The Tanfield Challenge 1

By mrswoolybill
Back a few weeks ago we took our U3A (University of the Third Age) Photography group to Tanfield Railway, in the excellent company also of John Chambers (alsoppdigitalart).
We set the group the challenge of finding three different pictures: a general view, a close-up/detail and a people picture. So I thought I had better upload my efforts. This is the general view for starters the elephants' graveyard beside the engine sheds. This was the element in the challenge that I found the hardest, because I'm much more comfortable with details.
For those of you who object to being conscripted into silly games, and may have missed yesterday's development, the site has backed down and now allows us to opt out of VS Win/Lose roulette. There's also an opt-out, under Buzz Options, just covering Buzz notifications. I will miss the surreal humour of the pairings, but I think I can get by without it.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Railway Transport Locomotives

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3 Oct 2012 8:17AM
Wonderful composition and juxtaposition of scales.

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:18AM
A fascinating shot that epitomises the comings and goings of trains.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:20AM

Quote:A fascinating shot that epitomises the comings and goings of trains.
That's what I wanted to convey Lynne, although the trains have long since stopped going anywhere. Thanks.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
3 Oct 2012 8:29AM
Well composed Moira,

Ken
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
3 Oct 2012 8:32AM

Quote:For those of you who object to being conscripted into silly games, and may have missed yesterday's development, the site has backed down and now allows us to opt out of VS Win/Lose roulette. There's also an opt-out, under Buzz Options, just covering Buzz notifications. I will miss the surreal humour of the pairings, but I think I can get by without it


perhaps there should be a once a year contest, played off like the FA Cup...you have a `shoot off' against an opponent and the whole of epz votes whoever to the next round. Each round requires a new challenge!! That's my answer to the world's problems anyway.

anyway...back to your photo...you seem a little `crossed' between general and detail here Smile I see some great close up opportunities on the rh side of the frame...but perhaps you should have got down lower WinkGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:54AM
Thanks folks. Jeff, there's enough detail to keep a girl occupied for a week here, after a while you sort of OD on it. I did take pictures that concentrate more on the general view, but I don't actually like them so much!
Moira
Richsr 9 91 223 England
3 Oct 2012 9:05AM
Like the strong shapes and juxtaposition of scales in this Moira
Regards Richard
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:07AM
Brilliant shot Moira, great composition, textures and tones I like this a lot

Hugh
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
3 Oct 2012 9:13AM
Lovely shapes, textures and tones, Moira, and the left side does put it into context. But definitely a 'detail' shot with scale rather than a 'wider' shot with foreground interest.... I'd appeal if i were in your U3A group TongueGrinGrinGrin

Dave
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
3 Oct 2012 9:23AM
I like to use the same phrase, " juxtaposition of scales," it explains the main aspect of the compo which includes the circles, and that is what makes it special. The rust and texture must also be mentioned, of course. Wonderful frame!
SlowSong Plus
8 6.5k 29 England
3 Oct 2012 9:43AM
You've given me an idea for a project Moira. The three-different-views idea. I was feeling a bit so-so about what to do so thank you for that.
Re your own picture, I love the closeness of the front of the engine and the saying Goodbye to the other one. Super. And excellent DOF too.

BTW, have you noticed that the people who want to scrap the current voting/comment system are those that either don't use it or don't get many votes. Seems they just want to spoil it for others and it's nothing to do with encouraging newbies as I've not noticed these spoilsports joining in and encouraging others to any great, or just any, extent. - IMHO of course. Hey ho, there goes any further clicks from Pete. Grin ).
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:48AM
A wonderfully composed image Moira, one which really brings the scene alive. The choice of point of view really provides one with the opportunity to immediately take in the environment whilst not being overly obtrusive. From then on in the view seems to unfold, as it works its way to the next awaiting carriage and beyond. In summary a brilliant composition, capture from a carefully chosen vantage point.

