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Man & Machine

By mattmatic  
To be honest I still haven't got the bottle to be going up and asking for portrait photos - though I'm now kicking myself as the crew that were driving this train would have made some fab portraits.

Hey ho.

So, here's a little grab shot I took - he'd just finished polishing the engine Wink

(The others are available here: Rule of thirds and Departure .)

Hope you can forgive the severe crop!
Comments welcome!

Tags: General Train Clean Transport Rag Bluebell railway Polish Engine driver Portraits and people

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Coza 13 2
25 Oct 2006 11:18AM
Nice subjects! I wouldn't have cropped out the edge of the man, but it's sharp, and the cloudy blank background works well.



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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Oct 2006 11:28AM
mattmatic 14 598
25 Oct 2006 11:35AM
Thanks Coza - I know about the unfortunate crop (but I was kneeling and he was moving...)
Thanks Cole!

...and all you visitors :-P (Feel free to critique away if you want!)
PeterLondon 13 366
25 Oct 2006 11:43AM
I think you will find the guys that work with these old trains are passionate about what they do ... just start a conversation before you start taking pics... they will be delighted to talk for ages. then drop into the conversation "do you mind if I take a few pics?". Be prepared for it to take all day!

Last time I asked I even got to ride on the engine!
mattmatic 14 598
25 Oct 2006 11:45AM
Thanks for the tip Peter Wink
Alas, had the whole family along - so I had to strike a balance!
User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
25 Oct 2006 12:00PM
great comp balance in shape and colour Matt. Should approch some Rail mags with these recent shots.

take care Victor
mattmatic 14 598
25 Oct 2006 12:11PM
Thanks Victor Wink Good idea Smile
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 12:12PM
Brilliant shot. I think the tight crop and the trailing rag makes for an excellent composition, with some good tension and passion going on. The guy looks to be in a bit of hurry. Cracking colours and tones too.
mattmatic 14 598
25 Oct 2006 12:13PM
Many thanks Chris. Well discerned - they were preparing to leave with only a few minutes to spare.
Have a couple more of him doing the polishing, but this is my favourite - it's the guy watching me from the observation car Smile
rhiw_com 11 24
25 Oct 2006 12:36PM
A superb capture, the colours and tones are brilliant. Nice camera work.

Rg Tony
BigK 12 8
25 Oct 2006 12:49PM
Fantastic composition and sharp as a tack. For some reason think the rag in his hand just makes the shot - a sort of link between the man and the machine.

dionne 13 29 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 12:58PM
Well caught however it is a pity you cut a bit of the man off! I love the colours and the image has a sense of atmosphere. He is obviously totally unaware that you were phtographing him.
Ian White 15 183 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 5:43PM
Matt i get down to the Bluebell a bit dont be shy just ask they are relly nice down there
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2006 6:28PM
Like the shot very much. Steam is sadly lacking in my PF, but I intend to puit that right!
Good one.
mattmatic 14 598
26 Oct 2006 6:00AM
Many thanks for your clicks & comments!
Appreciate the HC - thanks Pete! - and the RC too Smile
PeterLondon 13 366
27 Oct 2006 10:31AM
Matt ... re your comments about asking people before taking pictures... I just found some shots I took in May at the Bodmin railway. Just by getting into conversation I was invited to ride with the driver of the train. See here
ljesmith 13 1.1k United Kingdom
27 Oct 2006 12:43PM
Not bad for a grab shot. But it is most definitely worth asking, that's when the magic happens.

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