Tanfield Railway 1 Penny in the engine shed

By mrswoolybill
I'm starting a little series, drawn from various visits to Tanfield in the course of the last year.
Tanfield is the oldest railway line still in regular us. It dates back to the late 17th Century, when wagons were drawn along rails by horse-power.
Three miles of track are all that remain of the line that once transported coal from Co. Durham to the Tyne for shipping elsewhere. The line includes Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world. Steam trains still run at weekends, and Tanfield is manned by a team of volunteers ranging from schoolchildren to steam veterans.
I'm starting with my friend Penny in the engine shed. (This image has previously appeared here in colour).
Penny was eyeing up possibilities for photographing the iconic oil cans. The first time that I saw them I innocently believed that I was the first photographer ever to spot their potential. I have since then watched so many others do the same.
But my take will follow tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Transport People Black and white

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:35AM
An image fuelled with both character and expression.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
29 Jan 2013 8:44AM
Great mono love the use of the light

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:44AM
Nathan, Penny is one of my favourite subjects. These are her hands.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
29 Jan 2013 8:48AM
Great use of light, wonderful B&W, I'll look forward for tomorrow's upload, Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:53AM
Thanks, early birds. I should add that Tanfield has recently featured in John alsoppdigitalart's portfolio, but I don't think my pictures will overlap with his last series. I'm not uploading a single train!
TonyBrooks 9 72 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:54AM
A Great all round image in B&W

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
29 Jan 2013 8:57AM
I haven't looked back for the colour version because this well timed and composed image works so well for me in mono.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
29 Jan 2013 8:57AM
a good photographer always thinks they're the first to take any shot GrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:59AM
Superb in b/w Moira.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Jan 2013 9:01AM
... better than an image from behind the cycle shed!! TongueGrinGrin

Wonderful bit of lighting, Moira, picks out Penny and the cans perfectly whilst retaining a little background detail, and the sunlight is on a diagonal (I do like diagonals Smile)

29 Jan 2013 9:02AM
Atmospheric and moody, great lighting as it must have been difficult. I've never heard of the place but may take a visit in now. Many of 'my weekly club' colleagues are into steam trains ( I don't see the fascination myself but each to their own) and will be familiar with this place. Anyway, interesting image.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 9:02AM

Quote:I haven't looked back for the colour version because this well timed and composed image works so well for me in mono.

Albert I deliberately didn't give a link, because I think the two work differently. I'm not sure that comparison between colour and mono is always helpful...
Thanks again folks.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2013 9:16AM
An excellent capture and presentation, Moira, great expression in her face, wonder what she was thinking? Carol
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 9:17AM
Great use of light and the mans expression is classic a well observed shot with great timing
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 9:19AM
Well observed image with interesting lighting that works well in your mono conversion....Phil
Great info Moira and it's a pleasure to see other shots taken from this great place, wonderful light well composed image, it has a lovely feel about it if you follow me. good tones works very well indeed in mono

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
29 Jan 2013 10:10AM
Gorgeous lighting and a wonderful composition Moira. It's perfect for B&W.
29 Jan 2013 10:20AM
The wonderful directional light across the composition which could hardly be better shows the detail here and throws enough of it's reflection into the shadows to make us pear and make out what lurks there.


Great start to the series Moira.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
29 Jan 2013 10:37AM
intriguing portrait : with this light
nice, very, in mono...
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
29 Jan 2013 11:06AM
perfect light....a fine capture
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
29 Jan 2013 11:53AM
She's beautifully isolated in that beam of sunlight. Love the cans lurking quietly in the b/g.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Jan 2013 11:56AM
Beautiful use of the light
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Jan 2013 1:01PM
One I can't stop thinking about. Such a mystery as to what is going through her mind. So well taken Moira.......Sandy
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
29 Jan 2013 1:07PM
Converted well.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 1:08PM
Sandy, thank you so much for the UA.
This one is personal for me. I shall put more in a pm...
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
29 Jan 2013 1:42PM
Beautiful low key image Moira. Intriguing, what is she looking at? what is she doing? Brilliant.

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
29 Jan 2013 1:45PM
It's all about light.

Without reading your commentary, anyone viewing this would immediately notice the wonderful contrasts of light and shadow. Even more, one could wonder when it was taken. We cannot directly know what she is doing in the image, and that would pique our curiosity more. By itself, it is a timeless capture.


For photojournalism, commentary fills in the blanks, sets the time, identifies the persons and the place. But for me, often I like for the image to stand by itself before I read...........
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 1:54PM
Great portrait..................... excellent moody light!
29 Jan 2013 2:00PM
A great portrait, excellent expression in her face and a superb light
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
29 Jan 2013 2:00PM
This is timeless.....and mysterious. Leaves one to fill in the blanks.
To my mind she is the mistress of the cellars taking inventory of the stores.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 2:11PM

Quote:To my mind she is the mistress of the cellars taking inventory of the stores.

Believe me, Penny will love that when I tell her!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Jan 2013 3:15PM
What mysterious and haunting light. Well done recording it to perfection, Moira. I am so looking forward to this series and what a great opening image this is. You've inspired and reminded me to out up a railway series I meant to do a few years ago...

...just jotted it down on a Post-It Smile But not for a couple of weeks, probably.

Thanks so much for the interesting info on the railway!

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 4:48PM
A beautiful composed image.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
29 Jan 2013 5:57PM
Moira this is a beauty, are all the light the subject matter the composition and the treatment are all high quality. Superb

29 Jan 2013 6:20PM
A fascinating image Moira, good Work.

John Smile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
29 Jan 2013 8:18PM
This is one well deserved GEA Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:21PM
Many thanks to Val for the GEA, quite a shock. And thanks to everyone else who has called in here. It's been a good day.
29 Jan 2013 9:39PM
Shed.....the best place to escape from reality, Moira!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 12:31PM
I am very jealous of this one, Moira. Superb work.
12 Feb 2013 8:41PM
A masterpiece, superb! Smile

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