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A Clean Sweep

By AlleyCatz
.....Sorry no pun intended! Wink

Good afternoon....My fourth image form the recent war weekend at Pickering.

Thought that this might suit a mono conversion...soot and all!


Thanks for stopping by Smile

C&C welcome

Large is a bit mucky!

~Alley~

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:08PM
Works for me; excellent candid.

Ken
Chant57 Plus
14 395 3 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:09PM
Absolutely marvellous Alley!
C
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:10PM
Incredible shot. Works so well as a mono.
SteveNZ 12 4 5 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:11PM
Superb. Oozes character!
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
22 Oct 2009 12:14PM
Fabulous!
Richsr 13 91 223 England
22 Oct 2009 12:17PM
Excellent capture - works so well in Mono.
Regards Richard.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:17PM
Amazing

keith
Wooly 15 112 4 England
22 Oct 2009 12:23PM
Looks good from here Alison.

Alan x
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 12:26PM
Thanks for stopping by everyone Smile


~Alley~
Tezz450D 11 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 12:39PM
Great image, looks fantastic
digipix76 13 577 England
22 Oct 2009 12:39PM
Cracker.


Ian
22 Oct 2009 12:51PM
Beautiful image, throws such memories up too. helen
SurreyHillsMan 13 27 2 England
22 Oct 2009 12:52PM
Superb Alley.. love it!

Jon
owp 16 168
22 Oct 2009 12:54PM
. . your right it's well done in Mono! . . is this HDR? looks like it? how are you processing these? . . . I like the effect.
Sezz 15 619 15 England
22 Oct 2009 1:03PM
Superb character study, perfect for mono Alley - "large is a bit mucky" lol Smile

Sarah *
Charlesmoss 11 14 England
22 Oct 2009 1:07PM
Look as if he has cleaned a few in his time
Wonderful shot
Regards Charles
baclark 11 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:08PM
Wonderfully gritty....should that read sooty, image! Great characterful face well captured.
Barbara
Andrew_Hurley 14 71 73 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:11PM
I didn't even know chimney sweeps existed any more! This surely is mono photography at it's very best. It has that international salon feel to it.

I sure hope you are going to enter it into loads of competitions, this should do really well for you - good luck whatever you decide!

Andrew.
LesF 14 182 9
22 Oct 2009 1:16PM
Me thinks a badge should be coming your way for this one Alley, wonderful mono and super processing.

LesF
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
22 Oct 2009 1:17PM
Superb image, what a face too..
maggieh 12 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:19PM
love this character portrait and mono works really well.
maggie
JosephLP 11 1
22 Oct 2009 1:19PM
like it in black and white
joe
Ian-Munro 12 200 15 Wales
22 Oct 2009 1:23PM
Superb processing as i'd expect from you Smile cool.
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:24PM
Just been to Tesco, so had to look right away. Really great shot it certainly does suit mono and I like the impression of coal behind him
Mavis
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:48PM
excellent
regards
Yung
RobDougall 13 25 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:48PM
Love the shot and the processing
Rob
Mitre 11 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 1:48PM
WOW,love it, great character.
22 Oct 2009 2:55PM
Spot on looks great in B&W lots of feeling and texture.
Cormy 13 3 England
22 Oct 2009 3:17PM
Super treatment Alley.You have made him even craggier than he is.
Fine image.
Cheers
Alan
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
22 Oct 2009 3:27PM
Ooooh very good Ms Catz. That BW conversion and gritty PP work really do suit the character. The dark vignette works well too.
paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 3:31PM
The character and mono make a perfect combination.
Paul
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 3:59PM
Works so well in mono
Seems like it was a great time to visit Pickering
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 4:19PM
Wow....thanks for the response folks.... Smile


owp: No its not a hdr....Worked in P.S
It was far too busy/crowded to use a tripod at Pickering.
So only single shots that day.


Andrew: He was a Chimney sweep....for the war weekend at NYMR/Pickering. I am hoping to enter more national/international comps, so this could def be a contender.

Thanks again everyone Smile


~Alley~
22 Oct 2009 4:44PM
Great portrait shot. Excellent work.

