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I had been over in Liverpool for lunch and took a few pics of the docks over there and on the way home sitting in the station I just had this idea.

The station Liverpool James Street (underground station) looked dingy and uncared for so I took this pic on the spur of the moment after a quick raise of my ISO.

Not having done much B&W for a while I wondered what you would make of it. Given the dark underground I had to use max aperture to achieve a shutter speed of 1/25 sec in the hope that it was enough wfor hand holding.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 - 105 Nikkor Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jun 2012 - 3:57 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.9
Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Waiting on a railway station
Username:Focus_Man Focus_Man
Uploaded:21 Jun 2012 - 4:42 PM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Transport
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2012 - 6:01 PM

Really good Frank, a good example of a (sub)urban street candid.


I think the mono is good, - perhaps just a little blacker with the blacks, - and on the rhs theres a bit sticking into the frame I would crop out. Noise looks decent, and perhaps a slight bit of additional sharpening, - see mod.


Good work, - I know this is outside your zone which makes it even better. So do some more!



regards


Willie

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2012 - 6:57 PM

I like the picture of the man, his posture, and the details of the station. I am puzzled about the relation of him to the poem - if there isn't one, I would crop it square and leave the poster out, if there is, I would probably give people like me more of a clue in the title! Like Willie, I would prefer blacker blacks.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 7:47 AM

Good well composed image. My type of thing. I would like to have seen a little more of what he was doing, but that would be difficult. You could just touch the dodge tool over trhe darker areas - his trousers etc. - to lift the shadows a touch.

Paul

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 8:53 AM

Thanks for comments, much appreciated.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 22 Jun 2012 - 8:55 AM

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 9:05 PM

goodness me , you have no idea how much that looks like me from the back.

it isnt me.
i like the relationship of the staircase and the sign / 54 marker with the figure though i think he may be better smaller in frame. im not sure about the white highlight top right frame and although grainy images are hard to pump up, you might try the various presets in photoshop plug in silver efex pro and im pretty sure you could boost some contrast without blowing things, done on a layer you could pull back the whites with layer mask and paint brush leaving the blacks darker.

good grab shot
Phil

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 12:30 AM

Well capture Frank. Grafitti at Station in England ... wow... i guess bad things happen everywhere not only in indonesia. Smile

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 9:17 AM


Quote: Well capture Frank. Grafitti at Station in England ... wow... i guess bad things happen everywhere not only in indonesia. Smile

To be fair, the station generally is in good condition, I selected a section that wasn't nor perhaps is it likely to be soon. Most of it has been relined with a new ceiling and seats etc (Where this pic was taken from) new ticket barriers etc but you are correct, the unupdated (if there is such a word) sections area disgrace. This is why I selected it.

Thanks for comments everybody and Willie for your modified image.

Frank

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