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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  1127116 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:41 AM

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


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


Excellent mono Bill, the light and tones are superb!


luceombra  427 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:06 AM

Fantastic capture! I like it very much


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.



Like this street scene Bill, good mono work
regards Richard

MickyMc  8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 9:05 AM

A good one.


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  4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 9:37 AM

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


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


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?


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


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.


Excellent conversion!


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

mikbee  8 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


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


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!


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


another excellent capture
(& this superb toning)


So great with mono



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

saltireblue Site Moderator 55151 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway31 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.



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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