the image, and that would pique our curiosity more. By itself, it is a timeless capture.

Anne

For photojournalism, commentary fills in the blanks, sets the time, identifies the persons and the place. But for me, often I like for the image to stand by itself before I read...........

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29 Jan 2013 - 1:54 PM

Great portrait..................... excellent moody light!
Diane

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29 Jan 2013 - 2:00 PM

A great portrait, excellent expression in her face and a superb light
Effrossini

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Joline
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29 Jan 2013 - 2:00 PM

This is timeless.....and mysterious. Leaves one to fill in the blanks.
To my mind she is the mistress of the cellars taking inventory of the stores.

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29 Jan 2013 - 2:11 PM


Quote: To my mind she is the mistress of the cellars taking inventory of the stores.

Believe me, Penny will love that when I tell her!
Moira

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ChiliMan
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29 Jan 2013 - 3:15 PM

What mysterious and haunting light. Well done recording it to perfection, Moira. I am so looking forward to this series and what a great opening image this is. You've inspired and reminded me to out up a railway series I meant to do a few years ago...

...just jotted it down on a Post-It Smile But not for a couple of weeks, probably.

Thanks so much for the interesting info on the railway!

Andrew

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29 Jan 2013 - 4:48 PM

A beautiful composed image.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 5:57 PM

Moira this is a beauty, are all the light the subject matter the composition and the treatment are all high quality. Superb

Rod

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29 Jan 2013 - 6:20 PM

A fascinating image Moira, good Work.

John Smile

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29 Jan 2013 - 8:18 PM

This is one well deserved GEA Smile

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29 Jan 2013 - 8:21 PM

Many thanks to Val for the GEA, quite a shock. And thanks to everyone else who has called in here. It's been a good day.
Moira

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 - 9:39 PM

Shed.....the best place to escape from reality, Moira!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
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30 Jan 2013 - 12:31 PM

I am very jealous of this one, Moira. Superb work.
Sandra

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bcawood  2 South Africa
12 Feb 2013 - 8:41 PM

A masterpiece, superb! Smile

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