Back to some oldies today, there were very few of my latest shots that I was pleased enough with to post. Playing around with old stuff, though, is almost like making something new. I remember when I thought of taking this how irritated a I was that I'd got colour slide film in my camera, and the result, predictably, was too pretty for the subject. Now with the film canner and potoshop I've been able to make the shot I had in mind in the first place. I suppose I could have gone to a lot of trouble in a darkroom, but I never did.
This was the alley behind the shared house I lived in at the time. I remember choosing the zoom to collapse the perspective and accentuate the repitition. I also took one without zoom which didn't work so well. I really had to think before pressing the trigger in those days. A film cost about 1/200 of my annual income.
Tech: Grey scale, curves, a lot of guassian noise. I'll post the orginal as a workshop
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ChrisJ (114689) 2004-07-23 3:22
Very good use of grain & repetition in this great b&w.
eleparc (24063) 2004-07-23 3:22
i did not know you lived at the time of dickens... it sure looks old and so typical of some images we have in mind...you were right about hte b&w choice; it gives it some thickness;-) well done richard! :-)
spence (65) 2004-07-23 3:26
Nice repetitive patterns here, and great mood created by the grainy b&w effect.
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-07-23 3:27
This is a great way to work with old images that lack the crispness of digital captures. The choices you make are really right on. The image really works as you've presented it. I fully expect to see a rat lurking behind one of the cans... ;-)
The PoV is perfect, as is the repetition of elements in the wall and the details of the houses behind the wall, the window opening in particular. And, of course, the garbage cans add interest as the eye follows the brick path into the distance. Very nicely done.
timotey (119) 2004-07-23 3:35
A very good result slightly different from the original shot. A very good B&W choice, a square frame and a grain well done to increase the beautiful aspect of this picture. The repetition is taken in its advantage and well placed in a perspective well choosen.
danyy (0) 2004-07-23 3:37
J'aime l'atmosphère de cette photo et le 'bruit de fond', le grain, qui ajoute à cet amoncellement de poubelles, une sensation de malpropreté.
Bien joué !!
GrahamB (939) 2004-07-23 3:39
Nice gritty image and a good conversion form the original into B+W.
You thought well before pressing the trigger here.
Galeota (10338) 2004-07-23 4:01
One of the best you have posted to date. Absolutely great shot.
trevvelbug (902) 2004-07-23 4:01
excellent grainy photo, it looks like it was taken in the 19th century
Burnham (2428) 2004-07-23 4:37
This is what the effect of grains was made for in PhotoShop. perfect choice, I think you've made all the right choices.
jrj (34843) 2004-07-23 4:59
Interesting photo, sure not the average 'poscard' this one. Good post work, effectful.
In a way I expect Charlie Chaplin to come walking around the corner any moment ;-)
cmartos (242) 2004-07-23 5:01
Very nice result IMO. I like how the scene comes out now much better than on the original. Very good PP applied on an excellent shot. I particulary like the resulting perspective given by the zoom choice. Good contrast, perfect use of grain, good repetitive pattern too. Fine work here, I just wonder on the film price!?
maciekda (19895) 2004-07-23 6:15
interesting picture Richard, you did a good work post processing the original shot, one sugesstion - less of noise next time. anyway, this is very moody, i like it
ninadev (5377) 2004-07-23 7:18
Interesting subject and wow, what a lot of garbage bins ! I wonder how the garbage truck can go in such a narrow lane to pick up the bins ?
Very wise choise to transform it in B&W but I do agree with Maciek that there is quite an amount of noise, I don't think that much was ncessary to give the feel of an old photo.
deekay (166) 2004-07-23 7:41
As a B&W fan I can only say once again what´s been said before. I love the composition and the DOF. The picture is getting us into this dark alley. I agree with the others, too much noise maybe (sometimes less is definitely more). I would be curious to see a version of this picture in sepia though. Maybe in a future workshop :-)
pridel (233) 2004-07-23 7:42
Sans mentir quand j'ai découvert la photo, j'ai dit "woaaa" . Très belle photo et le pp est prodigieux. J'aime beaucoup ce grain donné qui donne une atmosphère très ancienne. Peut-être plus sombre, elle aurait gagné plus d'intensité en tristesse. Félicitations
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-07-23 7:51
It sure is a bin day, reminds me, I forgot two days ago.
