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Botallack Ruins
Date: Tue, 22, September, 2009 Views: 3459
Filesize: 54.0kb Dimensions: 500 x 346
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Keywords: Botallack Ruins
Film make, size & rating:: Kodak I/R 35mm
Film developer & temp:: XTOL
Lens focal length, aperture & speed:: 17mm - f11 - AEB
Tripod used Y/N:: Yes
Paper:: Ilford MG

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B&W Neil

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Tue, 22, September, 2009 6:05pm

I was talking to some friends the other day and it was said that Botallack was a hard area to get an image from, although at first glance there seems to be plenty. I have been trying to get this image for about three years now and recently I made this one. It definitely needs I/R and maybe later this will end up spiit toned or lith printed. So the game is not over yet! So I thought I would post this 'as is' to hear what you think. The composition is challenging as there is not lot of room to work and move about - also a decent sky is essental. Although I am reasonanbly happy with this one I can still see myself going back to see if I can do it better!


Over to you :-)


Neil.

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Fri, 25, September, 2009 8:58am

Looks pretty good to me, I like the formal arrangement of the chimney and fireplace (?), and the geometry of the wall. If you could get a matching patch of blue sky on the left it'd be just about perfect I think. A lith treatment would be interesting.

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Fri, 25, September, 2009 12:09pm

Thanks, Richard. The fire place is in fact a doorway to a tunnel of sorts which I think was used in arsenic production, the place if littered with them. In fact that area was the most challenging as it is about 10 feet down and never has much light in there. I am aware of the sky and it is never totally right! But maybe it will be on my next visit. I think this will lith OK and will have a go sometime.


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Fri, 25, September, 2009 12:51pm

I nearly wrote "flue" rather than fireplace as the lead smelting mills around here have lengthy tunnel-like flues to chimneys placed far enough away not to poison the workers with the smoke! So perhaps that's what your "tunnel" is as well.

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Sun, 27, September, 2009 6:45pm

I am not sure about the exact process but the arsenic was probably a by-product of the tin mining acrivities. It is likely that this area was used for arsenic production as the chimney is not attached to an engine house / boiler room.


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