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My local tube station for about 20 years, West Ham, London

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Terry S


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This picture was made from a negative taken about 30 years ago, whilst I was at college in London, studying for an HND in Graphic Design. I recently found the neg whilst looking through a book and so treated it as a hint that it should be reprinted.


It was taken with my camera at the time, which was a 35mm format Practica MTL5B, which although heavy to carry around, produced good pictures with its lenses.


Taken one evening, using a tripod and the B setting with HP5, which was then developed in D6 / ID11 at 1:1, which was the colleges’ standard developer.


I remember the station master announcing over the platform speakers, “Would the person taking flash pictures on the platform please stop!” Hearing this I carried on as I wasn’t and so thought that someone else must be doing so on the platform somewhere. His announcements carried on - as did I. After about ten minutes I was finished, so I started down the tube line steps to go home, living just around the corner for about 20 years in the end.


On the way down the stairs a rail employee stopped me with a comment of, "Didn’t you hear me asking you to stop using flash on the platform. It’s NOT allowed!" I just smiled and said "But I wasn’t using flash" and carried on walking, leaving the bloke somewhat lost for words. Obviously not being a photographer, he couldn’t understand how one could take pictures at night with out one.


The print sent out was printed on Ilford Pearl RC paper at grade 2 with out the need for any burning in or dodging. Some might say the lights at the top could have been burnt in a bit but I don’t think they need it. I think that they add a little brightness and contrast to the print, especially next to the dark night sky. I was also quite surprised as it’s not very often one gets a neg that prints so easily as this one and then liking the final print as well.
· Date: Wed, 25, January, 2017 · Views: 1263
· Filesize: 39.0kb · Dimensions: 567 x 428 ·
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Keywords: West Ham, London, Practica MTL5B, HP5
Film make, size & rating:: HP5, 35mm, ISO 400
Film developer & temp:: D76 or ID11 @ 20C
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: 28mm
Tripod used Y or N:: yes
Paper:: Ilford RC Pearl
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford multigrade at 20C

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SanMiguel
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Thu, 26, January, 2017 11:02am

Lovely shot Terry and great story to go with it. I often browse through my old negative files to see if there is anything worth printing. In my case there usually isn't very much - a lot of mine appear distinctly lacking in contrast...so well done, particularly on getting something to print so well at grade 2.
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Terry S
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Thu, 26, January, 2017 2:21pm

Thanks very much for the comment SanMiguel. Looking at the print again, as I scanned it, I am again quite chuffed at how the print came out.


And I think we all have a sinking feeling when looking through sheets of old negs, looking for a lot more good ones than actually exist LOL. How our memory likes to big it self up and then lets us down eh? One can only move on and take more pictures and therefore up the chance of another good shot or two in the pot. Smile


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MikeHeller
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Tue, 31, January, 2017 10:30am

What a good story. I think that context to a photo/print can be almost as important as the photo itself.
The lack of real context for a picture is a problem I have with many exhibitions, competitions, and internet galleries.
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Terry S
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Thu, 2, February, 2017 1:41pm

Thanks for the comments Mike and I totally agree with you. When at my photo club I love to hear the story behind a members or visiting guests pictures and not just a straight score.


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