PEOPLE 398 – GOING TO WORK 105

 

 


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The morning rush hour, people coming in to work from the south and passing beneath one of the Bristol’s main railway lines.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 40mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; Bedminster, south Bristol; 29 Jan 2019.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.

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PEOPLE 397 – WOMAN, BACKLIT, AT LUNCH 3

 

 


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A final take on my companion at lunch.  I’ve enjoyed producing these portraits; another genre, something different.

There are other images of her here: 1 2 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 27 Feb 2020.
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PEOPLE 396 – WOMAN, BACKLIT, AT LUNCH 2 (MONO)

 


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Another take on my companion at lunch.

There is another of these images here .

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset and adding a light Coffee tone; south Bristol; 27 Feb 2020.
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PEOPLE 395 – CHRISTMAS CHEER

 

 


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Contemplating cold reality in the Season of Good Cheer: waiting for a bus in the morning rush hour.  Christmas seems so long ago now, and as far away and inaccessible as this tree is – inside the glass in the warm – from this man, who is outside the glass in the cold. 

Still, the only way is forward – as I read on blogs this morning, we should try to concentrate on the here and now and not be brought down by the prospect of what may be ahead.  This seems good advice.  Some recent thoughts on coronavirus are here .

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; central Bristol; 15 Dec 2017.
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PEOPLE 394 – GOING TO WORK 104

 

 


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Life in the city, going to work.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; central Bristol; 1 Dec 2017.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.

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PEOPLE 393 – GOING TO WORK 103

 

 


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The bus to work in winter: everyone wearing heavy, bulky, overwarm, outdoor clothes; the atmosphere inside the vehicle humid, close; the windows steamy.

In this picture, I’m using the black surround of the bus’s window as a frame.  But the corners of this surround are rounded, so that small areas of the bus’s grey bodywork show in the corners – but actually I like these, to me they add to the feeling that this is not in fact a real scene, but rather a picture hanging on a wall (in the home of a public transport enthusiast??? 🙂 ).

Click onto file to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Velvia/Vivid profile; central Bristol; 1 Dec 2019.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.
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PEOPLE 392 – WOMAN, BACKLIT, AT LUNCH

 

 


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Lunch with a very dear and valued friend, a friend of over 25 years in fact.  Sitting in a pub, with the bright, low angle winter sun pouring in through the windows behind her, lighting up her Celtic hair.

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 27 Feb 2020.
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PEOPLE 391 – ME, A LONG TIME AGO …

 


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Well, OK, you want something different, you can have it … >>> this is me, I suppose around 1976 or so, when I was on geological fieldwork (aka birdwatching and photography) in Oman – and taken by an old friend, John, who was another of our team – and who kindly emailed it to me recently on my birthday.  The location is a place called Ras Sillan, which is on Oman’s Batinah coast, near Sohar.

So, after the initial shock / disbelief, what’s to see?  Well, let’s work down from the top.  Perched on my noble dome is the early incarnation of Photographic Hat, which I talked about and illustrated in a much later incarnation, in Kenya, here .  This hat, bought cheap in I think Millets and already faded by the really searing Arabian sun, drooped down nicely over the top of my glasses, and enabled me to look through my camera’s viewfinder no matter how bright the light – and hence its name.

Then quite a growth of beard: being outdoors engaged upon birdwatching and photography, I mean geological fieldwork, I probably never bothered cutting my beard at all – LOL! the beard I started growing the day I left school and still have!  I have never been able to comprehend the compulsion of many human males to remove their facial hair every day …

Then, around my neck, the pair of wonderful Zeiss Dialyt 10x40B binoculars that – breathtakingly – I paid £125 for, new, in about 1975, and which went on to accompany on all my birdwatching in Kenya, and which took a real battering when I worked as a bird/wildlife safari leader there.  I still have them, they are beside me as I type this, and they are still in full working order, albeit in urgent need of a full internal clean.

But what am I holding?  No, not some sort of rocket propelled grenade launcher >>> it is in fact a Pracktica MTL (I think!) single lens reflex film camera with a pretty dreadful 400mm telephoto lens, all mounted on a rifle stock – you wound your film on manually, fitted the rear end of the stock snugly into your shoulder, and pressed the trigger at the front end of the stock which was connected to the camera’s trigger by a cable >>> and achieved your single exposure! >>>  LOL! one exposure at a time, and certainly not the slightest hint of autofocus!  Not sure I ever took any decent photos with this contraption, although the telephoto achieved some better results later in Kenya, when mounted on a tripod.

And then, lower down again, my mum always said that I had lovely legs … but then, well, you know how mums can be …

And technique???  Well its an Agfa colour slide that has been scanned into digital, and massaged a little in Lightroom, and left uncropped at full frame.  But the really characterful thing about is all of the dust/dirt particles in the slide.  Given time, I could probably have removed all of these in Lightroom, but that would be to completely miss the point >>> here is a picture from the “old days of film” – this is the sort of thing that might gone into a slideshow – and we were working in a very sweaty, dusty and dirty environment, it was really a waste of time trying to keep clean, especially when water was in short supply during our expeditions into Oman’s only recently opened up interior – and to me this slide, just as it is, fluently brings all those long past days back to life.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window … but only if you are not of a nervous disposition …
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PEOPLE 390 – GOING TO WORK 102

 

 


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The morning bus.  The rather grim expression; “that look”; foreboding?  The passenger in red, slumped forwards over the seat.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; central Bristol; 29 Nov 2019.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.
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PEOPLE 389 – GOING TO WORK 101

 

 


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Two worlds.  Above: reality, what things are actually like, how things actually are.  (For “things”, perhaps I should say, “Life”)

Below: marketing, persuasive design, imagined realities – how those intent on profiting from Consumerism’s great festival would like us to believe things are.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format to give 450mm; 6400 ISO; in-camera production of jpeg from the raw file, using the Vivid profile; Bristol city centre; 29 Nov 2019.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 . Each will open in a separate window. (Post 100 contains selected images from the first 99 posts.)  

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 . Each will open in a separate window.

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