Tanfield Railway 2 The iconic oil cans

By mrswoolybill
As I mentioned yesterday, the first time that I saw these 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.
Thanks for looking,

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
30 Jan 2013 8:07AM
You have done them justice Moira a fine pic with nice lightGrin


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Great mono, love the webs on the handle, well captured.

AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:13AM
Yes!! Love them. Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:14AM
A very well observed composition, great use of depth of field. The mono processing adding to the grotty, greasy mechanical setting.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:15AM
I love the cobwebs Moira. The tones are wonderful.

nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
30 Jan 2013 8:23AM
Super focus, compo, oily texture, cobwebs, use of light make this excellent B&W image, Moira!
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1738 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:36AM
Thanks folks. Nezih, the light was wonderful, I haven't had anything as good on subsequent visits!
Richsr 10 91 223 England
30 Jan 2013 8:51AM
Like the light and details in this Moria, well worked
Regards Richard
kaybee 13 5.3k 25 Scotland
30 Jan 2013 9:49AM
It is the wee bits of cobweb that finish it off
capto Plus
5 4.7k 8 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:51AM
Alladin 'Pink' parrafin I remember it well, a lovely piece of nostalgia.Smile

There's now't new under the Sun, just the Sun itself is rarely seen to cast some light upon the land.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 143 15 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 10:11AM
Great mono image Moira.SmileSmileSmile

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 150 England
30 Jan 2013 10:46AM
One of those images whewre you can smell the atmosphere.

30 Jan 2013 11:05AM
Very good use of the light
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
30 Jan 2013 12:32PM
The light bounces off these beautifully........Sandy
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 12:33PM

Quote:It is the wee bits of cobweb that finish it off

And of course, the light!
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1738 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 12:35PM
Thanks again folks. I have been busy photographing Daffy Duck sniffing flowers. That will appear on Sunday, I think...
The light was special that day. But the cobwebs get better with every visit!
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
30 Jan 2013 1:04PM
The cobwebs add so much to this. If they had dusted it wouldn't be nearly as interesting.
30 Jan 2013 1:31PM
A superb b/w photo, excellent light and details
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
30 Jan 2013 1:40PM
Light, shapes, textures - I would dearly have liked to be there to photograph this.

When I saw the image I also wished I could get out my oils and paint it - fine edges of strong highlights, reflected cool light on the shadow side - you know what I'm saying Smile

Those webs catching the light make it extra special - not of a place others have come to photograph, but a found still life in an abandoned place, where the sun shines in through a window catching the dust motes in it's rays.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
30 Jan 2013 2:16PM
magnificent details and use of light and conversion---material culture so well displayed!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
30 Jan 2013 3:10PM
They look like a jumble of tenement roofs and chimneys arranged like this. Very nicely done.
30 Jan 2013 3:14PM
Wonderful composition and well captured
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:53PM
I really like the dof here Moira and the splendid detail of those spider threads SmileSmile
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
30 Jan 2013 3:56PM
Wonderful shapes, light and tones Moira; superb B&W image.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 4:48PM
Good image I like it.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 5:11PM
I like the way you captured the cobweb and managed a little beam of light at the same time
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
30 Jan 2013 5:26PM
It is difficult to be first, great shot anyway

Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 5:50PM
Great stuff, beautifully takenGrin
paulb20 Plus
10 12 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 5:55PM
Excellent subject matter and well taken Moira.
30 Jan 2013 6:06PM
Lovely subject matter Moira, great Mono. Can't help thinking, someone has to take the Can back for this one Smile

John Smile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
30 Jan 2013 6:17PM
Perfect use of DOF, Moira. I like the detail that shows the cobwebs -- adds to the feeling that these have been here untouched for a long time.
Lovely tones well spotted and presented . it's time that forgot with cobwebs and dust.

rayme330 5 17 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:02PM
Very well captured, with excellent tones.

30 Jan 2013 9:23PM
Cobwebs aside for a moment, this photo takes me back a bit.
This is the sort of can (but larger) i had to take to the local bicycle shop about fifty years ago for our 'Aladdin'paraffin heater.
Five gallons, and it cost less than a pound.
Regards Justwilliam
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1738 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:43PM
My grandfather kept a cycle shop in the 1950s. Good memories...
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 10:22PM
Excellent detail and reminiscent of things that were in the sheds and garages of our childhood.

30 Jan 2013 11:00PM
Any oil droplets, Moira?TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Needed badly, today!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
LexEquine 11 19 United States
31 Jan 2013 11:22PM
'Superlative {A++++} monochrome tones, textures, details, & Composition' ~ Peter Smile
1 Feb 2013 4:10PM
Very good complex composition.
2 Feb 2013 4:37PM
I just love this type of image, Moira!SmileSmile
Excellent use of b/w to add a nostalgic atmosphere to the shot!

BonaFideNut 11 14 United States
6 Feb 2013 8:30PM
Nice still life. I like the composition and the light. It also reminds me a lot of the still life settings an art teacher would make his students draw... This would convert very well into charcoal. Wink
frz67 7 10 32 Italy
9 Feb 2013 9:31PM
beautiful light and shadows


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