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Back a few weeks ago we took our U3A (University of the Third Age) Photography group to Tanfield Railway, in the excellent company also of John Chambers (alsoppdigitalart).
We set the group the challenge of finding three different pictures: a general view, a close-up/detail and a people picture. So I thought I had better upload my efforts. This is the general view for starters – the elephants' graveyard beside the engine sheds. This was the element in the challenge that I found the hardest, because I'm much more comfortable with details.
For those of you who object to being conscripted into silly games, and may have missed yesterday's development, the site has backed down and now allows us to opt out of VS Win/Lose roulette. There's also an opt-out, under Buzz Options, just covering Buzz notifications. I will miss the surreal humour of the pairings, but I think I can get by without it.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

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:5 Sep 2012 - 11:55 AM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Tanfield Challenge 1
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:3 Oct 2012 - 8:05 AM
Tags:Locomotives, Photo journalism, Railway, Transport
Votes:59

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 - 8:17 AM

Wonderful composition and juxtaposition of scales.

P.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:18 AM

A fascinating shot that epitomises the comings and goings of trains.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:20 AM


Quote: A fascinating shot that epitomises the comings and goings of trains.

That's what I wanted to convey Lynne, although the trains have long since stopped going anywhere. Thanks.

franken
franken e2 Member 113047 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:29 AM

Well composed Moira,

Ken

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:32 AM


Quote: For those of you who object to being conscripted into silly games, and may have missed yesterday's development, the site has backed down and now allows us to opt out of VS Win/Lose roulette. There's also an opt-out, under Buzz Options, just covering Buzz notifications. I will miss the surreal humour of the pairings, but I think I can get by without it

perhaps there should be a once a year contest, played off like the FA Cup...you have a `shoot off' against an opponent and the whole of epz votes whoever to the next round. Each round requires a new challenge!! That's my answer to the world's problems anyway.

anyway...back to your photo...you seem a little `crossed' between general and detail here Smile I see some great close up opportunities on the rh side of the frame...but perhaps you should have got down lower WinkGrinGrin

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:54 AM

Thanks folks. Jeff, there's enough detail to keep a girl occupied for a week here, after a while you sort of OD on it. I did take pictures that concentrate more on the general view, but I don't actually like them so much!
Moira

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:05 AM

Like the strong shapes and juxtaposition of scales in this Moira
Regards Richard

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:07 AM

Brilliant shot Moira, great composition, textures and tones I like this a lot

Hugh

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:13 AM

Lovely shapes, textures and tones, Moira, and the left side does put it into context. But definitely a 'detail' shot with scale rather than a 'wider' shot with foreground interest.... I'd appeal if i were in your U3A group TongueGrinGrinGrin

Dave

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:23 AM

I like to use the same phrase, " juxtaposition of scales," it explains the main aspect of the compo which includes the circles, and that is what makes it special. The rust and texture must also be mentioned, of course. Wonderful frame!

Last Modified By nonur at 3 Oct 2012 - 9:23 AM
SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:43 AM

You've given me an idea for a project Moira. The three-different-views idea. I was feeling a bit so-so about what to do so thank you for that.
Re your own picture, I love the closeness of the front of the engine and the saying Goodbye to the other one. Super. And excellent DOF too.

BTW, have you noticed that the people who want to scrap the current voting/comment system are those that either don't use it or don't get many votes. Seems they just want to spoil it for others and it's nothing to do with encouraging newbies as I've not noticed these spoilsports joining in and encouraging others to any great, or just any, extent. - IMHO of course. Hey ho, there goes any further clicks from Pete. Grin ).

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32885 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:48 AM

A wonderfully composed image Moira, one which really brings the scene alive. The choice of point of view really provides one with the opportunity to immediately take in the environment whilst not being overly obtrusive. From then on in the view seems to unfold, as it works its way to the next awaiting carriage and beyond. In summary a brilliant composition, capture from a carefully chosen vantage point.

