Stills V3

May 26, 2012

Time To Wait

Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 00:59

Time To Wait

I’m normally very timid about taking photo’s of people I don’t know without having first engaged with them first, but I just couldn’t let this one go.



  1. I think I first opened this on my iPhone and it was only when I opened it on my computer I saw the image as you intended. The interesting thing is that on the iPhone the blacks of the engine and floor merged so on opening it was the couple and FERRY the stood out, even the ferry bench was indistinct. It did create a wow response in me as the couple then appeared to be in some vast departure lounge waiting for the ferry.
    I don’t think you should be timid at this distance! :-)

    Comment by Rex — May 29, 2012 @ 21:02

    • So was the version you sent me the way it looked on your ‘phone? Only it certainly didn’t have that “wow” effect on me! Though it did cause me to want you to see the original against a black background. Thanks for your input Rex.

      Comment by cgcooke — June 2, 2012 @ 00:23

  2. The way the lighting works here in picking out the couple while just giving enough to see the engine is the main attraction in this. Leaving aside timidity, there is merit in being this distance from the couple as it helps define scale: any closer and the shot would not have the same impact. The posture of the man reminds me of Jim Callahagn. In terms of making a picture at a museum (I presume that is what it is) this is a great way of achieving that.

    Comment by zavaell — May 31, 2012 @ 06:47

  3. Another image with a beautiful lighting effect. I can’t help but think about what HDR-type processing would have done to this, so give extra credit for keeping it so beautifully dark, with just the right amount of detail. The color is rich, and the scale is perfect.

    Comment by Christina — June 1, 2012 @ 14:40

  4. Yes John it’s at the National Railway Museum at York and the likeness, that you refer to, had occurred to me also.

    Thank you for your kind words, as you make me feel I was successful in what I was trying to achieve.

    Thanks to you too Christina, yes I shuddered at the thought of a HDR version of this.

    Comment by cgcooke — June 2, 2012 @ 00:30

  5. Works just right and I’m glad you overcame your natural reticence. Great lighting. I bet this would be a nice print with all the fine detail in the dark tones.

    Comment by doonster — June 5, 2012 @ 13:21

  6. and this picture worked in getting me off my backside and picture making again. Those deep blacks, that lighting, fantastic. Friend at work who is a fine and keen photographer commented how good a picture this was as well.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 8, 2012 @ 11:30

    • Thank you Robert and everyone else that has commented.

      Comment by cgcooke — June 11, 2012 @ 22:44

  7. That’s good to hear Robert … and congratulations to Chris! Mike is away for a couple of weeks moving house temporarily.

    Comment by zavaell — June 8, 2012 @ 11:44

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