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It's a sign

By Dingus
Really not much to comment on this.
Again, it caught my eye.
I haven't done much to this photo, other than to get rid of some support lines. These weren't required years ago.

Tags: Signs General Trains Transport Black and white Signals Landscape and travel


Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 7:51AM
Good morning Jon

Quite an interesting image you've pulled out by isolating the sign in this way. Well executed in keeping the verticals straight and reducing this to a graphic shape of lines.

Equally the exposure has retained enough detail in the highlights and most of the shadow area. Perhaps a little bit more could be pulled out the shadows with a little bit of dodging particularly in the central horizontal board.

Just enough to give a little more tonal range within the frame.

I feel this would also work quite well in mono. There is quite a limited colour palette in this as it is however I think a contrasty black and white to make the most of the simple lines and shapes could be a good option.

I'll upload a mod to demonstrate my thought.

Nonetheless nicely spotted and isolated and interesting detail that would go well alongside other train themed images as part of illustrating the larger story.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 8:22AM
A perfectly good record. As a pictorial image it needs something to give it a lift. Strong lighting, strong sky, both.

Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 10:15AM
I can see very little colour in this (gold finials and coloured lenses, barely visible), but the main problem is lifting it from the bland sky. The black gantry works ok as a graphic shape, but the white of the signals and the pylon look drab and grey against the sky. They really need to look whiter, and the problem is the light, which is obviously dull.
If possible, return when the light is better, and maybe from a better angle, which would give a lift to the whites.

The meter has been fooled into under exposure by the large amount of sky, so you could have given this a little more exposure, but that would also have brightened the sky, losing any colour it had.

There are still a couple of wires partly cloned out which distract, and the cloning itself is evident in places. Perhaps a little more care is needed to eliminate them altogether, and possibly a bit of burning and dodging to give the structure some life, but really, it's the light that let's this down.

Dingus 8 118 Scotland
11 May 2014 10:52AM
Thanks for taking the time to comment with some hints. I'll try to explain a bit on what's been said.
Coast. I did try pulling the black up a bit, but this didn't work well so I undid this. The walk board in the middle became painful to look at. I do like the mono though. It does work well.

Ta Paul. I agree about the sky. Unfortunately the it's exactly as it was that day. I suppose I could have used a layer and worked on it.

Sooty (Is that your REAL name Smile} I had to travel quite a bit to visit this place, so had to make do with the conditions I got. Not great. See the bottom of the image, which was the only contrasting bit in the sky.
I've had a look for the cables you mention, but I can only see one. If you mean the one on the right at 45 degrees ish, it's actually a signaling part of the sign.
I do with is was in better lighting though.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
11 May 2014 12:55PM
The problem with visiting places is that you can only shoot them on the day you're there... Maybe that's why some photographers make intensive studies of a small area near where they live.

So I completely understand your desire to shoot this on a bland day. Never mind: British weather is bland (when it's not, we all complain!)

There's a lovely graphic shape here, and it's also iconic: engineering as it used to be, which has great resonance in Britain.

So - making the best of it as it stands: Paul's mono mod is one way, and his frame really adds to the power of the shot. I've gone for keeping the colour, but losing some of the brightest highlights completely in Levels, and then dodging out the cloud.

Finally, I added space on the right, and cropped a fraction at the bottom - I have the feeling that these foursquare artefacts are facing the future at attention, like brave soldiers.
Dingus 8 118 Scotland
11 May 2014 4:21PM
Coast. Can I ask you a question. How did you put the frame on the Mod you uploaded?

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