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No More Gold

No More Gold
Photo Information
Copyright: Martyn Peck (Travelcam) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 792 W: 72 N: 1163] (10272)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-12
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event, Experimental, Abstract, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 0:45
Viewed: 1314
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
~ No More Gold ~

This is a photo I took of the rail track to a disused gold mine on the Coromandel peninsula, New Zealand North Island.

It was quite eery walking along this rusty and uneven track through the bush. Where once countless tons of gold ore was mined and transported along these rails, the only sound I heard this day was the birds in the overgrown vegetation. Quite nostalgic and eery.

I decided to convert my original photo to a sepia tone to encompass a sense of history to this composition. TFV.

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Hello Martyn,I like your artistic presentation of this old rail track;your idea of reducing the colours has worked really well in achieving your aim.
You captured a good lighting.I like too,the plants standing out against the black bg.
Good title, it catches the imagination.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Nice simple capture, a sense of decay and a sense of mystery too, with the tracks disappearing over the rise into darkness.

The sepia treatment works ok although the flowers stand out more strongly than any other elements, was that deliberate?


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2008-12-07 14:34]

Nice simple composition Martyn, the PP works well

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2008-12-08 22:28]

dear Martyn,
an excellent image.
very artistic and also metaphorical.
tone and contrast of black and white, and partial color of flowers are so effective and tasteful.
thank you,

It's a very good composition:
the curve leads to a dark mystery.
The flowers look red though you say it's sepia.
These red spots breethe life into otherwise a dead scene.

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