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Service Station Llanrug

bwlchmawr
Posted 10/06/2010 - 17:21 Link
This amazing place has somehow escaped the attention of developers!
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I'd have taken more photographs but the road is very busy.
More here, if you'd care to see them:

http://s927.photobucket.com/albums/ad116/ADC3440/Llanrug%20Service%20Station/
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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Edited by bwlchmawr: 10/06/2010 - 17:22
snappychappy
Posted 10/06/2010 - 17:42 Link
A great image, love the rust and orange tones, a very America 50s feel to it.
coker
Posted 10/06/2010 - 19:22 Link
Andrew,
What treasures!

No.2 is stunning. The textures of the glass, the rust(of course!), the flaking paint...

But mostly the "placing" of the bolt-head in the frame & the area of green paint bottom centre.

I don't know much about photography but, my goodness, I like this!

Thanks for letting us see.

Coker.

P.S., get it on P.U. asap!
The more I look, the more there is to see!
rothwell
Posted 10/06/2010 - 19:34 Link
A subject like this is an absolute gift to a photographer, nicely done Andrew as always.
I would like to have a root around inside that place, it must be full of interest, might even be a few treasures!
Best regards.
Geoff Davis
mikew
Posted 10/06/2010 - 19:53 Link
I'm always in two minds about a building likes this (as opposed to the details in the other shots). My reservation is that it's certainly remarkable but beyond that it's very much like any other architectural shot - quite hard to make a compelling image.

As social documentary it has an innate interest but a shot taken when it was in use would probably hold greater interest.

As a total aside hands up who has been served petrol from the old pumps where the operator hand pumped the fuel into a glass container and then let it into your tank as a measured gallon. I got that just once in a village somewhere near Porlock Hill unsurprisingly some years ago. There was the time when many pubs in Devon seemed to have a pump outside.

Mike
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Father Ted
Posted 10/06/2010 - 20:53 Link
I have to agree with Mike here.
I tried covering over the white wall of the building and think cropping that out and a little of the top makes it a stronger image ( IMHO ).
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mikew
Posted 10/06/2010 - 22:26 Link
I was thinking in more general terms that architecture is a tough call - I can't think of a photographer who stands out. Some help here?

Mike
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mikew
Posted 10/06/2010 - 22:39 Link
Don't you feel the pumps are falling out of the left edge and that the closer pump almost but not quite lines up with the wall of the hut? And the white door in the hut is falling away from the line my eye wants to follow. Very difficult subject IMO - I'm sure I would walk past it for that reason.
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i-Berg
Posted 11/06/2010 - 07:45 Link
mikew wrote:
I'm always in two minds about a building likes this (as opposed to the details in the other shots). My reservation is that it's certainly remarkable but beyond that it's very much like any other architectural shot - quite hard to make a compelling image.

Mike

You might want to look away when I post some of my other goldfields images then Mike
robbie_d
Posted 11/06/2010 - 08:50 Link
I like the colour and feel of the shot, snappychappy mentioned 50's America and I think that hits the nail on the head.

I don't like the half cut off house on the right of the frame, but to remove that through cropping would also remove half of the old wooden doors which would be a shame.

I would have loved to have seen this shot from a lower position, angled upwards and squarer on. This would have eliminated the building mentioned above and the distracting bit of roof popping up just left of centre.

These points, however, may have been unavoidable given how busy the road is, so it was certainly better to get a shot than walk by.
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wadna
Posted 11/06/2010 - 10:56 Link
What a great subject Andrew. I feel the building on the right is unfortunate but think the tyres on the left add to the scene otherwise I would be suggesting you shoot more front on or to the right of front on - or you could have moved in *much* closer & used 10mm FL if you've got such a lens (Sigma 10-20 or perhaps the Pentax 10-17).
I love corro but feel you've got the composition wrong with too much at the top, framing down might have been better or you could crop the top.

Regards, Ian.
Edited by wadna: 11/06/2010 - 10:57
aliengrove
Posted 11/06/2010 - 12:01 Link
It is a great subject, must be worth another visit! I agree with Ian, I think in general architectural shots need a wide-angle approach to make them more interesting.
aliengrove
Posted 11/06/2010 - 12:16 Link
mikew wrote:
I was thinking in more general terms that architecture is a tough call - I can't think of a photographer who stands out. Some help here?

Mike

Julius Shulman, who died last year, is one who I think really stood out, in spite of a lot of his work being "American Dream" style commercial stuff. link
bwlchmawr
Posted 11/06/2010 - 12:26 Link
Well, thank you all for your enthusiasm, time and interest. It is a hard subject to photograph despite being so compelling. This is my second attempt at the subject. I was, I suppose hampered by the 28mm lens being the widest I had taken with me. There's a great shot lurking around some where but I just haven't found it. The details were, of course, easier to get "right".
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05
Edited by bwlchmawr: 11/06/2010 - 12:26
fatspider
Posted 11/06/2010 - 12:28 Link
I dont think its that bad, not going to win any prizes but still a nice enough shot, I think a square on view would have worked better, the second shot works ok but I'm not sure about the sepia tone.

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As a total aside hands up who has been served petrol from the old pumps

Is that when it was less than 5 shilling a gallon.

For junior members a shilling is equal to 5p and a gallon is what 8 pints of beer makes
Sorry about turning the thread to alcohol again

Edit: TYPO (my tyoing is atrocious today)
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Edited by fatspider: 11/06/2010 - 12:29

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