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A Happy Man

By Nick_w      
Some may consider it clichéd be it the location, the mono etc (mentioning no names Ade Wink ), but Grosmont to me is about the people, the men and women who make it work, have a permanent smile on their face doing what they dreamed of all them years ago. This is what they dreamed of when they first saw the train go round that track on the living room carpet on Christmas day ca 1970.

On my recent trip I set myself a project to capture the guys in low light, convert to Black and White. The idea is for it to be viewed together, so I may get round to look at the gallery feature.

To compound matters, I can see far more trips to the NYMR, albeit a different station. At the weekend my best friend from School contacted me after almost exactly 30 years - he now lives in Goatland!!

I will use the Photography Choice Voting for the first time, but please if you leave a negative vote, please look at the large version first and then tell me what you dont like about it

Tags: General Trains Steam Black and white Grosmont Nymr

Voters: pronabk, magicman, digipix76 and 47 more

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digipix76 11 577 England
15 Jun 2010 9:24AM
Superb mono and i never viewed large Smile


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Cor 9 Belgium
15 Jun 2010 9:29AM
Excellent< 10/10
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 9:42AM
Living the dream. I love uploads from this place, these are people who have found their niche in life and are revelling in it. Superb, positive image.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
15 Jun 2010 9:45AM
CLICHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wink
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 9:48AM
Great image Nick - the backlight gives good accent to the central character, and there's good detail in the shadows too.
A very nice mono conversion also.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
15 Jun 2010 10:17AM
Do like the candid pose and the conversion Nick, but isn't the point of focus in front of the main subject and actually on the cab and not the bloke [who seems a little soft]? Not going to vote it down for that though.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
15 Jun 2010 10:49AM
Like the composition and conversion Nick, suits the subject well, do agree with Paul on the point of focus. But still think its a great mono image.
Regards Richard
15 Jun 2010 11:17AM
really good image,i think a few minor tweaks and it could be a great one.but thats just personal taste.would love to do my own version of it.still an absolute cracker.well done
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
15 Jun 2010 11:40AM
Thanks everyone. Warren what changes would you make, please let me know as I'm always receptive to new ideas.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
15 Jun 2010 3:24PM
No down vote here! Really good image, super atmosphere, compo! I
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
15 Jun 2010 4:50PM
An excellent capture Nick, and a very nicely processed mono. Gets the green up arrow from me!
TrevB Smile
LesF 11 182 9
15 Jun 2010 6:02PM
The candid moment captured is good Nick but regarding the sharp focus been on the engine is that because the steam / smoke is making the upper part of the main subject look softer, not sure still deserves the up arrow

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
15 Jun 2010 7:44PM
Between them Paul & Les have a point, I did have probs gaining focus,just had a look there is another one with focus spot on but it needs more work so may have a look at that one. Tho in a large view of the Tiff there is sharpness beyond the guy. and theres a lot moresteam visible in front of him.

DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2010 9:28AM
I get the point about the focus, but I'd like to have seen a version without the other guy in it. The strength for me is in the concentration of the main character. Anyhoo, it's a good shot... Dave
LesF 11 182 9
17 Jun 2010 10:23AM
Congrats on the HC Nick

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Jun 2010 1:47PM
Well I didn't see that one coming ! A big thanks PeteSmile I only noticed it when I saw Les's comments above.
proberts 14 218 4 Wales
17 Jun 2010 2:36PM
Cracking shot and conversion Nick. Will have to go to one of these loco sheds. They look a fab place. Congrats.
Bonico 8 Romania
1 Jul 2010 10:13PM
Nice catch!
28 Sep 2010 2:54PM
I like this one very much and visit Grosmont regularly. Will certainbly try to replicate this one. Well done indeed. Pete Howe

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