Stills V3

December 18, 2010

The Departure

Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 02:15



  1. This is so nearly there for me. Just a few steps to the right from the photographer would have isolated the youngster much stronger for me. Given I have two people standing along the right that new angle of shooting may have negated their need for inclusion. The tinting also is a little distracting for me. A full blown sepia would be an extremely large spoonful of twee.

    The train carriages obviously make a strong diagonal and you have built up some interest in the top right for the eye to be lead to. The brightness in that corner is a pleasing balance for the overall dark, though clearly viewable, majority of the scene.

    Comment by akikana — December 19, 2010 @ 08:28

  2. This wouldn’t have been out of place in Humphrey Jennings’ documentary films for the ‘mass observation’ project and there-in lies the danger of tinting! However, as Akikana says: this stays on the right side of being twee and, in a similar vein, the inclusion of the two people on the right does the same.

    I like all the lines and find the small glimpse of the town particularly appealing and what makes the picture. Given the way all the individual components come together I don’t think that I feel like recommending a step to the right.

    Comment by zavaell — December 20, 2010 @ 08:20

  3. More strong silhouettes. It does have a rather nostalgic feeling to it — which I suppose would be less without the tint, but it is not really a bad thing in my mind. I also feel no need to change the angle — like the framing as is, and the inclusion of the people on the right facing the train.

    Comment by Christina — December 23, 2010 @ 05:32

  4. I like this. The train and boy work well together pointing up to the town and forming the triangle on the left. I feel that the men on the right act as a counterpoise for the train. The scene is evocative, poignant and avoids twee.

    Comment by Rex — December 25, 2010 @ 22:30

  5. I like this very much. The toning does give it a ‘classic’ and evocative feel, but it’s not overdone. The figures on the right – initially I noticed only one – appear as guardians for the boy and the detail in the distance is importnat. However, I also think the strong enclosure from the overhead bridge(?) is the real key here. Not just from creating the silhouette, but also in containing the eye within the frame.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 28, 2010 @ 22:53

  6. definitley a srongly framed picture as is, only a tad of white on the border of the picture to the left and even that has a pole preventing your view ‘leaking’ out of the picture.

    While I noticed the tinting I did not feel it distracted from anything in the picture.

    A picture is not an effective way of telling a story but you can definitely fit many stories to this one.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 29, 2010 @ 11:04

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