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By Philo  
A progress photo from our large project in Sheffield. Anyone passing Meadowhall should be able to see this on the opposite side of the M1. My plan is to go back regularly and take shots from the same viewpoint (in the case from the top of the incinerator) and also try some panoramas as we have further work either side of this.
Any thoughts on composition? I have considered cropping a slice from the bottom or less sky but I do like those darker clouds.
Thanks again for the extensive feedback on my last upload.
Phil

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49er 16 564
21 Mar 2013 5:25PM
I watched a documentary recently about a photographer who takes industrial photos. His name escapes me, but one project he shot was the three gorges dam in China. I noticed a lot of his work was shot in a square format. They worked really well.
Looking at this image, which I like got me wondering if this would benefit if taken or cropped square.
Either way a nice image.

Just found photographer..below is a link to his site..
http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/
Jestertheclown 13 8.6k 255 England
21 Mar 2013 5:42PM
Hi Phil,

The composition looks fine to me as it is but then you know my views regarding the 'rules.'
The histogram looks healthy enough but I might still be inclined to think about adding just a touch more contrast perhaps but I do mean just a touch.

I've got a set of similar shots, although not all taken from the same spot, of a local guided busway that's almost finished construction. It's taken 2 years, 3 or 4 cameras, 3 mobile phones and about 500 images but it's made quite an interesting documentary set.

Bren.
Philo 12 99 83 England
21 Mar 2013 6:07PM
Thanks for the link, Edgar, some great stuff on his website.

Well done at sticking to your project, Bren. I don't think I will going that far but this will take 2 years to complete so I should get a few shots along the way. You could be right regarding contrast as I may have lost a bit by lifting shadows.

Cheers,
Phil
pablophotographer 11 2.0k 428
21 Mar 2013 6:59PM
Doh!

Instead of closing the hole in the city centre they open yet another one Smile At least this got the funds to be done. I should have trusted the Chemistry students I knew studing there who were filtering the water, lol.

Phil I have once comment about the photograph... it's the dark clouds at the top. Clouds come and go (do they?) Your work and your theme should remain focused on the progress on the landscape, not the sky. 1/5th from the top can be cropped.

Red deer serve the best water in town,
fermented.

Tongue
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 7:18PM
Composition is fine. A good record which will fit well with a series. When building new major plant we used to shoot images from fixed viewpoints on a regular basis depending on the time schedule. Weekly, monthly or whatever. I first did this assisting the works photographer in 1962 when my old works built the first top blown oxygen steel making plant in the UK.

That was mono with a 5x4 MPP view camera. Not automatic gubbins then!

Paul
Philo 12 99 83 England
21 Mar 2013 7:38PM
Pablo, you wouldn't want to drink the water from here: it's a sewage works! The crop you suggest is what I was thinking.

Paul, we actually have a fixed camera on site that takes regular photos and I believe we can get a live view of the site via the web. Sounds like really interesting stuff you used to get up to. I wish I had been into photography when I worked in industry. I spent 11 years at IMI Yorkshire Alloys (aka The Copper Works) after leaving school.

Thanks all,

Phil
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
21 Mar 2013 8:14PM
Don't crop from the bottom, there's important elements of the image there.
I almost suggested crop the sky, but on reflection the dark clouds hold the image in, a bit like a frame. Of course, you always have the option of cropping for a specific use - if you'd cropped at the time of shooting, you wouldn't. Smile
Philo 12 99 83 England
21 Mar 2013 9:43PM
Good point, Keith, the clouds do sort of frame the image. I new there was a reason I liked themWink
Phil
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 10:00PM
The only thing I would change here would be to crop off a chunk of the sky. It's simply surplus to requirements. The foreground is important though - all of that terrain will change over the months to come.
The image is clear, factual, informative. The viewer can see at a glance what is going on.
Recently my husband and I undertook a year-long project, documenting the demolition of the town's old library and the construction of a new one. You've made the important first decision, in finding a good vantage point from which to take the same view at regular intervals, clearly recording the stages of the development. We had to move ours a few feet, a little way into the project, as we had not bargained for how a tree's rapid growth would get in the way!
Moira
Philo 12 99 83 England
21 Mar 2013 10:07PM
I suspected too much sky but wasn't sure, Moira. It is a good vantage point and quite safe from fast growing trees. My only problem was the inconsiderate crane operator who kept slewing the jib. Could he not see I was taking photos?Wink
Thanks,

Phil
pablophotographer 11 2.0k 428
21 Mar 2013 10:57PM
Strike a deal with him Phil, you light a flare when you are about to shoot, so he knows when to smile at you. Until he comes down from the crane you may have a hold of that expensive lens that is carried by a car (made exquisitively for an oil rich guy) and you show him his close up.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 7:36AM
Interesting, Phil. Didn't realise there was a copper works in Yorkshire. Somewhere I never visited. I did my Metallurgical degree in Sheffield and we visited a lot of metal working plants in the area. Unfortunately the steel city and that area doesn't have many metal works left!

paul
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 9:08AM

Quote:My only problem was the inconsiderate crane operator who kept slewing the jib. Could he not see I was taking photos?

My first big laugh of the day. We had that for a year. The things can move damn fast, can't they!
At least photographing outside and from a distance you won't have the problem that we had of what happens when flash hits hi-vis vests... Wink
Moira
Philo 12 99 83 England
22 Mar 2013 11:58AM

Quote:Interesting, Phil. Didn't realise there was a copper works in Yorkshire.


Half of it is still there, Paul, churning out domestic copper fittings. The part I worked for specialised in copper-nickel alloys for salt water applications and nuclear facilities. We also made brake tubing for Volvo. Our sister company was in Smethwick, Birmingham.


Quote:At least photographing outside and from a distance you won't have the problem that we had of what happens when flash hits hi-vis vests


Flash and hi-viz just don't get on!

Phil

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