It seems that photographers here love pictures of rust. Personally, I don't much like the stuff at all, having started my motoring career with cars from the 1950s and 1960s which appeared to fall apart with rust, and having had to spend weekends patching them together. In fact, the rust on some of those cars was so bad that you could actually examine the condition of the tyres without getting out of the driving seat - just peer through the holes in the floor! But I can appreciate why the colours of rusty ferrous metals might be attractive.
So here's an old crane sitting in rusty and derelict condition at the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum near Keswick. Some might feel the place is an ugly blot on the beautiful Cumbrian landscape but, when a group of TE members met up there in June, 2011, we found plenty of interesting stuff to photograph!
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emilbo (21962) 2013-02-16 14:31
La rouille a passé par là et elle lui en a donné une bonne couche. C'est ainsi que le temps passe et j'espère qu'on ne rouillera pas trop vite. Belle prise de vue, p-arfait rendu des couleurs de la rouille et beau contraste avec le vert.
Félicitations!... et bonne fin de semaine,
lousat (67159) 2013-02-16 14:49
Hi John,great tribute of this dead work friend,i like the point of view,the scenery in background and the very professional work in PP made whit these spectacular details and bright colors,i like the idea and the result too! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
GiovanniG (2331) 2013-02-16 18:19
I like this capture of it speaks to me of time and the lack of anything being able to separate itself from the ravages of time. Well composed with great color and detail. I too have experience in living and caring for things which are well beyond their prime.
jjcordier (69609) 2013-02-16 23:09
Bravo pour le titre!
Belle mise en image et joli travail de PP donnant un impact fort à cette photo.
timecapturer (40290) 2013-02-17 2:50
strange how old and decaying relics of man's industry make such attractive subjects for photographs. This is a case in point, but in this beautiful setting the impact is all the more effective. That and your execellent composition and execution that just makes this image so special and compelling. Love it!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
marabu61 (6303) 2013-02-17 4:16
As you say, rust is not a nice thing to get in a car but still makes for a good photo opportunity. Amazing deep saturated colors, superb contrast between the derelict crane and the beautiful landscape around it, bathed in a gorgeous light.
have a good sunday
Noel_Byrne (16271) 2013-02-17 4:35
Love the title of your shot!!
I know what you mean about rust, having owned one or two cars which had more holes than the makers intended, I know how annoying this can be, but i admit it does make for a fascinating shot. The colours are really rich, and I always find that rust and pictures of it seems to have such a wonderful texture, I feel that I could almost brush your image and feel the harsh feeling of the rust.
This is a beautiful vehicle too, sad to see it left to the elements. Then again, I think perhaps its the rich colour and texture that makes it so appealing, if it were freshly painted it may not look so cool.
What an awesome backdrop you have for this too, the lovely light on the green hills compliment the deep red tones beautifully.
Thanks for sharing, have a great Sunday!
ktanska (23144) 2013-02-17 8:30
Well, machines don't need to be picturesque to be functional. So I certainly am one to like rust.
But perfectly restored old stuff looks good too.
Yes, cars are so much better that in the 60's when they hardly could run 100000 km or 10 years.
But they had more character than modern ones.
You have just superb background on this too, with patchy light addding contrasts.
saxo042 (35202) 2013-02-17 11:33
My first impression of this picture was the very attractive backdrop. The rusty and red machine provides a contrast to this view, even if it is'nt very beautiful. This is still a good capture with all these colours.
emka (67325) 2013-02-17 16:06
Photographers like rust and ruins. And why they find them attractive? Fantastic shot, with excellent sharpness nice saturated colours it looks like hdr. What memories brings this photo. We had there wonderful time. It was the most charming meeting from all I had. I think often about our nice b&b and delicious breakfast, nice evenings in the living room, trips... I heard that you organize another meeting in Scotland, I can imagine it will be wonderful.
annjackman (16479) 2013-02-17 23:51
I saw this picture yesterday and it served to remind me while out walking in some glorious sunshine that rust is a good subject so I took some pictures of an old skip near the canal - haven't viewed them yet.
That day in the Lake District was fabulous and an unusual find in such wonderful landscape. You have given lots of detail in the rust and done well with the sky (my pics of this place had a more washed out sky). Lovely patches of light on the fells. A great image of this old monster. This is the one with the TE number plate!
Kind Regards, Ann
p.s. has the club had its competition yet!
mjw364 (6282) 2013-02-18 0:29
In the words of Neil Young - "rust never sleeps" - but it does get everywhere - even Keswick.
A very well exposed image here with sharpness and clarity - great background too in the lake district.
What drew me to this shot was that the rust appears to have a HDR shimmer to it on this crane. I particularly like that mottling type effect like small impressionist artist type brush strokes on the engine cover on the left side above the number plate. Interesting effect.
Royaldevon (23412) 2013-02-19 6:43
One I missed!
I love the title!
Rusty it may be but the colour is great, one of my favourites - maybe a feature of old age!!
I think the close up was THE best option. The details are amazing! I'm not sure if anyone else has thought this but the fact that the chain and structures are out of frame, gives me the impression that it is moving! Now that would be a miracle!
You have a blue sky and lovely cloud contrasts on the hills.
Have a good day,
photographer_sg (873) 2013-02-19 8:06
Striking composition with beautiful colours and the warm glow. The POV and detail is also great. You made a great picture out of a decaying object. Thanks for sharing.
macjake (48357) 2013-02-23 12:20
in my opinion John, i would say the opposite....i would say the bg greenery and landscape is ruining the crane! lol
i absolutely love subjects like this, its perfect for HDR, seeing all the cracks and pitted metal.
its a classic beauty! can't get enough of it!
I would like to see more of a side view too, if you have it.
10 out of 10 for me
willperrett (4853) 2013-02-24 9:34
This is very clever: a great photograph, with an even greater title! Couldn't resist it. Nice tight framing, and saturation just within acceptable tolerances!! Well done, and see you soon maybe?
delpeoples (50271) 2013-03-01 14:18
Hehehe great title, clever boy! Yeah I agree, having lived near the sea most of my life, can't say I'm a big fan of rust. But can certainly see the appeal it has photographically speaking, as it does here. The rich red tones contrast superbly with the green countryside, the textures are wonderful and there's certainly a sense of character to this photo that a nice new and shiny John Deere would never have. Nice spotting and excellent note. Thanks for sharing. Hey where have you run off to? Ae you ok?
Lurve ya work
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (16768)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-12
- Categories: Transportation, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 13:48