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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3  #12

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #12

Steam Up

On the 22nd.January I posted a picture taken in the 1970's at the Severn Valley Railway. This was taken on our early morning arrival at Bridgenorth.

The staff were still going about the business of getting the locos in to steam for the day and I felt this had a nice atmosphere about it. I cut the bottom corner off to get rid off something I didn't like, no cloning in those days, but despite that it received very favourable comments in competitions. The locomotive is GWR 7800 Class  no.7812 Erlestoke Manor and more details about it can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_7800_Class_7812_Erlestoke_Manor

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #12

Steam Up

On the 22nd.January I posted a picture taken in the 1970's at the Severn Valley Railway. This was taken on our early morning arrival at Bridgenorth.

The staff were still going about the business of getting the locos in to steam for the day and I felt this had a nice atmosphere about it. I cut the bottom corner off to get rid off something I didn't like, no cloning in those days, but despite that it received very favourable comments in competitions. The locomotive is GWR 7800 Class  no.7812 Erlestoke Manor and more details about it can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_7800_Class_7812_Erlestoke_Manor

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Mar 2009, 00:21
The loco and its steam/smoke are fabulous, but the whole image is made even better by the group of attendants in the foreground...excellent image, Brian.

I felt a bit dudded by the missing corner, though.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, the missing corner was full of nothing which is why I put the title there. I used to do things like that to upset the judges for the hell of itsmile
Nicely captured Brian and no Hi Viz vests either.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, those vests would really spoil a shot like this.
This is really really good Brian ... so alive ... so evocative. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, there is a lot of atmosphere to it I agree.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Mar 2009, 07:28
Oozes atmosphere and nostalgia, Brian. I like the guy coming out of the steam. No colne tool back then? Heaven help us! wink
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Alan.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 24 Mar 2009, 07:58
Great shot of the steam era, don't you love it no safety gear no workplace health and safety to be seen
Brian Walbey: Thanks zed, no doubt I wouldn't get near this spot today. we are going back there in April a couple of days after meeting Bill at Clent.
Steam like cigarette smoke (I realised recently) gives a wonderful etheral quality to photographs.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chad.
I can almost smell that smoke..Great days for me..but hard work for the engineers. Lovely shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Ron.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Mar 2009, 10:07
Excellent image
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment vintage.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Mar 2009, 10:12
It's a refreshing change to see the people in charge of the trains instead of just the engines in all their finery. That's a fine head of steam there.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: We were lucky to get there before the trains set out Ingrid, no doubt we wouldn't get near this spot these days.
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 24 Mar 2009, 11:02
Great image with the workers in it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, it is a change from the three quarters view of a train in action.
This is absolutly fabulous Brian. So evocative!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard, I'm almost embarrased by the popularity of this shot today.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 24 Mar 2009, 13:52
This looks right out of an old B&W movie, Brian. Very nice. The atmosphere set by the smoke and the man walking out of it with the two onlookers is perfect. The "Steam Up" caption is a little distracting, but it doesn't take anything away from the picture. It might look better if put up with the MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #12?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mia, your probably right about the words in the corner. I used to do quite a bit of this just to upset the judges at my camera club who always want to see pictures done to the rules. Thanks for your comment.
must agree with mia about the caption Brian but never the less its a great image mateysmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Tim, no doubt you read why I done the caption like this, anything to upset the judges.
Lovely image Brian, of life as it was
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Pamela.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Mar 2009, 20:08
Lovely atmospheric stuff Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chris.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 24 Mar 2009, 20:30
There's something about this picture that draws me in to the scene, making me feel a part of it.
Brian Walbey: There's many a man would have loved to be part of that scene at the time Ellie. Thanks for your comment.
Amazing quality. A masterpiece.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your so enthusiastic comment Albert.
Nice nostalgic shot of the Severn Valley.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, I look forward to my return there whilst we are in the West midlands next month.
  • Rob Martin
  • Perth - Western Australia
  • 24 Mar 2009, 22:30
perfect for B&W
I LOVE steam trains.
Nice shot
Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Rob.
I like the foreground group amid the clouds of steam. If this were a magazine cover, I could forgive the chopped off corner.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Ian, no doubt you read why I done the title like that.
Great image Brian. Certainly not short of steam here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Janet.
It's great!
Wonderfully atmospheric - you can almost smell the heady mix of steam and hot oil.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, I remember it being a good day out even though it was a long time ago.

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