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The Great Lament

By Nick_w      
I was going to leave it a week or so before I uploaded this, but I know a number of you have already seen it...anyway

1963 saw the beginning of the end of the Steam era on the UK railways, when Dr Beeching published his first report on the rail network. The idea behind the image, was the passing of the steam era, revered in some circles to an almost religious status.

The Undertaker is a satirical representation of Dr Beeching.

Ive had this idea buzzing in my head for about three years ever since seeing an image from Dave Urwin, I took the fountains shot about 2 years ago, just with this in mind. I've had the train images even longer - the main train image was from a course run by KeithH 3 or 4 years ago.

I thnk you know the model by now so photogenic, but for those that don't its Terrence Havard

I got the final bit of the jigsaw a couple of weeks back. Anyway last image for a couple of weeks as I'm all Photoshoped out (this was over 100 layers) so I want to put the laptop down for a while.

Tags: General Train Black and white Digitally manipulated Digital art Fountains abbey Humour and fun Terence Havard

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dathersmith 13 565 12 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 7:31PM
Stunning work Nick, great concept too.

cabbie Plus
13 31 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 7:45PM
Absolute cracker of a image some fine work has gone into this well done indeed

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 7:47PM
Thanks Darren & Bob, and a big thanks for the User Award Bob Smile
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Dec 2014 7:51PM
Really like it.

Perspective needs a tweak though, as even when it arrives at your man, the engine is still half size. Its only 12 Ties back down the line. Wink
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 7:56PM
You haven't met Terry, he's only about 3'11" Wink - he's even shorter than me!
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Dec 2014 8:05PM
You need to paste a ladder in for Terry to get into Eric. Wink
Richsr 13 91 223 England
1 Dec 2014 8:09PM
Recongnise the structure Nick, like the idea and have to agree with Keith re scaling, think with further work should be a winner
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 8:12PM

Rather spookily I didn't know till yesterday, that Eric Treacy died waiting to board a train at Pickering station.

Tho my daughter read your comments about Terry getting into Eric and she's rolling around on the floor laughing.
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 8:14PM
Thanks Chris for the UA.

Richard, I'm not touching the file, its well over 100 layers deep and even a small tweak like that would be hours of work to unpick it all.
IsabelC 6 51 10 Denmark
1 Dec 2014 8:26PM
Wonderful work, I love the atmosphere...the patience

Isabel Smile
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 8:28PM
Just been looking at the perspective, not sure I agree as if you look at Terry's eyeline in relation to the post behind him (and he's at least 2' in front of it), and look at the same point on one of the posts close to the train and its about right, he's also on a raised platform. The Lens is also a wideangle (Terry & Fountains both at 24mm) - besides its supposed to be surreal Wink
Hazelmouse 14 379 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 8:55PM
I love the whole thing - reminds me so much of my childhood being dragged by my (older) brother to watch steam trains. Loads of atmosphere and great concept. As for 100 layers...........................!

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 9:11PM
Thanks for all the comments.

Big thanks Adam for the User Award and Helen for the Guest Editor Award Smile
martin.w Plus
18 602 24 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 9:29PM
Beautifully put together Nick Smile
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 9:40PM
Thanks Martin Smile
franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 9:47PM
Truly outstanding work!

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 10:10PM
Thanks Ken
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
1 Dec 2014 10:39PM
Very clever !! Nick.
Dingus 7 115 Scotland
1 Dec 2014 10:55PM
Nice work Nick.
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Dec 2014 11:08PM
Thanks everyone - thanks Jon for the user award Smile
Eviscera 14 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2014 12:42AM
Haircuts , nudes and a damn fine gent that Terry Smile

Great image mate , Keiths still doin borelifes lol
2 Dec 2014 6:40AM
It's fantastic! I am in awe of your skill. I find it sad. My thoughts were that the old man is considering stepping out in front of the train.
When epz tells me you have posted an image, I get this surge of anticipation, so I will be sorry there is nothing coming for a while! Blush
bluesandtwos 10 432 1 England
2 Dec 2014 7:58AM
I too am in awe, and with more than an acceptable amount of envy, of your skills. This is truly stunning and if I wrote anymore it would either been repeating some of the comments above or just plain drivelling! Blush

Absolutely 100% brilliant!

keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Dec 2014 8:33AM
Eric Treacy was one of the most famous train photographers ever, Nick, but it was Appleby Station where he died....photographing trains. He didn't look like Terry but a shave and a dog collar would knock out another version.
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
2 Dec 2014 8:36AM
I really like that idea Keith
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
2 Dec 2014 9:00AM
Sorry just noticed your user award, a big thanks Dave Smile
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 11 Wales
2 Dec 2014 10:46AM
Top notch Matey.
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
2 Dec 2014 11:03AM
A big thanks Tom Smile
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2014 11:25AM
A well thought out image and one that works very well. A lot of effort but well worth it.

Diggeo 7 13 Greece
2 Dec 2014 11:26AM
So nicely done. Great film mood and amazing light and tones!!
Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
2 Dec 2014 11:29AM
Thank you for the award Georgios Smile
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2014 12:50PM
I saw this in t'other place, but glad you've put it here now too, as I can sit back and marvel at it in the familiar surroundings of EPZ. What else can I say that hasn't been said above? Er, nowt probably ... except to say that I need another pocket to put you in Grin (don't worry ... I've got a collection of photographers whose work I really admire, and metaphorically put them in my pockets to take out with me when I'm out and about being (potentially) creative ... you lot are my virtual pocket inspirations Wink)

oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2014 2:16PM
Really well put together Nick !, and yes i remember Daves upload using fountains abbey Wink
tonyng 10 11 3 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2014 4:14PM
Beautifully crafted. Over 100 layers! That will blow my pc by just loading it. Well done.
LesF 14 182 9
2 Dec 2014 9:55PM
Nick I'll add my award to the others, it's a super image, works terrifically well in mono, what more can you can you do to it, just get it printed, an image I'm sure will do well on the circuit for you, congrats.

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
3 Dec 2014 8:26AM
Thank again for the comments, big thanks for the User Award Les Smile
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2014 8:30AM
The result is well worth all the work, the meaning behind it is very well depicted here. One for my favourites for sure.

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
3 Dec 2014 8:36AM
Thanks Linda for the kind words & user award
harryw 14 80 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2014 11:08AM
Love it, great atmosphere, wouldn't have taken the figure for an undertaker but don't think it matters he has a great fitting look.

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