Regards Nathan
If I may add the company was a real bonus for me, I really did enjoy everything and everyone. Thanks for invite.

Seeing I have been there many times I feel you have given a true capture for what is available, textures, shapes,detail, close ups, rust...O there's plenty of rust to go around, colours, and oil, and the list goes on. So nice work Moira you attack things with passion and it shows in the captures you see, good work.

John
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 10:00AM
Thanks everyone, and particularly John for his support that day.
Chris, I like to go out with a project in mind, it gives me a structure to work on, and motivation. This was taken four weeks ago today - we are about to set off for Gateshead to meet up with the group at the Sage. We are setting the challenges of - a composition for b&w conversion, to be worked on at next month's meeting; and curves plus reflections.
Re the site developments - Chris, it always fascinates me how the people who spend most time complaining about the Gallery are the ones who never show their faces here!
Moira
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
3 Oct 2012 10:31AM
Love the composition, Moira, well captured. I soon opted out of the VS thingy, could see no point in it whatsoever Smile Carol
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 10:38AM
Details are my forte too Moira,so the bigger pic' would be harder for me as well !!
Good effort here.
And I did not have a clue what that VS was all about,so opted out anyway !!
Mick.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:07AM
A well composed shot Moira - those foreground shapes are very strong and the diagonal lines lead the eye into the picture very well SmileSmile
Helen
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
3 Oct 2012 12:17PM
The position of the curves on the right contrast nicely with the straight lines on the left.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
3 Oct 2012 2:00PM
Challenging image Moira......stationary I presumeWink
Ron.
3 Oct 2012 2:05PM
Wonderful composition Moira, my type of shot.

David
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
3 Oct 2012 2:13PM
Yes, I noticed a new feature thingy saying you could opt out of the VS under settings, so I did! Wink
A great composition and capture here, Moira, and some fine rust Mikbee would be proud of owning! Smile
Trev Smile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
3 Oct 2012 2:32PM
this would not be an easy image to accomplish-- to have the "thing" in FG as well as what is in the near bg would require some careful planning-- Sharpness thru out--working well here! Love the color contrasts here!
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 2:52PM
Super detail and composition Moira!
Ann
danbrann Plus
12 629 17
3 Oct 2012 3:00PM
good choice of aperture Moira giving the desired effect.
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
3 Oct 2012 3:28PM
very well composed....superb
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 4:31PM
I love all the different tones it really makes the image.Smile
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 5:22PM
Well, I think you rose to the challenge and were more than a little successful with this element, Moira.
Look forward to t o the other two.
Ronnie.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 5:28PM
Cheers everyone. We are back from the Sage - architectural abstracts, b&w in mind - rather more my comfort zone I guess.
Moira
3 Oct 2012 5:36PM
Super dof Moira, great view point, wonderful subject matter and HEY! have an award on me Smile

John Smile
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
3 Oct 2012 6:08PM
A very nice start and now I look forward to parts 2 and 3.
-=\Walter
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
3 Oct 2012 7:51PM
A great POV

Peter
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:49PM
Lovely Moira, a really pitted buffer showing good detail, Peter..
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:56PM
Top class capture Moira must visit when time permits ( just opted out as well ).
Rob
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:20PM
I like the picture and the pov you have chosen
frz67 7 10 32 Italy
3 Oct 2012 9:59PM
again, the object in fg invites the eye to explore the bg.
excellent!

francesco
3 Oct 2012 10:37PM
All that effort, Moira!!!!! Bravo!!!!!! AniaWink
TelStar 11 116 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:59PM
Lovely 'in your face' buffer!

Tel*
4 Oct 2012 3:42AM
angoissant...
Tibetan 4 3 England
4 Oct 2012 1:13PM
Nice load of rust all in one place lol. like it good over all shot, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Oct 2012 9:50PM
Hopefully the VS system will soon be consigned to the scrap heap rather like these poor engines and carriages.

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