Churnet Valley 40's Weekend

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  • #6333
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    D. Williams
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    Many thanks to Pete and Meg for a lovely trip out to The Churnet Valley Railway 40’s event on Sunday.  Did me the world of good after 2 weeks of cough, colds and flu. For the entrance fee we got to travel amongst 3 stations all day hopping on and off and to photograph re-enactors at all three.  Super friendly people too.

    Thought I would kick off the photo’s with a few of the first that I have edited.

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    #6341
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    meg cumming
    Participant

    Great selection Dee.

    Love the Germans getting out of the car we know we had problems with a busy background and people coming and going. This has worked well and no clutter or distractions. The Ticket master is great I just love his jovial face, says it all I think and really like the colour is smashing I think it suits the image, though I’m sure mono would be good as well.

    I think we’ve done well not to come back with exactly the same shots, your German soldier at the top of the page is a well seen and I like the composition. I’m glad you enjoyed your day out, did you the world of good I think.

    #6343
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    Anonymous

    Great set of photo”s-love steam trains. Just for my own fun— mind–not nit picking–would   I-???—luv to look for faults in the “forties pics” and have found some LOL—The RAF Officer—cannot really make out the rank circles on his sleeves- the inner broad circle looks odd as if fragmented–think its trying to be a Squadron Leader–“Pilot Officer-one narrow circle–Flight Leiutenant –two circles–Squadron Leader -two narrow and one broad. Now a big mistake–his not the photographers–RAF Officers did not have shiny peaks on hat–material peak RAF Blue. Warrant Oficers had shiny peaks. Who cares –judges won”t know. The one I love are the German soldiers–but outside a “BritishRail”   station. Nearly- but they did not get here-and British Rail was not nationalised till well after the war –late 40″s. Up to then they were private regional companies- like LNER—LMS  etc. But those signs could be altered to many countries that were occupied–a crafty old judge could pick that up–HOPE ALL MY RUBBISH HELPS–LOVELY  PICS–WELL DONE.

    #6346
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    Peter Robinson
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    That’s a great set of images Miss D and I know you’ve got many more.  I think the guy in the first shot looks a bit odd with his puzzled expression. I think a prefer the black and white version of the steam train. I like the composition and the steam brings it to life.  I think the photo of the couple is well posed and shows there relationship, but it’s ashame about the background which you couldn’t do a lot about. I like the black and whit photo of the Germans arranged around the car. I like their interaction and positions and there no distractions for me. The photo of the fat conductor is a good fun picture that puts a smile on your face.

    Trust eagle eyed Ken to spot the little tell tale details, but I’m sure a judge wouldn’t. I don’t think they detract from the quality of the pictures and shouldn’t do so unless it’s specifically supposed to show a 1940s scene.

    #6347
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    Peter Robinson
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    I got a few reasonable shots as well. It was  a good day and the natives were friendly.

    #6348
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    meg cumming
    Participant

    Really love your croners boththe Lady and the gent. The clarity is always present in your work,as these photographs show us. I particularly like the low angle of the German Officer and makes him more threatening. Your very first shot of the day and the last of the run is good as well, though the American officers leather jacket is just losing a bit of difenition on this computer. (My apologies if its fine on yours)

    All in all a smashing selection. And oh boy now I’ve put mystuppence worth on I guess I’d better load some of mine up… excuse while I run for the hills.

    #6351
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    D. Williams
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    I know you have some crackers Meg so there is no hiding place needed.  I am also unsure about the expression on the Radio operators face but as you know I have quite a few to choose from so I am sure I will work it out.  The background is a problem on the 40’s couple especially the banner.  You know they hate to have something to read in a competition. Meg I agree … the Ticket Master Master just makes me smile.Ken … you are very right about the station with the car and German officers. Nightmare eh?  I think it will have to cease to be a station at all.  The gentleman pictured kindly offered to pose with the car for me and that is where it was situated.  Very helpful to know what is right and wrong for the era.  You are a star!

    Pete I just love the first ENSA entertainer image.  Just a couple of distractions to get rid of but I think this one will do well.  You just know that a judge is going to complain about the size of the Germans foot in the 2nd to last! 😉

    It was a lovely day and I am always struck by what nice people do re enactment as a hobby.  Families having full days out together and children polite, intelligent, friendly, well behaved, interested …. and having a wonderful time.  Dancing, chatting, eating homemade cake, sharing the info about what they enjoy.  Lovely to see in this computer and consumer age.

    #6353
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    Anonymous

    Delores please do leave the station in–it makes the complete picture and its great–I would for authenticity  just remove the British Rail sign and perhaps stick in some thing French. ,I know you set yourself high standards .None of the banners in the “couple” pic are really out of character–lots of these little events went on. Now heres one for you Delores–just assuming the “RAF couple ” pic was authentic from that time–What is it that tells you it is post May 1945  and not pre  May 1945.  do you want a clue—“breath in”.lol.  Like the Wermacht at the station very much.

    #6452
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    D. Williams
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    I was thinking of removing all the station signs Ken.  I have no idea where I could find anything suitable to photograph to replace them. Is it the lack of the Gas Mask that makes it post 1945?  You often see re-enactors carrying them.

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