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Old Sepia: Signalbox, Bo'ness Station

Old Sepia:  Signalbox, Bo'ness Station
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, Jessops 58mm Skylight 1A
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2008/02/29 "Old Building Sepia" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 14:18
Viewed: 2008
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture taken at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society site at Bo'ness, Falkirk. Here there is an extensive railway museum and an active railway with steam locomotives and carriages running from Bo'ness to Kinneil. A grand day out!

This is the station's signal-box. I liked the fact that even the old telegraph poles and wires are preserved. I well remember my Dad telling me that the wires had to be arranged in their run from pole to pole so that no two wires ran parallel, so as to avoid inductance: it was a way of passing the time on train journeys to try to follow a single wire and see how it changed position on each passing pole. I think I was an anorak even as a kid!

After cloning out of a modern car from the picture, it was then simply converted to black and white then to sepia tone by a slight reduction of blue and addition of red. Sky also slightly darkened using the gradient tool in PSE6. All comments/critiques welcome.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mickyg: Thank you, Michael!tyro 1 03-20 13:31
To rewind: Thank you, Les!tyro 1 03-06 12:08
To Helkoryo: Thank you, Helen!tyro 1 03-06 12:06
To graffer: Thank you, Peter!tyro 1 03-06 11:53
To Royaldevon: Thank you again, Bev!tyro 2 02-29 16:08
To glint: Sepia.... try this!tyro 2 02-29 08:27
To chefcop: Thank you, Peter!tyro 1 02-29 04:50
To RSK: Thank you, Ron!tyro 1 02-29 04:45
To Regiomontana: Thank you, Lorena!tyro 1 02-29 04:43
To Redrubin: Thank you, Lucio!tyro 1 02-29 04:42
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Hi John
great shot
beautiful sepia
and well balanced

Beautiful POV, lighting and sharpness. I like how the white frames of the windows stand out.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-02-28 22:24]
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Hi John,good POV,I like the hint of that old rail car,this
subject looks good in Sepia.


Nice one John, good pp work, glad you got rid of the car. Looks timeless now.

Certainly an image that suits the sepia treatment.


Hello John,

This is an excellent photograph because of its sharpness, its lovely angled pov and its tight composition!

To tell you the truth, I felt as if I had cleaned my glasses when I looked this!

Have a lovely weekend,
Bev :-)

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-02-29 5:22]
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hello John,
you have managed a nice sepia tone here. Thanks for the notes as I hadnt figured out how to do this and may now give it a go.

Hello John,

What better than a railway scene for an old sepia image. I can't see anything here that would have been out of place many years ago.

Very crisp and sharp throughout, and excellent detail in the shadows.



Hello John

What an excellent choice of building for the sepia theme, the building colours and age suit the sepia conversion really well and the detail is good and sharp

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

Hi John, this took me back about 50 years when I used to watch the steam trains on the Leeds to Ilkley line in Yorkshire as a lad! Lovely sharp shot that responds well to the sepia treatment.
Best rehards, Les

I like the toning here John as it suits the subject and the era .. great clarity right down to the signalman reading his book. You seem to have got a good vantage point (footbridge I presume) .. yep nice work again

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