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Looking down from the junction with Saddler Street during a very brief visit at the end of December. Beyond the new Marriott Hotel Old Elvet may be seen, and the dome of the former County Hall, now offices of Durham University.

Originally built in 1166, the bridge is far too narrow for modern vehicular traffic despite its most recent rebuild in 1601. But having passed my driving test there in 1973 I can remember the days before it became traffic-free, especially overtaking a double-decker bus uphill from a standing start when the traffic lights turned green . . . . These days I'm not quite such a hot-head.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 14-42/F3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Dec 2011 - 12:33 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Elvet Bridge, Durham
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:12 Jan 2012 - 7:18 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, People, Photo journalism, Townscape


joolsb  1027116 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:41 AM

Nice! Think it would look better without the Xmas decos, though.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:41 AM

What a wonderful scene, Bill! You made the best use of the light. Such a lovely angle and compo! I just love this. It is exceptionally beautiful!

Last Modified By nonur at 12 Jan 2012 - 7:43 AM
12 Jan 2012 - 7:46 AM

Very nice street scene, well captured, mono suits it well.

CliveA  9 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 8:01 AM

A Lowrie ! love the dogs and that twist in the road.
Have an award
C l i v e

franken Plus Member 123583 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:05 AM

Excellent mono Bill, the light and tones are superb!


luceombra  327 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:06 AM

Fantastic capture! I like it very much

hobbo Plus Member 4945 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:24 AM

WOW! This is classic mono processing at its very best, it has mood, atmosphere, interest, tone, shadow, reflection, great composition and light.............Lowry, mixed together with the very best of mono photographers.

Inspirational......Thank you for posting it.


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:47 AM

Like this street scene Bill, good mono work
regards Richard

MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 9:05 AM

A good one.

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 9:09 AM

Hobbo has said it all Bill, but I'll add my tuppence worth as ever. The beautiful s shaped composition along the cart track cobbles is classic photography. The monochrome conversion has produced the most wonderful image which could be from a long time ago. I kind of agree with Jools about the Christmas decoration but it's easily removed. This is very reminiscent of the great Bill Brandt but with people all over the image.


jadaszek  3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 9:37 AM

Beautiful shot!!! Lovely light, mono suits it very well.

gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 10:15 AM

In mono it could easily be 1973 or earlier, there is a lot of people moving about. - gary

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 11:07 AM

Hobbo and Dougie between them have said everything I would wish to say: a most effective B and W presentation, the backlighting, composition, silhouetted figures (and dogs) all just spot on. Would win awards in a competition, I feel.

BarryC123  743 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 11:53 AM

An excellent image, really fine slice-of-life photography.

I do think removing the christmas decoration would be an improvement as it is distracting but then again, given that this is such splendid documentary photography, perhaps it's best left in...otherwise what else would you be tempted to remove or bugger about with?

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 11:54 AM

Such a cozy little street scene, nicely composed with the grill the top to help frame it.

SlowSong Plus Member 75305 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 12:48 PM

Fab shot Bill. Those perky little sausage dogs really make the scene for me as they fit the surroundings and it's so unusual to see them these days. The light and tonality - perfect.
Sorry, but one little thing, I'd rather the half-man on the left was either fully in the frame or missing.

taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 12:49 PM

Excellent conversion!

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:34 PM

A superb mono, excellent contrasty tones. And the wet pavement gives it wonderful shine. Wonderfully seen scene Bill and superb conversion..........Sandy

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:44 PM

A fine mono working Bill.
And just to let you know.
The only barrels I will remove,
are barrels of Guinness !!

LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 3:08 PM

'Artistic, beautiful, & very classic and nostalgic monochrome Image' ~ LEx

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 4:09 PM

A brilliant capture, Bill, as mentioned above, very Lowry-ish Wink Just love how the street snakes its way down to the bridge, and those damp cobbles reflect the light. Has to be mono - don't think this would work anywhere near as well in colour, or without the people in it, either. Really like this, and it merits my UA, too.... Wink
Trev Smile

Niknut Plus Member 51028 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 5:22 PM

Cracking shot !!!!.....wonderful Lowry quality, with lovely detail in the buildings & wet pavement.....though I do think the Xmas decoration across the
top intrudes a wee bit, & without it the image would be faultless !!!!!!!

jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 5:39 PM

What a belter!

lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:30 PM

You must've climbed a Lamp Post to take this one Bill Smile A smashing shot of everyday life, nicely composed and well suited to mono.

John Smile

pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
12 Jan 2012 - 7:07 PM

another excellent capture
(& this superb toning)

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
12 Jan 2012 - 7:29 PM

So great with mono


ugly Plus Member 7ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 4:58 AM

What a very nice mono image and so many awards...
Magic image well taken great comp...

saltireblue Site Moderator 54988 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway29 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 9:51 AM

LAte into this one, Bill, so it has all been said already. Wonderful in spades, and well worth the awards. Have another.


13 Jan 2012 - 9:57 AM

I really like this Bill.
How do you get the people in your shots to be positioned just so?
Excellent mono, light and composition using the “Tracked” stone sets to convey the eye through the shot.


Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:17 PM

A superbly composed street scene Bill
Quote: In mono it could easily be 1973 or earlier, there is a lot of people moving about. - gary

Gary is spot on, he should know it is like that every day in Merthyr where he's from it is like going back in time when you go there!Wink Sorry Durb!Grin

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