Alchemy

By keithh  
Now and then, you press the shutter button on what you know is one of those shots that will last a long time. I get bored with images very easily and very few get to stay on the wall for more than a couple of months. This one will be staying.

For the record, he's making a Spark Arrester for the chimney of a steam engine.

1/250@f2.8

Very busy from tomorrow for a couple of days, so I'll try and do some catching up today with emails and PM's.

Tags: Work General Train Transport Steam Grosmont Welder Nymr Portraits and people

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Comments


SamGillespie 10 94 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 9:19AM
Great shot. Very atmospheric.


Sam

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jondf 10 2.7k
14 Mar 2007 9:19AM
Superb contrast, colour and lighting. I prefer this one to Spark Arrester in that you can see more of what's going on. Great work...vote given.
BillS 10 27 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 9:22AM
Love it when a plan comes together ! Bill
culturedcanvas 10 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 9:24AM
Agreed.

Probably the best shot in your portfolio in my opinion.

Dan
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
14 Mar 2007 9:29AM
An absolute gem..
HowardA 9 231
14 Mar 2007 9:31AM
They're both terrific shots Keith. This looks cracking large but I'm still leaning towards the first one. Congratulations. Hope you're still taking the eye drops Smile
Howard
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 9:33AM
For me, this one just has the look of wizardry about it, like a scene from some gothic melodrama.

thanks for the comments
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 9:54AM
I love how you can see more detail of the mask in this one...and the blue tinge to the smoke from the welding iron. Fantastic work.

If the welder in these images ever sees them he's going to be chuffed to bits I bet.

Ali
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 10:02AM
Be interesting to see how this does on EPZ as it's as good as one I have on 270 odd clicks
Wink
field 9 Wales
14 Mar 2007 10:20AM
Excellent again. Prefer it to the arrester one. For me it really captures that strobe effect you get from welding...and reveals just enough detail.
ripleysalien 9 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 10:30AM
Like both shots Kieth, Gives us all a target to aim for, excellent work again.

Steve
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
14 Mar 2007 10:33AM
I like the mood and composition of this one, including the shadows cast by the Spark Arrester thingy (hopefully someone someday will point to a steam train chimney and ask 'what on earth is that thing called').

However I liked the fact that you could clearly see the welding tool being held by the welder in the other one. The image had greater intimacy and tension (IMHO). That's what stops this one from being perfect for me.

Mike
CathyT 10 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 10:33AM
its a beauty.....even better large.
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 10:37AM
it is that.

Nah...the other one was a photo of a welder - this one is so much more in terms of light, mood and composition.

thanks for the comments
POOCHIE 10 21 6 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 10:51AM
Great shot, the blackness surrounding the welder makes it for me as it shows off the textures and light so well, excellent composition too.

Pooch.
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
14 Mar 2007 11:08AM
Beautiful play on light and shadows. Not easy getting the exposure right on an image like this, I imagine. Love the composition.
andytvcams 14 10.4k United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:14AM
Quality and originality always shines through.

Andy...
paulstefan 11 509 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:23AM
Probably one of the more interesting images I have seen on here for a while.
You nailed it, Sir.
Paul..
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 11:30AM
Quite funny that the previous one is sat on 60 odd clicks and this is better by a russian mile.
Wink

thanks guys
User_Removed 12 3.3k Russian Federation
14 Mar 2007 12:08PM
What's a Russian mile?

This works for me... And then some.
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 12:10PM
A Russian Mile...is then some
Wink
HowardA 9 231
14 Mar 2007 12:19PM
Is it like a country mile..only with added vodka? I really liked the intimacy of the other shot - the detail and the concentration. I know what you mean about the scene and the comp in this one but the feeling of precision and focus isn't so strong. They both deliver the goods though!
Howard
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
14 Mar 2007 12:24PM
Nice shot keith!!
Nice when you believe you nailed something thats for keeps...

