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Back in the Day

By spaceman
OK, for some reason this has been tagged as digital but it isn't - it was shot on 35mm film.

One from the archives - all the way back to 1988 when I'd just got into photography. It was taken with what was then my pride and joy, a 12 secondhand Praktica. Don't know why I haven't posted it before, it's not a bad little photograph. The gate isn't quite as sharp as it could be - I must have focussed a little too far back, but it's hardly ruinous.

This has been cropped to make the gate more central. #2 shows the uncropped version. I prefer the positioning of the gate in #1 but I like the way that the light filters through the upper branches in #2.

Tags: General Black and white

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25 Mar 2011 9:57PM
oh i love this! Great play with dark and bright, black and white.

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25 Mar 2011 10:45PM
Lovely image.

spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
26 Mar 2011 12:35PM
Thank you peeps.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
26 Mar 2011 11:35PM
Excellent. I actually prefer v2 gate position as I feel that the more open space to the rh makes me believe the gate is an entrance to what's beyond. In v1 the more central position of the gate makes be feel that the gate is a barrier to what lies beyond. Both versions therefore have there own story to tell so both are very valid . . . just different. Shows what an effect a crop or change of compositional positioning can have.

spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
2 Apr 2011 8:08PM
You're able to see far more in my photographs than I ever can Bruce. And now that you've pointed it out I can see exactly what you mean about the central position of the #1 gate making it look like a barrier. That's something that would never have occurred to me. Thanks Bruce Smile
2 Apr 2011 8:33PM
Love the hard, contrasty, tones Michael, they work well with this scene, also it gives the tree a presence that keeps us fixed firmly in the image, fine work,
spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
2 Apr 2011 8:57PM
Thank you Adrian.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 8:28AM
I also prefer v2, but for a different reason - I like the complete archway created by the two trees, that frames the pathway beyond the gate -moving the eye beyond and ito the distance - love the grainy texture - very powerful mono Smile
spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
8 Jun 2011 9:48PM
And thank you for this one as well. Smile
MickS 13 23 14 England
13 Sep 2011 10:53PM
Nice shot, Michael, excellent litttle cameras those Praktikas. My first slr was a Praktika Nova (B, if my memory serves me well) back in the 60sSmile
Glad to be back and seeing you sttill posting.
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 11:02PM
V2 for me its a better POV nice image good mono detail and nice light. I agree nothing wrong with the Praktka I started with a zenith B.
Regards John.
spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
17 Sep 2013 8:22PM
Cheers John. And cheers Mick. Apologies for only just noticing your two yr old comment Blush

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