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  #153 Industrial Landscapes
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COAL - The past is our future.       ©2015 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       4th place, 184 points
8s, f4.5, ISO 100, 110mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped
Burn and dodge
Clone tool and saturation
Sharpened and blur
      Extra Info: My mothers brother and father spent their working lives down this coal mine. The mine is surrounded by houses for the miners. Yes, the winding gear really has been painted pink!
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Feb 19, 2015
    Thank you all for the congrats. I think my entry finished as high as I could have hoped so I am happy :-) .

Feb 17, 2015
    Kudos for your bold entry and fine finish!

Jade O.
Feb 17, 2015
    Lovely control of exposures and finish. I agree the trade-off on the small screen (which is many times smaller than you might print and frame these images) is the question of whether to sacrifice detail for a more balanced image. This one looks crowded to me but the technical quality brings you into top 5 all the same.

Feb 17, 2015
    Congrads Neil on yet another amazing entry. I love that yellow golden glow of the lights. Looks like a very pretty road on the left (hint for the next challenge - lol)

Feb 16, 2015
    Congrats on 4th place. You've given me a yearning to visit Wales again so we might just take you up on your offer. Be careful what you wish for - forkcandles acted as our guide a couple of years back and he still hasn't recovered. :-)

Feb 16, 2015
    Congrats on 4th place!!!

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Feb 16, 2015
    mrsawyer - There was no mention in the PP as these are the actual colours as I saw when taking the photo. I reduced the saturation of the street lights as they were verging on orange after I had burned in the highlights. looking at my PP info again I noticed that I forgot to add 'Levels'. Sorry about that.

I found this interesting paragraph about British street light colours :-

Yellow streetlights use low-pressure sodium (LPS). They are also known as SOX (Sodium Oxide) lamps. Others use high-pressure sodium (these are known as SON lamps), which give off a pinkish-white colour, while other, older lights use mercury vapour (MBF lamps), which give off a bluish-white colour, but goes green with age. There is also a new lamp which has only just appeared on British streets called metal halide, which gives off a bluish colour similar to a mercury lamp, but it does not go green with age.

What colour street lights are you used to?
Edited on Feb 16, 2015

Feb 16, 2015
    I don't see anything in your post-processing to suggest how you arrived at these colors. Please tell. Interesting presentation!

Feb 16, 2015
    aKilter - Thanks very much. I did consider doing similar to your suggestion but thought it may leave too little of the 'industrial' compared to the 'landscape' .

RobertLavker - Thank you for the lovely comment. I was hoping people wouldn't mind it quite central. Then I thought the colliery and smoke stack were at the heart of the village physically and emotionally so why not leave it at the centre of the photo.

Feb 16, 2015
    What a great capture. I love this image. It is very high in my favs. The placement of the smoke stack absolutely makes this image a very powerful one.

Feb 16, 2015
    Pretty neat idea taking this at dusk/night. The lighting is very effective. I would make this a narrower vertical crop, however(perhaps 3x2), and eliminate some of the right side in the photo....in order to move the tower a little further from the center of the image.

Feb 15, 2015
    Mepo - It really is a small world, I was born in Caerphilly, in the Miners Hospital! I only realised a few days ago that you and Lo are married which means that if Lo ever did take up my offer, I'd get to show two distinguished panachallanges around for the price of one :-) . If you'd like to visit another colliery I can highly recommend the Big Pit Museum in Blaenavon. It is a great experience and it's winding gear is pink too ;-) .

This is a photo of what used to be the Lewis Merthyr colliery. It has now been transformed into the Rhondda Heritage Park.
Edited on Feb 16, 2015

Feb 15, 2015
    Wow - this takes me back to a summer spent as a teenager in Caerphilly, Wales. I remember visiting a colliery as the people I was visiting had relatives who worked the mines. I learned a lot from them but they were never able to teach me how to sing LOL. Welsh choirs - great memories! I do remember how the mine dominated everything around it and you have captured that beautifully. A pink winding tower - who ever would have guessed :-)

Feb 15, 2015
    Lo - A very generous comment. I'm so glad you like my photo :-)

forkandles - I'd love to know too. I think it's just to stop them rusting and to make them look prettier. There are a few I know painted a similar colour.
Edited on Feb 16, 2015

Feb 15, 2015
    thanks for the info on the pink. I was wondering and still am as to why?
the lighting has brought it back to life

Feb 15, 2015
    Very effective use of lighting and exposure. A really dramatic industrial image.

Feb 15, 2015
    cookiejar - I'm glad you like it :-) .

wrosenthal - What a lovely comment. I'm so pleased you like it.

Jade O - I wondered if anyone might ask for more space at the top. I had to force myself to leave as much I did as the more empty space I left the smaller everything else had to be, and I didn't want to loose too much detail.

babysister - I'm really pleased by your comment. It looks like my photo is portraying the feeling of history that I'd hoped :-) .
Edited on Feb 16, 2015

Feb 14, 2015
    My father spent the first 9 years of his life in a mining town. This photo is a visual image of the imagined one he talked about. It oozes atmosphere. Well done.

Jade O.
Feb 14, 2015
    I expect you put some time into this shot and it is lovely. I think it needs about another 1/8th of a frame on top of the smokestack.

Feb 14, 2015
    To me there is an embedded social commentary here that makes the shot exceptional. Technically it shows excellent understanding and use of light. Nice job.

Feb 14, 2015
    Night shot was a good choice. Good balance of reveal and shadow.

Feb 14, 2015
    eagle1 - Thanks very much. I think it would have been 'blander' as a daylight shot.

Elyod - I did try lightening it but there is virtually no information there to work with. I decided to leave it dark in the end as it wouldn't fight for attention with the main subject of the photo.

aoc46 - Thanks. I appreciate that - it does have quite a range of contrasts.

SteveBee - I hope those scores aren't out of 10 ;-) . Thank you ever so much for the great scores. I'm so glad you like my photo :-) .
Edited on Feb 16, 2015

Feb 14, 2015
    Theme - 5
Technical - 5
Composition - 5
Originality - 5 Love the mood
Overall Impression - 5 Instant high favorite

Feb 14, 2015
    Good concept, but the contrast is too strong for my taste.

Feb 14, 2015
    The dark background might benefit from a bit of lightening, but the foreground is well captured and it's on theme.

Feb 14, 2015
    Interesting image. I think your choice to shoot it at night was the best option. Gives it "character" of the industrial variety!
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