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John ( alsoppdigitalart ) inspired us to look at Tanfield Railway. Over forty years we've been in the North East, including several years just up the road from Tanfield, and we had never visited...
Anyway, walking round I recognised some very familiar 'faces' from John's uploads, but I wanted to do my own thing too. So I photographed the foxgloves, against the very photogenic backdrop of decaying rolling stock.
I took this with a view to square, see V2, but actually I think I prefer the landscape composition. The paintwork has been slightly desaturated, the original really is quite garish.
Thanks for looking,
Moira
Edit - Foxgloves choose some very inconvenient places to grow, see V3. It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2012 - 11:01 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/4.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Tanfield foxgloves
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:8 Aug 2012 - 7:43 AM
Tags:Flowers, Flowers & plants, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract, Transport
Votes:55
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:44 AM

Nice dof.
Matt

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:49 AM

Delightful shot.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:58 AM

well composed and lovely flower colour Smile

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32816 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:01 AM

An informative and rather interesting foreword, supported by a wonderful composition captured from a great point of view, depicting the stark contrast of this gorgeous delicate Foxglove, against the rough weatherbeaten railway carriage, simply brilliant.

Regards Nathan

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6515 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:05 AM

Very pretty Moira, the closer view in V2 for me. - gary

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM

What a lovely shot Smile I definitely prefer the composition in V1, Moira. The background frames the flowers more generously.

And I have to say I REALLY love that background.

Andrew

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:19 AM

An unusual composition but most enjoyable and No. 1 gets the vote.

Albert

KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 8327 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:19 AM

Ah, the beautiful foxglove, a true survivor. Lovely. I agree that landscape orientation suits this better.

Regards.

Bob

vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:40 AM

Manmade v nature - I knew this was one of yours, Moira, from the thumbnail. Creative as ever. Agree landscape works better.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:42 AM

Like the way you have made this stand out against the background Moria.
V1 for me today
Regards Richard

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:43 AM

A grand background for these beautiful foxgloves, Moira, landscape for me, too. Carol

JohnChambersPhotography

Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,

John

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:49 AM

Super image Moira, well spotted and captured, for me I think it has to be V2 but it's a close run thing Smile

Hugh

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:51 AM

Still torn between 1 and 2 - so is v3 going to be Bill's upload one day I wonder WinkWinkWink
Helen

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:52 AM

Well thanks everyone, a lot has happened while I was having breakfast!
I'm interested that most people do favour V1, I was dithering up to the last moment.
I'm off this morning to photograph our youngest volunteer at the Community Allotment, I'll be back here later.
Moira

tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 9:03 AM

Looking forward to seeing more from this location Moira.
Tony

Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 - 9:07 AM

Three cracking shots, Moira, very well composed and captured, V1 for me.
Roy

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 9:42 AM

V1 for me too
V3 ......SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

franken
franken e2 Member 113027 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 10:04 AM

Version 1 for me Moira - lovely!

Ken

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 10:57 AM

Train was stationary I hope Wink Moira.
Ron.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 11:06 AM


Quote: Train was stationary I hope

That train has been stationary for quite some time Ron!
Cheers everyone,
Moira

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:12 PM

Coincidentally, I am going today to collect some foxglove seeds. The foxgloves my grandmother grew in her garden chose to come up and bloom this year where the barn once stood. I hope they will continue to bloom in my garden.

You are much more agile than I am....if I had gotten down there, you'd have been pulling me out by my feet!!!!!

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9470 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:18 PM

A super place to visit and especially when these foxgloves are mingling with the woodwork and wheels of this old machinery.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:52 PM

Excellent capture, Moira, contrasts well against the woodwork Smile And seeing V3, well the positions one has to get into to get a photograph! Really made me chuckle Grin
Trev Smile

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 1:33 PM

v1 for me too Moira and I loved v3 of course!
Ann

BarryC123
BarryC123  543 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 1:45 PM

Foxgloves always make for a fine subject, although try as I might, even with a load of them in my back garden, I've yet to take an image of them I'd be anywhere nears as happy with as this.
Lovely contrast with that backdrop, and as seems to be the general feeling, the landscape format suits this perfectly.

V3 is a gem of a different sort entirely - it's always great to see the lengths we're prepared to go to get that perfect shot.
Having read that the train was stationary does lessen the impact, admittedly, but still I am sure even were it moving, you'd have gone for it !

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 4:07 PM

It is V1 for me too MoiraSmile
Carole

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 4:20 PM

I know only too well about your difficulties Moira.
I have crawled into some awkward places to get my rust !!
Good flowery uploads and nice to see some rust at the end !!
Mick.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41022 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 5:09 PM

v1 looks better balanced for me. v3 could be a 'stock' photograph, or maybe just designed to make a laughing stock of you!! GrinGrin

Dave

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 5:34 PM

V3 made me smile Moira, you're so agile Smile

John Smile

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:14 PM

V1 for composition, and lucky for both of you that Ernest Borgnine is no longer with us.

You really both go the extra mile.

Dougie

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 8 Aug 2012 - 7:15 PM
pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:58 PM

V2 for me, more foxglove, less rustGrin!
I agree with Dougie and admire your adventurous spirit.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:23 PM

V3 is more like the Moira we have come to know so well and could be the winner here - one of my favourite flowers is the foxglove and V1/2 good to see what the lady is seekingSmile

Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 7:25 AM


Quote: Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,

John

I quite agree


Quote: It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!

now that is devotion!!!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Aug 2012 - 4:30 PM

#2... of course Wink

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 6:08 PM

LOL...excellent V3 Grin

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:14 PM

'Great Set Of Images,' Moira~~ Smile

Ciao~ Peter

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2012 - 5:49 PM

Awwww, beautiful!
Johanna

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