Regards Nathan

JohnChambersPhotography

If I may add the company was a real bonus for me, I really did enjoy everything and everyone. Thanks for invite.

Seeing I have been there many times I feel you have given a true capture for what is available, textures, shapes,detail, close ups, rust...O there's plenty of rust to go around, colours, and oil, and the list goes on. So nice work Moira you attack things with passion and it shows in the captures you see, good work.

John

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 10:00 AM

Thanks everyone, and particularly John for his support that day.
Chris, I like to go out with a project in mind, it gives me a structure to work on, and motivation. This was taken four weeks ago today - we are about to set off for Gateshead to meet up with the group at the Sage. We are setting the challenges of - a composition for b&w conversion, to be worked on at next month's meeting; and curves plus reflections.
Re the site developments - Chris, it always fascinates me how the people who spend most time complaining about the Gallery are the ones who never show their faces here!
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 3 Oct 2012 - 10:02 AM
CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 10:31 AM

Love the composition, Moira, well captured. I soon opted out of the VS thingy, could see no point in it whatsoever Smile Carol

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 10:38 AM

Details are my forte too Moira,so the bigger pic' would be harder for me as well !!
Good effort here.
And I did not have a clue what that VS was all about,so opted out anyway !!
Mick.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 11:07 AM

A well composed shot Moira - those foreground shapes are very strong and the diagonal lines lead the eye into the picture very well SmileSmile
Helen

Last Modified By helenlinda at 3 Oct 2012 - 11:08 AM
Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 12:17 PM

The position of the curves on the right contrast nicely with the straight lines on the left.

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 2:00 PM

Challenging image Moira......stationary I presumeWink
Ron.

twelvemegs
3 Oct 2012 - 2:05 PM

Wonderful composition Moira, my type of shot.

David

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 2:13 PM

Yes, I noticed a new feature thingy saying you could opt out of the VS under settings, so I did! Wink
A great composition and capture here, Moira, and some fine rust Mikbee would be proud of owning! Smile
Trev Smile

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 2:32 PM

this would not be an easy image to accomplish-- to have the "thing" in FG as well as what is in the near bg would require some careful planning-- Sharpness thru out--working well here! Love the color contrasts here!

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 2:52 PM

Super detail and composition Moira!
Ann

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9472 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 3:00 PM

good choice of aperture Moira giving the desired effect.

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 3:28 PM

very well composed....superb

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 4:31 PM

I love all the different tones it really makes the image.Smile

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 5:22 PM

Well, I think you rose to the challenge and were more than a little successful with this element, Moira.
Look forward to t o the other two.
Ronnie.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 5:28 PM

Cheers everyone. We are back from the Sage - architectural abstracts, b&w in mind - rather more my comfort zone I guess.
Moira

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 5:36 PM

Super dof Moira, great view point, wonderful subject matter and HEY! have an award on me Smile

John Smile

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 6:08 PM

A very nice start and now I look forward to parts 2 and 3.
-=\Walter

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
3 Oct 2012 - 7:51 PM

A great POV

Peter

pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 - 8:49 PM

Lovely Moira, a really pitted buffer showing good detail, Peter..

bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:56 PM

Top class capture Moira must visit when time permits ( just opted out as well ).
Rob

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:20 PM

I like the picture and the pov you have chosen

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:59 PM

again, the object in fg invites the eye to explore the bg.
excellent!

francesco

aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 - 10:37 PM

All that effort, Moira!!!!! Bravo!!!!!! AniaWink

TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 - 11:59 PM

Lovely 'in your face' buffer!

Tel*

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
4 Oct 2012 - 3:42 AM

angoissant...

Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
4 Oct 2012 - 1:13 PM

Nice load of rust all in one place lol. like it good over all shot, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Last Modified By Tibetan at 4 Oct 2012 - 1:15 PM
Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 9:50 PM

Hopefully the VS system will soon be consigned to the scrap heap rather like these poor engines and carriages.

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