Paul....................
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
22 Oct 2009 4:53PM
Have you been sneaky and slipped in a new background Ms Catz? Eagle-eyed me Wink
danbrann 16 640 17
22 Oct 2009 4:56PM
A cracking image of another man of great charm who I missed.
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 5:10PM
Thanks Paul & Danny Smile


Oh ....so you are awake then Dave? Tongue


~Alley~
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 12 Wales
22 Oct 2009 5:15PM
Fantastic toning and textures...you have done it again.
Tom.
Thushari 11 1 Sri Lanka
22 Oct 2009 5:34PM
Great image. works so well in mono.
Thushari
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
22 Oct 2009 5:47PM
Cracking Alison...get it printed !
chris-p Plus
15 72 England
22 Oct 2009 6:53PM
Do as Janet says Wink ,triff shot
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 7:14PM
Thanks Tom,Thushari,Janet and Chris Smile Smile

Janet & Chris: Ok....will do if you so insist Wink


~Alley~
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
22 Oct 2009 7:22PM
Yep...we insist Wink
MikeMar 14 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 7:48PM
Brill !!
Mike
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
22 Oct 2009 8:53PM
Just fabulous Alley - love your work on this - good emphasis on his brush which is obviously a key element in this image .
Right up there with 'The Magician's Apprentice ' for me. Send it to the photo mags.
Hope this gets a bigger award than I can give.
Brian.
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 8:57PM
Janet Tongue Tongue

Thanks Mike... Smile

Brian: Thanks so very much for your very kind comment and UA it means alot to me....I am very chuffed inded! Smile Smile

~Alley~
Glynn Plus
14 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 8:57PM
Oh this is a wonderfully and skillfully mastered image that deserves more accolade. Beautiful tones and really there is no other choice than to go with the mono here.
Glynn
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 8:58PM
Thanks I.G. Smile Smile


~Alley~
22 Oct 2009 9:22PM
Fantastic work indeed !

Chris
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
22 Oct 2009 9:32PM
Thanks Chris Smile


~Alley~
RogBrown 13 3.1k 10 England
22 Oct 2009 9:46PM
Wonderful gritty portrait. Love your processing on these shots. At the risk of being pedantic, I think you've got a bit too much empty space on the right again but it's a cracking shot.
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
22 Oct 2009 9:59PM
Brilliant...I hope you have his details he's gonna love this!
22 Oct 2009 10:02PM
Well done on the HC & so well deserved

Paul...............
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
22 Oct 2009 10:03PM
Well done
GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 10:08PM
Excellent work Alley and congrats on the EC Smile

gill
kitsch 14 439 4 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 10:12PM
congrats Alley Smile
this is fantastic!!!!!
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
22 Oct 2009 10:15PM
As I was saying .................................................. congrats Alley.Smile
Brian.
chris-p Plus
15 72 England
22 Oct 2009 10:17PM
Bingo Smile
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
22 Oct 2009 10:19PM
Well done Alley .... it is a corker.
Glynn Plus
14 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 10:31PM
Well done Alison and so very well deserved i am over the moon for you.
POTW - You mark my words.
Glynn
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 10:41PM
Well done on the ~E.C , You and scaramanga I have seen today, excellent.
Mavis
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 11:02PM
Well done to you too, do you have a wall picked?
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 11:04PM

Quote:Thanks Paul & Danny Smile


Oh ....so you are awake then Dave? Tongue


~Alley~



I probably did see you take it then.
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
22 Oct 2009 11:11PM
Well done Alison,a deserved EC Smile......I still insist !! Tongue
RogBrown 13 3.1k 10 England
23 Oct 2009 12:01AM
Well done on the EC.
LesF 14 182 9
23 Oct 2009 7:09AM
Congrasts on the EC Alley, told you so

LesF
MikeH 15 217 4 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 7:28AM
Well done Alley, excellent P.P.,
Mike
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
23 Oct 2009 7:44AM
Thanks very much everyone....really appreciate your time Smile


Thanks very much to you also Pete Smile
Unfortunately I do not have his details....but if anyone does,please PM me Smile


~Alley~
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
23 Oct 2009 9:09AM
Outstanding Alley
wyatturp 15 2 England
23 Oct 2009 9:16AM
woooooooooo---Ec , well done this is fab dabby doSmile i will get my coat, well done

DougSmile Consider yourself at home.
Consider yourself one of the family , were did that come fromSmile
Sezz 15 619 15 England
23 Oct 2009 10:43AM
Congrat's Alley - well deserved!

