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John ( alsoppdigitalart ) inspired us to look at Tanfield Railway. Over forty years we've been in the North East, including several years just up the road from Tanfield, and we had never visited...
Anyway, walking round I recognised some very familiar 'faces' from John's uploads, but I wanted to do my own thing too. So I photographed the foxgloves, against the very photogenic backdrop of decaying rolling stock.
I took this with a view to square, see V2, but actually I think I prefer the landscape composition. The paintwork has been slightly desaturated, the original really is quite garish.
Thanks for looking,
Moira
Edit - Foxgloves choose some very inconvenient places to grow, see V3. It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2012 - 11:01 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/4.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Tanfield foxgloves
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:8 Aug 2012 - 7:43 AM
Tags:Flowers, Flowers & plants, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract, Transport
Votes:55
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:44 AM

Nice dof.
Matt

SUE118
SUE118 Plus Member 7SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:49 AM

Delightful shot.

cats_123
cats_123 Plus Member 114361 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:58 AM

well composed and lovely flower colour Smile

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44299 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:01 AM

An informative and rather interesting foreword, supported by a wonderful composition captured from a great point of view, depicting the stark contrast of this gorgeous delicate Foxglove, against the rough weatherbeaten railway carriage, simply brilliant.

Regards Nathan

gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:05 AM

Very pretty Moira, the closer view in V2 for me. - gary

ChiliMan
ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM

What a lovely shot Smile I definitely prefer the composition in V1, Moira. The background frames the flowers more generously.

And I have to say I REALLY love that background.

Andrew

fentiger
fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:19 AM

An unusual composition but most enjoyable and No. 1 gets the vote.

Albert

KingBee
KingBee Plus Member 9426 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:19 AM

Ah, the beautiful foxglove, a true survivor. Lovely. I agree that landscape orientation suits this better.

Regards.

Bob

vickyf
vickyf Plus Member 9vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:40 AM

Manmade v nature - I knew this was one of yours, Moira, from the thumbnail. Creative as ever. Agree landscape works better.

Richsr
Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:42 AM

Like the way you have made this stand out against the background Moria.
V1 for me today
Regards Richard

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:43 AM

A grand background for these beautiful foxgloves, Moira, landscape for me, too. Carol

JohnChambersPhotography

Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,

John

morpheus1955
8 Aug 2012 - 8:49 AM

Super image Moira, well spotted and captured, for me I think it has to be V2 but it's a close run thing Smile

Hugh

helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:51 AM

Still torn between 1 and 2 - so is v3 going to be Bill's upload one day I wonder WinkWinkWink
Helen

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:52 AM

Well thanks everyone, a lot has happened while I was having breakfast!
I'm interested that most people do favour V1, I was dithering up to the last moment.
I'm off this morning to photograph our youngest volunteer at the Community Allotment, I'll be back here later.
Moira

tony64
tony64  11204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 9:03 AM

Looking forward to seeing more from this location Moira.
Tony

Jekaro
Jekaro  6 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 - 9:07 AM

Three cracking shots, Moira, very well composed and captured, V1 for me.
Roy

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 9:42 AM

V1 for me too
V3 ......SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

franken
franken Plus Member 123579 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 10:04 AM

Version 1 for me Moira - lovely!

Ken

rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 10:57 AM

Train was stationary I hope Wink Moira.
Ron.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 11:06 AM


Quote: Train was stationary I hope

That train has been stationary for quite some time Ron!
Cheers everyone,
Moira

Joline
Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:12 PM

Coincidentally, I am going today to collect some foxglove seeds. The foxgloves my grandmother grew in her garden chose to come up and bloom this year where the barn once stood. I hope they will continue to bloom in my garden.

You are much more agile than I am....if I had gotten down there, you'd have been pulling me out by my feet!!!!!

danbrann
danbrann Plus Member 10543 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:18 PM

A super place to visit and especially when these foxgloves are mingling with the woodwork and wheels of this old machinery.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 12:52 PM

Excellent capture, Moira, contrasts well against the woodwork Smile And seeing V3, well the positions one has to get into to get a photograph! Really made me chuckle Grin
Trev Smile

AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 1:33 PM

v1 for me too Moira and I loved v3 of course!
Ann

BarryC123
BarryC123  743 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 1:45 PM

Foxgloves always make for a fine subject, although try as I might, even with a load of them in my back garden, I've yet to take an image of them I'd be anywhere nears as happy with as this.
Lovely contrast with that backdrop, and as seems to be the general feeling, the landscape format suits this perfectly.

V3 is a gem of a different sort entirely - it's always great to see the lengths we're prepared to go to get that perfect shot.
Having read that the train was stationary does lessen the impact, admittedly, but still I am sure even were it moving, you'd have gone for it !

CaroleS
CaroleS  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 4:07 PM

It is V1 for me too MoiraSmile
Carole

mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 4:20 PM

I know only too well about your difficulties Moira.
I have crawled into some awkward places to get my rust !!
Good flowery uploads and nice to see some rust at the end !!
Mick.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51389 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 5:09 PM

v1 looks better balanced for me. v3 could be a 'stock' photograph, or maybe just designed to make a laughing stock of you!! GrinGrin

Dave

lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 5:34 PM

V3 made me smile Moira, you're so agile Smile

John Smile

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:14 PM

V1 for composition, and lucky for both of you that Ernest Borgnine is no longer with us.

You really both go the extra mile.

Dougie

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 8 Aug 2012 - 7:15 PM
pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1738 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 7:58 PM

V2 for me, more foxglove, less rustGrin!
I agree with Dougie and admire your adventurous spirit.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2012 - 8:23 PM

V3 is more like the Moira we have come to know so well and could be the winner here - one of my favourite flowers is the foxglove and V1/2 good to see what the lady is seekingSmile

Ray42
Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 7:25 AM


Quote: Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,

John

I quite agree


Quote: It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!

now that is devotion!!!

pascalg
pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Aug 2012 - 4:30 PM

#2... of course Wink

ChiliMan
ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 6:08 PM

LOL...excellent V3 Grin

LexEquine
LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:14 PM

'Great Set Of Images,' Moira~~ Smile

Ciao~ Peter

brownsilent
26 Aug 2012 - 5:49 PM

Awwww, beautiful!
Johanna

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