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Some may consider it clichéd be it the location, the mono etc (mentioning no names Ade Wink ), but Grosmont to me is about the people, the men and women who make it work, have a permanent smile on their face doing what they dreamed of all them years ago. This is what they dreamed of when they first saw the train go round that track on the living room carpet on Christmas day ca 1970.

On my recent trip I set myself a project to capture the guys in low light, convert to Black and White. The idea is for it to be viewed together, so I may get round to look at the gallery feature.

To compound matters, I can see far more trips to the NYMR, albeit a different station. At the weekend my best friend from School contacted me after almost exactly 30 years - he now lives in Goatland!!

I will use the Photography Choice Voting for the first time, but please if you leave a negative vote, please look at the large version first and then tell me what you dont like about it

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 100-300 F4 + 1.4TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A Happy Man
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:15 Jun 2010 - 9:09 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, Grosmont, Nymr, Steam, Trains
Votes:50

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
15 Jun 2010 - 9:24 AM

Superb mono and i never viewed large Smile


Ian

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 Jun 2010 - 9:29 AM

Excellent< 10/10
cor

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1090 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 9:42 AM

Living the dream. I love uploads from this place, these are people who have found their niche in life and are revelling in it. Superb, positive image.
Moira

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015117 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 9:45 AM

CLICHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wink

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72459 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 9:48 AM

Great image Nick - the backlight gives good accent to the central character, and there's good detail in the shadows too.
A very nice mono conversion also.

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sut68
sut68  111998 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 10:17 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Do like the candid pose and the conversion Nick, but isn't the point of focus in front of the main subject and actually on the cab and not the bloke [who seems a little soft]? Not going to vote it down for that though.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 10:49 AM

Like the composition and conversion Nick, suits the subject well, do agree with Paul on the point of focus. But still think its a great mono image.
Regards Richard

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wozza321
wozza321  5 England
15 Jun 2010 - 11:17 AM

really good image,i think a few minor tweaks and it could be a great one.but thats just personal taste.would love to do my own version of it.still an absolute cracker.well done

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 74062 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 11:40 AM

Thanks everyone. Warren what changes would you make, please let me know as I'm always receptive to new ideas.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 3:24 PM

No down vote here! Really good image, super atmosphere, compo! I
Anne

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 4:50 PM

An excellent capture Nick, and a very nicely processed mono. Gets the green up arrow from me!
TrevB Smile

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LesF
LesF  8178 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 6:02 PM

The candid moment captured is good Nick but regarding the sharp focus been on the engine is that because the steam / smoke is making the upper part of the main subject look softer, not sure still deserves the up arrow

LesF

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 74062 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 7:44 PM

Between them Paul & Les have a point, I did have probs gaining focus,just had a look there is another one with focus spot on but it needs more work so may have a look at that one. Tho in a large view of the Tiff there is sharpness beyond the guy. and theres a lot moresteam visible in front of him.

Nick

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DiegoDesigns
16 Jun 2010 - 9:28 AM

I get the point about the focus, but I'd like to have seen a version without the other guy in it. The strength for me is in the concentration of the main character. Anyhoo, it's a good shot... Dave

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LesF
LesF  8178 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 10:23 AM

Congrats on the HC Nick

LesF

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 74062 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 1:47 PM

Well I didn't see that one coming ! A big thanks PeteSmile I only noticed it when I saw Les's comments above.

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proberts
proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 2:36 PM

Cracking shot and conversion Nick. Will have to go to one of these loco sheds. They look a fab place. Congrats.
Andrew.

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Bonico
Bonico  4 Romania
1 Jul 2010 - 10:13 PM

Nice catch!

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peterthowe
peterthowe e2 Member 6peterthowe vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2010 - 2:54 PM

I like this one very much and visit Grosmont regularly. Will certainbly try to replicate this one. Well done indeed. Pete Howe

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