I'm impressed with this one

Details great
Dave
MarkT 11 119 2 England
14 Mar 2007 1:20PM
Superb Keith, this one and yesterdays upload are probably the only shots of yours I wouldn't have on my wall - reminds me of work Smile

Mark.
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 2:21PM
LOL....the guy under the mask is an IT technician during the week.

thanks guys.

I rank this image an equal with Iron and Steam II...POTW on here once over.
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
14 Mar 2007 2:33PM
... aye, but does it have soul Keith.

For me, I can see the technical merits of the shot and in that respect it's damn good, but on an "artistic" level it just does'nt excite me. Which either goes to show that I'm an ignorant pleb or the interaction between an image and it's viewer is a pretty complex thing. Food for thought though.
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
14 Mar 2007 2:34PM
....damn, I clicked by mistake Sad
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 2:35PM
LOL...it's on the artistic level that I like this one if it has to be classed as artistic at all.
stuwhitt 12 1.4k United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 3:47PM
I do like this a lot, the use of the light generated by the arc is pure class and must have been a bugger to nail

StuSmile
Ian_Sweet 11 92 1 England
14 Mar 2007 4:15PM
What a beauty Keith, brilliant mate.

Ian
dazzaman 10 631 England
14 Mar 2007 5:24PM
spot on keith

daz
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
14 Mar 2007 5:35PM
I take back my comment on the last welding shot, as to it being the best welding shot I've ever seen. It's this one.

Patrick
dp 12 163 3 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 5:41PM
I think I would have shaved a bit off the top, it spoils the composition a bit for me. I love the way you hid the end of the flame behind that bit of metalwork. A lot of people, me included, would have shot this from the left I think. Demonstrates the difference between a pro and an amateur nicely.
And you're right, its got a bit about it soul wise.

Dave
RichardB 11 328 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 5:50PM
Fabulous image ! I like this one especially for the pose and the stance of the welder. The wider view seems to make more of a whole image than the closer view of the other one.
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 6:30PM
I didn't shave any off the top seeing as it was going to sit in a a big black EPZ page and therefore have no top...as it where.

cheers guys
VintageRed 10 15 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 8:22PM
'Magic' title.
Nick
ian walker 12 716 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 8:43PM
now i have looked at it large can i click it again?
Westers 11 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
14 Mar 2007 8:44PM
Know what you mean old boy, know what you mean.

Of course, completely overlooked by most people 'cos this has soul...

;o)
chase 11 1.1k 246 England
14 Mar 2007 8:47PM
Oh poo..you beat me to it,I have just arranged to photograph this kind of image with a friend of mine,I suppose I will have to revert to plan B & do the Farrier instead!
Nice work Keith,I really like those nice long shadows.
Janet
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Mar 2007 8:59PM
well spotted on the shadows, Janet. I'm with a farrier in May!!

Whether it has soul I don't know but it is as good as anything I've posted on EPZ in it's own way.

anyway...g'night and see ya's on Sunday ish
BenF 11 14 United States
14 Mar 2007 10:30PM
Ah, nothing quite like welding lighting. Click.
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:53PM
Love the darkness surrounding the welder. The light catching the cage thingy is superb!

gill
fauxtography 11 6.6k 36
15 Mar 2007 7:45AM
Botht these shots are good, but for different reasons. You're right about this one being more than just a shot of a welder.
Simon_Palmer 10 759 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2007 11:15AM
Such a beautiful image, everything about it exudes quality and atmosphere, you are a true inspiration to many of us Keith.

Regards Simon
DP_Imagery Plus
11 24 6 Wales
15 Mar 2007 9:38PM
Top shot - composition, light quality -everything. Bruce
21 Sep 2007 10:42PM
What a fantastic shot!!!!!! This is me in this picture, Keith spent about 2 hours taking pictures of me welding, he must have taken about 100 pictures, He even gave me a copy of this picture in A3 size, thanks again keith.I was welding a new spark arrsester for one of the locomotives i work on , G.W.R 56xx 6619.

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