Julie Walker, EPSA  

Pit Head by Julie Walker, EPSA

May 2020 - Pit Head

May 2020 - Julie Walker, EPSA

Original 1

May 2020 - Julie Walker, EPSA

Original 2

About the Image(s)

The North East of England was once dominated by the coal mining industry. This image is of a pit head engine house and winding gear that is now a museum. Unfortunately the museum was closed when we were in the area so I could only take photographs from outside the fence that surrounds it. This presented a problem as the fence posts were very closely spaced and I could not take the whole site in one photo so I took two and then combined them using the panorama facility in Lightroom. I then used the Lens Correction facility in Photoshop to adjust the verticals and Content Aware to fill in the edges of the image when I cropped it. The image was then converted using Silvereffex Pro. I chose a sepia tone as I felt it suited this image. I also cloned out the sign and post using the spot healing brush and clone tools.

The image was taken on my converted Canon 1300D with a 17 - 40 mm lens at 17mm.The ISO was set at 400, shutter speed 1/320th sec and apertre f8.

9 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Very impressive. Nice bit of processing to pull this image together. I agree with going with the sepia, it gives this an "old time" feeling appropriate for the by-gone era.
The tower looms above us with a bit of perspective fall back. I wonder if you tried using Transform to pull the tower forwards?
  Posted: 05/03/2020 23:14:22
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thanks for the suggestion Terry. I had not thought of trying to use transform to correct the perspective but its a good idea and I'll have ago.   Posted: 05/04/2020 11:32:13

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This looks a powerful bit of machinery which you have brought out the most using your computer skills. Very clever. The Toning suits the sense of the era, and I do like the minute piece of machinery situated on the ground under the span of the
the arm of the machine. I have tried putting my thumb over it to blot it out to see if it is necessary but think I like it there as it gives a sense of scale to how big this thing is. I like the mottled clouds in the sky and the lightening of the corners. Border not bad either. Totally in character. Nice one Julie.   Posted: 05/11/2020 06:41:18

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
The frame is an unusual and very interesting structure. Because it leads the eye to the building, I would like to see more of the building than just the wall. If the fencing kept you from showing more then you did the best that you could in telling about the head frame. Most of the time I'll comment on "having some nice clouds" but in this case the clouds partially obscure the detail of the diagonal part that goes into the building.   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:31:21

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think that scudding clouds such as you have captured in this image are generally very nice in infra red; however, this looks to me like a very busy image and in this case I feel the clouds are competing with the other details in the scene. For me the fact that the structure was photographed in a way that gives it a slight tilt is a strength. In my opinion when photographing architecture and other man made structures straigtening them makes them less dynamic and therefore less interesting. Your post processing has made the most of this scene. I believe the sepia was a perfect choice and adding the frame gives it the appearance of an old photograph. Overall, I think it has a lot of interest and is well done.   Posted: 05/16/2020 11:38:24
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thank you for your comments Sharon. I agree that a bland sky behind the structure would have been better but it was only a fleeting visit so I didn't have time to wait.   Posted: 05/19/2020 11:56:49

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
This thing is just fascinating, I lived in "coal" country when I was in Virginia but have never seen a structure like this. It is wickedly cool and I love how you processed it using the sepia. One item that you might consider is opening the shadows a bit on the structure while pulling back on the blacks. I think it might bring out more of the detail of the pit head and it could rally made it pop. Another idea would be if you have Topaz studio, use Edges in the dark mode to really add to the linearity. Well done!!!   Posted: 05/18/2020 12:38:11
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thanks for your suggestions Debbie, I will have a go. Most of the mines in this area were underground and the wheels supported the cables that lowered the lift (elevator)that took the miners down the mine shaft to work and pulled it back up again. I think the coal may also have been brought out this way too although I am not absolutely certain.   Posted: 05/19/2020 11:54:52

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very interesting subject, I do like the processing and nice frame. I also like the skies and clouds. I cannot think of anything else to suggest to improve.   Posted: 05/19/2020 09:47:33


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