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Smoke and Oil

By keithh  
Colour version of a previous B&W.

Probably one of the most difficult conditions I have experienced. Taken at 1/[email protected], iso 1000 using an EF300 2.8 lens.

The engine shed had filled with a choking cloud of smoke as four engines warmed through for a days work. It was as difficult to breathe as it was to get any useable light....and then this lad appeared carrying a portable work lamp which provided some light within the engine cab.

have a great weekend...

Tags: Photo journalism Work Train Transport Steam Engine Candid Nymr Portraits and people

Voters: Shaun_Mclean, Boyd, PaulHolloway and 155 more

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Boyd 19 11.2k 11 Wales
1 Feb 2008 10:43AM
I prefer this version for sure although he still looks a bit goofy....but that's just my opinion.

Quote:if you do not want to receive critical comments please indicate in your reply and I won't trouble you in future.

Pete told me to say that bit.

sut68 19 2.0k 77 England
1 Feb 2008 10:45AM
Yup, with Boyd on that!!!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
1 Feb 2008 10:45AM
Can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually agree with Mr. B!
Conker 15 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 10:48AM
There is something about this image that appears to be surreal. I think it is fantastic and it gets my vote. Well Done
norton 18 2 6 Jersey
1 Feb 2008 10:48AM
Brilliant capture,given the difficulties with the light and smoke............

DaveU 16 1.4k 127 England
1 Feb 2008 10:49AM
Full of atmosphere this, and has a timeless feel to it. Man and steam machine. I'm with the others on preferring the colour version.
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
1 Feb 2008 10:50AM
Well done Keith. That's one hostile environment to photograph in...
Matman 14 37 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 10:59AM
Cracking shot Keith!!...Smile

ericfaragh Plus
19 149 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 11:02AM
I love the warm light through the smoke, nice dof for it.
keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Feb 2008 11:03AM
ta muchly guys

always meant to post this after the B&W, son, and I laugh in the face of criticisimmm.

back later
mattmatic 18 598
1 Feb 2008 11:10AM
Liked the B&W, but prefer this Wink
Gritty Tongue (as well as goofy Smile )
pmorgan 16 217 13 England
1 Feb 2008 11:13AM
Fantastic Goofy or not!

BillyGoatGruff 15 191 199 England
1 Feb 2008 11:16AM
ZenTog 20 7.9k 1 England
1 Feb 2008 11:54AM
yep another great from the henson archives,
Hailwood 15 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 12:03PM
Nice shot of adam keith, yer all right adam is a bit on the goofy side, adam allways has a black face evan at 5am in the morning
ian walker 18 717 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 12:17PM
this is very nice indeed, the atmosphere (or lack of it) adds so much to the composition
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
1 Feb 2008 12:38PM
love it.
you must have steady hands.
microchip 15 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 12:59PM
This is very talented photography.Exeptional work just love it.If we can ever produce anything as good then we know that we will be worthy of the votes that you are getting.Going to browse through your portfolio now.Well done again.
Richsr 15 91 223 England
1 Feb 2008 1:42PM
Like this Keith almost looks like a back to the future film shot.
Regards RIchard.
riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
1 Feb 2008 1:48PM
one of your best for me
keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Feb 2008 1:52PM
can't argue with that

Just back from the optician's.....aint specs expensive!!!!!!

thanks for the comments you lot
robincoombes 15 1 5 Wales
1 Feb 2008 1:54PM
Looks like I will be only dissenting voice when I say I prefer the mono version which I always regarded as one of your best though as with all yours the colour version is still well above average. Of course in the 'good' (bad) old days when this was the norm there was no safety goggles and few wore gloves!
wasper 16 533 1 Ireland
1 Feb 2008 1:55PM
Keith, would love to see the original as v2.
martinl 19 272 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 1:55PM
Should have a higher award than an RC for me. A real cracker of a shot.

stevieb 18 3.0k 2 Panama
1 Feb 2008 1:56PM
He's a dedicated chap. Even got an earring made out a lump o' coal Smile

Seriously I loved the B&W, and I'm still stunned by the results given the conditions. I particularly like the touch of movement in his arm.
keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Feb 2008 2:04PM

he'd have been due for a coffee break.

Will do Mr's the camel by the way?
ZenTog 20 7.9k 1 England
1 Feb 2008 2:06PM

Quote:Can't argue with that

Just back from the optician's.....aint specs expensive!!!!!!

thanks for the comments you lot

did you get the pentax lenses or did you demand the Canon L series glasses
keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Feb 2008 2:09PM idea who makes the lenses but they cost the price of a bloody Leica.
tripodted 17 32 1 Northern Ireland
1 Feb 2008 2:10PM
I do enjoy viewing your steam engine uploads you have a great knack at capturing the atmosphere so well.
1 Feb 2008 2:12PM
b&w is still my fav, but even the colour version is one to be envious off
wamp 16 276 8 England
1 Feb 2008 2:21PM
Like the level of detail in the large version, keeps you looking at it for quite a while

proz 18 205 United States
1 Feb 2008 2:40PM
Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
1 Feb 2008 3:34PM
Wow what fantastic image, love this

JouŠo 18 56 Finland
1 Feb 2008 4:11PM
high quality!

