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East Lancs Railway, War Weekend

By philtaylorphoto  
One from Ze archive. The East Lancashire Railway held a Second World War Weekend from 28th to 30th May 2005 at various locations along the route from Bury to Rawtenstall. Hundreds of visitors in period costumes and millitary uniform thronged the platforms. Four mock battles were held at the Rawtenstall station.......

Tags: Photo journalism German Uniform Millitary


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
24 Sep 2018 9:56PM
Its an excellent image.

Unfortunately no exif data or shot details so difficult to critique.

I would brighten the face, clone that person out of the arch on the left, and remove the bunting coming from his cap as in the mod.

Nice work.



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24 Sep 2018 10:11PM
It's a Canon 10D with a Canon 20 to 35 I suspect. 400 ASA, Canon 550 EX off camera fired by an DTE2 trigger.

The 'bunting' is part of the structure of the railway station!

Surprising how good images off a 14 year old camera can be?
25 Sep 2018 5:28AM
I believe this is a wonderful effort in every way. Well executed and thanks so much for sharing.

Beautifully done, sir.

Ted447 Plus
6 216 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018 9:05AM
Great image. Ted. GrinGrin
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
25 Sep 2018 7:28PM
I think I'd like just a tiny bit more light on hte face. Otherwise, it's perfect. And scary - the sign and telephone kiosk put this right in 'The Eagle has Landed' territory. Though, in that case, the flags would have been replaced...

Good work, as I'd expect from you. Whatever the camera...
25 Sep 2018 7:54PM
Thanks Dudler.

You've got my intentions right, Britain overrun after Operation Sealion.

The paper it was intended for has a strict no cloning policy.
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
25 Sep 2018 9:22PM
Ahhh... Of course. We tend to speak lightly of 'improving' pictures, but forget that photojournalists need to be very precise and truthful, and that standards are, in most places, very high.
25 Sep 2018 9:43PM
Very true. Cloning out dust spots was OK. Basically anything you can do with dodging and burning, such as vignettes, darkening skies, lightening parts of a face etc.

Even HDR was frowned on. I once cloned out a stray dog of black pepper on a good shot, and that picture never saw newsprint.

I suppose that's why in recent years I've embraced Lightroom, as all those cut and paste options that turn photography into graphic art.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
25 Sep 2018 10:08PM
The low angle creates a dominant figure, and Willies mod shows that even with fill in flash a tweak in post processing is needed to make the most of it. Well done for using off cameara flash, it does help the drama.

It can be seen as 'setting the scene' but the red phone box right behind the shoulder could be a distraction, but I think the lighting and taking angle produce a powerful image it's not an issue, for me at least.
I'd have been very pleased to have taken this.

On a lighter not, I see he's outside the General's office!
25 Sep 2018 10:14PM
The drama lighting was based on Leni Riefenstahl's documentary of the Nurenburg Rallies. Basically overdone.

The shots of the Allied reenactors shot the next day had more of a Private Ryan feel.

The railway has now banned 'Nazis', which does make their recreation a bit one sided, like the remaining Chuckle Brother saying to me, to me.
dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
26 Sep 2018 10:41AM
I'm all for respect and not allowing fascism to flourish - but it's sad if we lose authenticity as a result. On the way to forgetting history (and so repeating it?)

To me, to me cracked me up!

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