Stills V3

October 28, 2012

Crimple Viaduct and Fulwith Mill Farm

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:08

As discussed before, we are currently experiencing some upheaval and I do not have the ‘normal’ picture making facilities. I’ve relented a bit and am accepting that making pictures that go to web only is OK, but I really miss printing. My only current option is to contact print in the cupboard, so last weekend I broke out the Shen Hao and made a few negatives. This is the first print I’ve made. some way to go, but it pleases me in any case:)

I’ve also added a set up shot – you can ask why bother with contact printing to get a 7 by 5 print, when any digital camera can make those nicely…



  1. I like chocolate. The framing with barn and stairs/tree work for me, muddy path leading to field, nothing missing for me in this picture.

    Comment by rhoehne — November 1, 2012 @ 04:39

  2. I wouldn’t ask the same question that you pose in your last sentence of the introduction. To me the photo is an evocation of an earlier age and even though the digital shot can be thought of as recreating the sort of picture a large plate photographer would have made at the beginning of the last century, the shot is reasonably easy to identify as being of ‘today’. So my question would be more oriented to ask what it is that the photographer is trying to convey and, as a follow-up, what are viewers after if they prefer the Shen Hao to the digital.

    I agree entirely with Robert’s comments about the composition and maybe even the toning. But I have to pinch myself to ensure that the slurry spreader and the alloy gate remind me that it is a modern photo. Indeed, the digital shot imparts an interesting time-warp feel.

    Comment by zavaell — November 2, 2012 @ 07:44

  3. I looked up your camera and ended up with a youtube video from Robert White who are sponsors for our camera club and local to us.
    The image has a certain timelessness (is that a word?) and John’s observation about the gate and slurry spreader fix it back in modern times. I love the viaduct emerging from the mist that creates the atmosphere of an early farm morning, cold and wet!

    Comment by Rex — November 4, 2012 @ 22:08

  4. I wasn’t aiming to create an old fashioned look, but agree the nature of the materials makes it almost unavoidable. The toning is aimed at recreating the print on screen, but I think it goes a bit too far on screens with a half decent gamut (unlike my laptop). There is an interesting contrast in era and one friend observed that farming is ‘never really pretty’, but necessarily functional. The farm, like so many, has an aura of spare necessity about it. The viaduct was beautifully shrouded by the mist that morning.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — November 5, 2012 @ 00:49

  5. Like others I thought this had an antique feel to it, but I keep wondering what has caused the “vertical bleed”, if you see what I mean, into the sky from things such as the columns of the viaduct

    Comment by cgcooke — November 12, 2012 @ 23:14

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