S*
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
23 Oct 2009 2:05PM
Thanks Nick,Doug and Sezz..... Smile

Doug: Thanks so very much for giving me your UA...Very chuffed to have it Smile


~Alley~
wyatturp 15 2 England
23 Oct 2009 2:38PM
My Dad said well done , he thinks its great , takes him back when he was at home and Mr sweep would come round, and leave black fingers on the tea cupSmile
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
23 Oct 2009 2:41PM
Everytime I look at this, I want to sing:
Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee....
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
23 Oct 2009 3:58PM
So do I Cole ..... how sad is that eh?
MrsS 14 4.5k 18 England
23 Oct 2009 5:22PM
Not at all surprised this got an EC, Missus - - well deserved IMHO Smile

3-4-10 night?? Wink

F x
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 5:24PM
Brings to mind Sooty and Sweep for me Alley. Fine character study enhanced by the processing. Congrats on the well-deserved EC.
Dave
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 5:39PM
outstanding !!! congrats on the EC Alley,so well deserved Smile
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
23 Oct 2009 7:09PM
I think we need an EPZ sing-a-long....
Cole & Dave can sing the chorus together!
.......Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!


Doug: Tell your Dad thanks & Hello Smile
Fran: Is the sky blue? Wink

...And thanks David & Ollie Smile


~Alley~
martin.w Plus
18 602 25 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 10:42PM
Superb Alley...well done Smile
youngwooly 13 1 England
24 Oct 2009 10:08AM
Well worth the EC Alison BIG congrats

Mark
24 Oct 2009 1:42PM
fine portraits in your pf....
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
24 Oct 2009 6:19PM
Thanks for stopping by Smile



~Alley~
woodlark 16 545 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 8:05PM
Brilliant!!
Brian_Scott 11 42 27 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 9:21PM
Wow this really is Fantastic
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
25 Oct 2009 6:36AM
Thanks for stopping by Karl & Brian Smile

Brian: Thanks so very much for giving me your UA....Means alot and very plased to be given it Smile


~Alley~
wyatturp 15 2 England
25 Oct 2009 7:22PM

Quote:I think we need an EPZ sing-a-long....
Cole & Dave can sing the chorus together!
.......Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!

Doug: Tell your Dad thanks & Hello
Fran: Is the sky blue?

...And thanks David & Ollie


~Alley~



Thats not Fair were do i fit in how about i stand in the corner with a triangle and go ding--LOLSmile
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
25 Oct 2009 11:18PM
love the gritty feel.lesley
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
26 Oct 2009 9:13PM
Thanks for stopping by Lesley.

Glynn: Thanks so very much for your UA award....Means alot and very pleased to be given it Smile Smile



~Alley~
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
30 Oct 2009 7:30PM
Thanks Sezz for your UA.....Means alot to me and well chuffed to be given it Smile

Smile Smile


~Alley~
garymcparland 13 343 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2009 8:44PM
Dont know how i missed this, wonderful portrait. Many congrats on the EC Smile

Gary
jonah794 11 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2009 10:03PM
Congrats on the awards Smile
I think large looks great!
Jonah
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
1 Nov 2009 6:29PM
Thanks for stopping by Gary & Jonah Smile

~Alley~
andrejD 11 1 Germany
4 Nov 2009 6:37PM
Very good!
jimmypaton 12 19 Scotland
6 Nov 2009 11:01PM
simply superb
jimmy
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
7 Nov 2009 8:35AM
Thanks Andre & Jimmy Smile Smile


~Alley~
chris_g 14 3
14 Jul 2010 7:10PM
What a great portrait, fantastic work.

Chris.
31 Oct 2010 2:35PM
I saw this photo in a photography magazine and absolutly loved it. Im so glad ive found it on here.

Fantastic!

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