What a grainy shot, but I like the repition of the bins and the alley way
really well seen
taivo (1843) 2004-07-23 12:10
I like the dark mood of the shot a lot. It reminds me of shots taken at the beginning of the 20th century. Very original PP.
orme (7219) 2004-07-23 12:21
An excellent shot, Richard. Very good post processing work to 'date' the photo. Well done.
Signal-Womb (13048) 2004-07-23 17:34
Interesting shot Richard I love the grainy look. It brings back memory's for me.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-07-23 17:53
1/50 of a Annual income in 1998 - you english teachers must surely be badly paid ;-)
But you are right I got some old envelopes from colourprocessing back in 1968 and if I should take those price to our level would it cost "a fortune".
thanks for sharing this special but moody shot - I like it Richard - (Actually I checked to day - My oldest shot back from 1964 - May be I post just for fun)
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-07-23 19:07
Hi Richard, this is a very good one, you already had the eye for it 'back then'. And your PP work is really excellent here.
Very good, Richard!
elihesamian (26149) 2004-07-23 22:25
Excellent you did for grainy effect,Richard,Admirable shot,very well done!
really I like it.
your angle & POV was great when I was 14:)
A fine repetition & perspective you creat,nostalgic atmosphere I see in it.Thanks for sharing.
yesterday (9833) 2004-07-26 5:22
Excellent work, great noice effect, good dark mood, good perspective in great composition.
Regards Kaj Nielsen
sn00zie (2384) 2004-08-31 11:08
THIS is a sight one seldom sees... especially on TE.. a nice composition in b/w with an effective repetitive nature..
roconnell (327) 2004-12-24 7:38
Great daily life view from the backside. Must have been a windy day, as those bins are overflowing into the alley. It is the repetition of shapes, triangular in the houses and round in the bins that makes this a powerful composition. Well Done.
manu_itu (305) 2005-01-06 6:26
A collector's item Richard. Looks like an illustration. B&W, Grain and repitive patterns, all can say is AMAZING!!
doitashimashite (0) 2005-01-06 6:53
Wonderful shot! I particularly like the graininess.
Isabelle (9046) 2005-03-13 8:15
this is a great shot of yours, Richard!
i respect your choice for b&w but i must say the original colorful versions is superb! i so much like that wonderful light splasing the walls making a great contrast with the dirty, messy alley...
here we do not have alleys to put the bins - and we do not have bins at all, only blue plastic bags (they say the blue keep flies away) that we put in front of our gates to be collected 3 times a week.
a lot of pattern repetition!
everlasting (15238) 2005-11-02 0:32
A trip dopwn memory lane today. This could well have been the alley behind my house in East London where I grew up in the late 50's. I remember getting a new dustbin from the council and my sister and I have fun painting our house number on the side in bright yellow paint.
You obviously have always had a eye for photography and your newly acquired skills of PP adds a new dimension.
amstel (2388) 2005-12-06 15:14
Superb composition Richard. You've achieved what you wanted here. The line of bins makes almost a straight line. I remember me living in a shared house in Ireland and on a Thursday I had the same view from my window:-)
Manguy (138) 2006-01-19 9:18
I like very much the subject and the composition. The grain and "dirty" treatment works perfectly with it.
CLODO (34546) 2009-07-03 7:41
I spent one week in themanchester surburbs and was surprised by the "bin day". Now bins are in coloured plastic, but I really like your shot of the back streets, with this grainy aspect and moreover the B&W.
BennyV (17198) 2012-01-17 0:09
Haha, this would make a great cover for a trash punk rock album. I told you I was running behind musicwise :)
- Copyright: Richard Gatward (RGatward) (20086)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1978-05-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Rolleiflex SL35M, Tamron 85-210 mm, Kodak EktachromeE200
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Aaah! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-07-23 3:18
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