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This is the "Great" of Great Western Railway. This poor fella looked so cheesed-off, I just couldn't resist the opportunity.....

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Lens:135mm
Recording media:Ilford XP2
Title:Great
Username:spaceman spaceman
Uploaded:3 Sep 2009 - 7:27 PM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Traditional darkroom
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Frankett
Frankett  4
3 Sep 2009 - 7:38 PM

Really is great!! x

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 8:23 PM

Great image.

John Smile

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 8:27 PM

Thank you gents Smile

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peg
peg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 8:37 PM

Very good. Is that a scanned negative or a scannned print? Its only that I've used XP2 a fair amount, but I'm going off the way it scans (on my equipment anyway): it seems to give - oddly enough - an over-grainy result.

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peg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 8:44 PM

Back again! This is PJ/Street meets 'Graphic'.

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2009 - 12:16 AM

Hello Peg. This is scanned from an A4 darkroom print. I use an inexpensive flatbed scanner for all of my epz work. I've never quite been able to get my b/w prints to look as good on a monitor as they do "in the flesh". Sometimes they look a little grainer, sometimes they just lack the sparkle that the prints have, which is a pity.

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peg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2009 - 5:55 PM

Hmmm. Thanks. I was looking at a some prints in an arts centre at Hawick recently and thought that there's nothing digital that can compare with them. It's also why the greater photographers were often 'made' by greater printers.

This looks like a pretty skilled treatment.

I gave away most of my darkroom (kept the developing things) a couple of years ago - dammit. All the best.

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MickS
MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2009 - 9:10 PM

watcha Michael,
certainly is, I like the enormity of the building against the solitary figure, well seen and taken.
best
Mick

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jonwebber
jonwebber  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2009 - 8:46 AM

Gorgeous. It really emphasises the masonry.
jon

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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 9DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2009 - 9:38 PM

Great work Michael - would love to see the hard print as I would guess it is a thing of beauty.

You have a nice panel coming along here - ARPS maybe?

Bruce

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2009 - 1:07 AM

Thank you Mick, always a pleasure to hear from you, and thank you also Jon.

No, nothing special in mind Bruce. I wander round until I see something that catches my eye and I take a photograph of it and well, that's it. Now that you've mentioned it I can see there's a certain look to my recent work but it's purely coincidental - unless it's a subconscious thing. Having said that, there is one thing I keep an eye out for - words; for some reason I love photographs which feature words. Don't ask me why though - I haven't a clue Smile

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thorn
thorn  9124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2009 - 6:44 PM

Love the scale,selective colour,tones and texture,fantastic presentation.take care,AnnSmile

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2009 - 9:31 PM

Great

Bernie

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2009 - 10:16 PM

Thank you Ann.

Cheers Bernie.

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 8:40 PM

A wonderful composition that works really well in black & white.
Alex

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 10:00 PM

Thanks Alex, that's appreciated.

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Wide-eyed
Wide-eyed  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 9:13 AM

The juxtaposition of the word "GREAT" and the rather forlorn character on the bench works wonderfully.

Well captured.

Cheers, GRAHAM

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 12:18 AM

Thanks Graham, that's exactly what was going through my mind when I took the shot Smile

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VivienO
VivienO  4 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2010 - 9:14 PM

"Great" image. Love the composition.
Vivien

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 12:12 PM

Thank you Vivien.

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Rach1970
Rach1970  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2010 - 9:09 PM

Haha very thought provoking Smile
Rachel

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2010 - 11:16 PM

Cheers Rachel Smile

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John_Humphreys
23 Aug 2010 - 10:37 PM

A brilliantly observed candid shot. The smallness of the figure also works well in the picture. John

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2010 - 5:56 PM

Thanks John. This is one of my favourites as well.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2010 - 10:10 AM

You have an excellent eye. Smile

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2010 - 12:24 AM

The other one's not bad either Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2010 - 10:44 PM

Works very well indeed
Helen

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spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2010 - 12:07 AM

Thank you Helen.

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