ESP 16 26 England
1 Feb 2008 4:22PM
Superb shot...I really like the colour version...great tones and shades ...just wonderful Smile

John_Duckett 18 386 2 Norfolk Island
1 Feb 2008 4:29PM
I think I actually prefer the B&W one...

PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
1 Feb 2008 4:49PM

Quote:I prefer this version for sure although he still looks a bit goofy....but that's just my opinion.

Boyd, that's because it's another self-portrait on a timer!

Actually I'll go with the colour one here. It has a softer feel to it. Looks good at ISO 1000 too.

POOCHIE 16 21 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 5:03PM
Colour version is very open with its warm tones and extra areas of blurred details and the b&w is more defined, with the blacks giving the larger details nice definition, has a totally different feel to the colour, really enjoy it when you turn your hand to photographing people in their working enviroments its very inspiring, and I like both versions, doesnt look as grainy as your settings suggest it could have been, but then you probably have a few noise tricks to sort that out I suppose?

shortski 16 3 1 England
1 Feb 2008 5:13PM
Superb image, soooo atmospheric and grimy!...jojo
jakabout 18 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 5:33PM
Wow! What else can I say. It has a retro sci-fi feel about it..... love it. Grin Judi
paulstefan 18 509 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 6:07PM
What a beauty
Cheers, Paul..
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
1 Feb 2008 6:37PM
Atmospheric, to say the least Keith. Ron.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
1 Feb 2008 6:40PM
Excellent, - reminds me of the guy in the Back to the Future movie.

paulcr 18 1.5k 9 Ireland
1 Feb 2008 7:44PM
I think a simple WOW will suffice here. Paul
Varanus 17 32 1 England
1 Feb 2008 8:00PM
Great shot Keith, could tell it was one of yours straight away!!
User_Removed 18 16 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 8:04PM
great shot
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
1 Feb 2008 8:16PM
blinking 'eck this is pretty special
stevem 18 238 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 8:38PM
Top work as usual, 'like no. 1 best personally.
Mike Gray 18 382 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 8:46PM

User_Removed 15 172 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 9:33PM
Nigel_95 Plus
16 262 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 11:42PM
Superb atmospheric shot Keith, and well done under the extremely difficult circumstances.

colin 18 697 5 Scotland
2 Feb 2008 7:38PM
Bags of atmosphere, Keith. Love the composition, especially at the left hand side which helps create an enclosed, intimate feeling.
park my ferret 18 1.0k United Kingdom
2 Feb 2008 9:42PM
great - very atmospheric

redstag 17 100 15 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2008 9:57AM
Spot on, and one of those rare shots where the colour has more atmosphere than the mono version.
Love it.
chase Plus
17 2.5k 667 England
3 Feb 2008 12:23PM
Much prefer the colour version Mr H. seems to convey the conditions better.
Costy 15 483 6 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2008 5:22PM
Cracking work!!! You can feel the tension, the conditions, the heat! Well treated! Colour is 10 times the B&W!!
Kris_Dutson 20 8.2k 1 England
3 Feb 2008 6:50PM

Quote:aint specs expensive!!!!!!

Tell me about it! I have to wear varifocals and I paid less for my second hand 17-40L than I did for them.

Still, at least they let me see this rather tasty work properly. Wink
Paintman Plus
16 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2008 8:30PM
I think this looks great. It has the quality of a movie still from a furturistic thirties film (imo).
stevebostock 17 244 England
3 Feb 2008 9:07PM
fabulous as always, prefer the colour version, but really just a great shot in either

martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 10:47PM
Colour for me too, a cracking image.
The_Collector 16 4 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2008 11:49PM
colour fantastic.
HowardA 15 231
7 Feb 2008 7:15PM
P'haps you should have gone to Specsavers...2 for 1 and all that Wink

Really love the contrast in the b+w version...conjures up images of U-boats to me for some reason (not that I've ever been on one!).

Mighty fine stuff.
irishman 18 1.1k 2 Ireland
13 Feb 2008 10:38AM
Stunning shot Keith
Dotrob 17 Wales
16 Feb 2008 10:29PM
Two great images.
chrisco 17 62 3 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2008 11:10PM
A classic Keith,nuff said! Smile
StevenPrice 18 30 2 England
3 Mar 2008 1:33PM
absolutley fab m8
AlleyCatz 16 274 6 England
25 Apr 2008 9:49AM

I missed this little belter!


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