Lamps And Posts (repost)

By woolybill1
I begin 2008 with a repost, simply because I like it. This is a reworking of one of my favourites from my last year's output, taken outside the old Mawson, Swan and Morgan building in Newcastle upon Tyne. The original posting was in small format (before I joined E2) and I rather fancied seeing how it would look at higher resolution (and of course Large + F11). Checking back through my files before archiving off material from 2007 and earlier, however, I found that I had kept the original colour NEF but not the mono conversion, so I had to go through the whole process again. I like to think that the new conversion is an improvement on the previous one, if only because I had only just begun working in RAW last spring. I had to work quite hard to correct the converging verticals while replicating the precise crop and mono conversion I achieved first time round.

There is another reason for the re-issue. The building on the right is of historical importance, as mentioned before, including a small role in the development of photography (Swan invented the Dry Collodion process). When I took the shot it was a branch of Waterstones, a firm which I hold in some regard for their acquisition of fine old properties which they maintain without modification. However, Newcastle has another branch of Waterstones, scarcely fifty metres from this one (actually just visible here, skulking behind Grey's Monument) and have chosen to dispose of the Mawson, Swan and Morgan building to a fashion chain. So this is my personal lament that I'll probably never go inside it again.

18mm, 1/80th sec @ f10, ISO 200

Tags: Newcastle Architecture Lamps Lamp posts Landscape and travel Grey and s monument Mawson swan and morgan

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 22 Wales
1 Jan 2008 10:06AM
Happy New Year Bill,excellent candid mono (I think) or it could be mono candid.Anyway well done.
derekv 14 3 England
1 Jan 2008 10:08AM
Nice one Bill, I like the B&W version and the receding lamp posts, great detail, well worth all your efforts.
1 Jan 2008 10:28AM
Nice work Bill, excellent image,
1 Jan 2008 10:29AM
Bill, what an excellent, reflective start to the New Year. I must admit to enjoying your commentaries which underpin your images so well. The context can be very important, and you have explained that so well here.

Regards, Mike
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 10:33AM
Lovely image. Works well with the main lampost in the foreground and the statue in between the looonnngggg line which also lead to another point of interest in this photograph.
Marilyn x
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 11:14AM
Lots of interest in the picture and in you write up Thank you
bayleaf 14 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 11:15AM
Nice image. Good to repost shots you like Smile

Good background info.

Best wishes,

looboss 14 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 11:20AM
Have a happy new year Bill
An excellent mono.

may 2008 bring many more happy memories.

helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 11:30AM
Fine mono conversion Bill. The the collection of posts and lamps here and the angle taken to bring them all together
fentiger 20 920 24 England
1 Jan 2008 11:32AM
A nice bold composition which is absolutely right in mono. Interesting background Bill.

Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
1 Jan 2008 11:41AM
Beautifully composed shot, and large really brings out all the excellent detail. Works very well in B&W.
Best regards,
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
1 Jan 2008 12:08PM
It looks like you & I have been thinking alike Bill by doing a re-post of something that we like....Great Minds Wink
The composition of this is really very good...I love how you have lined up the lamp-posts, but still maintained enough space to let us see the buildings in between.
The people also help to lift the image.
I like it a lot.
All the best Bill,
1 Jan 2008 12:27PM
I like this one Bill. It works well in B&W. Good view point too.
All the best,

John Smile
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
1 Jan 2008 12:44PM
How sad.....I hate when those "improvements" happens...someone should mount a protest. The tones in this are magnificent. You certainly have mastered the RAW format.
1 Jan 2008 12:47PM
Sad to see a fine building of character go to the wall for a glass box. I think I might get buried in a glass box for spite, but not just yet awhile.

All the very best for 2008, my friend, and many O'them
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 12:57PM
I believe it's at least Grade II listed so the structure should remain, but I imagine it will never look quite so dignified again.
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
1 Jan 2008 1:10PM
a great rework and as always with a fine description Bill.
Have a great 2008
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
1 Jan 2008 1:15PM
cracking description of, as you say important and neglected historical sight/site!
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
1 Jan 2008 1:25PM
Excellent shot Bill. I like the repeating lamp posts.
Nettles 14 England
1 Jan 2008 2:38PM
And the planners call this progress !!
Great shot Bill.
Wishing you both a very Happy, Healthy and Joyful New Year.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
1 Jan 2008 3:28PM
And what better reason for a repost Bill than you like it.I like it too.There is a lot going on here 'between the lines'.I think it echoes with your usual excellent standard with the commentary.The composition is bang on too.I wish you a Happy New Year Bill and look forward to future images.
glyndwr 14 103 10 Wales
1 Jan 2008 3:43PM
Nice tones Bill.

User_Removed 15 7 8 Netherlands
1 Jan 2008 3:47PM
Good strong lines Bill. I like the contrast between the lampposts and the background. Happy new year to you and yours ! Bert
IainH 16 82
1 Jan 2008 5:01PM
I like the facial pattern in the closest lampost, looks like a pair of eyes looking straight at you Smile
danbrann 17 640 17
1 Jan 2008 5:40PM
Thats progress Bill. Both the closing of one branch and the improvement in this final image.What a difference a year makes.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
1 Jan 2008 5:43PM
Like your composition and the tones in this. Excellent image - happy new year,
Regards Richard
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
1 Jan 2008 6:03PM
Someone up above mentioned context, and I agree wholeheartedly that it adds immensely to an image to read a bit about it. It also keeps people hanging around a bit longer Wink
I've spent the holidays converting images to mono - I seem to be wanting to see more and more of them, and this is wonderful.
A Booth 19 11 4 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2008 8:19PM
Happy New Year - still an excellent image with the contrasting cloud formation and architecture.
LauraBeans 16 32 Scotland
1 Jan 2008 9:40PM
A lovely shot. Great compositon and works really well in B&W.

Happy New Year!!
Lucy_Locket 14 35 England
1 Jan 2008 10:16PM
Great shot. Have to got make time to go back through everything 'Ive missed of yours ( & Mrs WBs also)
Happy New Year to you Bill

Lucy Smile
proz 17 205 United States
2 Jan 2008 3:35AM
mono really works here and as always interesting info to accompany the image!!
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
2 Jan 2008 9:37PM
Fabulous mono image Bill. Nicely converted.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
4 Jan 2008 9:44PM
Excellent composition and conversion to mono Bill. I love those old Victorian lamp posts, you still see lots of those in Malvern and they add real character to a place. Best wishes for 2008 and look forward to seeing many more of your images, Ed
6 Jan 2008 12:05PM
Love it! Fantastic mono work.

bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
6 Jan 2008 6:43PM
excellent conversion Bill......great tones!!!
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2008 9:59PM
This is a superbly composed image and the conversion works brilliantly
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2008 11:49PM
I think the earl would be very pleased!
Dave87 14 42 5 England
16 Jan 2008 7:57AM
Think your selection of making the first lamppost so prominent in the picture works really well and enjoy the others receding into the background, gives me the feeling of policeman standing on duty. You do some very interesting stuff Bill, like this very much.


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