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    Posted: 28 June 2020 at 22:50
Hi Everyone,

The gradual loosening of the lockdown recently allowed us to make a visit to the old section of Folkestone Harbour and the surrounding area. It has been known as a Ferry departure point more recently but, going back over 100 years, it was also the embarkment point for may of the British troops making what was going to be perhaps their last journey over to France for the Great War. The railway area had long fallen into decay but has recently seen a significant injection of funding and has been restored and renovated to make it an area dedicated to outdoor events, coffee shops and small restaurants etc. the area has also developed something of an Artisan/artists feel to it and there are a number of installations to enjoy around the area. Also, rather fortunately, there are a decent number of photo opportunities to be had - amongst some of which follow here:

1. Isolated at the Station Platform



2. Empty Boardwalk; Empty Beach Installation



3. Restored and Redirected Platform



4. Social Distancing; Reflected



5. End Of The Platform



6. Older Pier Remains



7. Lifesaver


This is on the restored bridge that carried the railway line over the harbour entrance to 'Old Folkestone' - now a very gentle footpath connecting the two sides

8. Shadows



9. Platform Lights



10. Boardwalk to Nowhere



It's really pleasing to see this area becoming so much more vibrant; a long way to go still but very worthy.

Thanks for looking and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2020 at 10:08
great series, Neil, great place! + great ☼ weather!
really like that platform and wondering if I would like that really powerful angle in #3 and #10 even more if we could see what is on the left from it and from a more distant POV.
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#'s 2 and 8 - Again, something a bit different from you in terms of style, both simple, clean, geometric, all characteristics I am drawn to. And in #2 the composition and low perspective greatly add to the image quality. #8 - the abstract element and the "what is it?" quality engage the viewer. #10 - Almost there for me but the shallow depth of field bothers me, however, this is an artistic decision on your part and the fading to blur is also effective.
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Thanks for the comments, both!

@angora - I have looked to see if I have something a little more 'distant' and I'm afraid I don't for #3 - but that means I can go back and give it another try soon I hope! On the left of #10 is actually a redevelopment are and it's pretty unpleasant ('eyesore' is the correct phrase I guess?) so it's been excluded.

Roger - thanks and I like to try and keep people guessing sometimes.... As for the shallow DoF - well; here's one where the DoF reached out quite a bit further than the other one; is this 'better'? I rather like the mood of uncertainty and, almost, mystery the shallower one gives? I'm not convinced but I like them both anyway!

Boardwalk Meander



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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2020 at 11:58
THX Neil! never meant in a critical manner! just noticed I was trying to see what was left of #3 (hehe). or where it all went or ended? really powerful use of a WA, suppose that made me curious. also about where that great meandering boardwalk was going. the place does look worthy to revisit?! ;-)
forgot to mention #2! supposedly because anyone can see it's a heck of a pic!
and great series anyway!
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@angora - no problem; not taken as criticism btw so don't worry!!

For reference, the boardwalk passes the 'Installation' in #2 ultimately (that would be on the rhs in image #10), but to include that in the shot results in a very messy and distracting image from where this was taken.

As for the railway platform then this is something I need to return to anyway so a few ideas in mind already!

Thanks again and best regards, Neil.
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Neil,

Thanks for posting the alternative - I like it a LOT more. For years in my landscape work I was locked into f16 and f22, wanting the foreground all the way to the background to be in focus. The new #10 fades/blurs (i.e., focus diminishes) near the end of the boardwalk perfectly for me. I have learned something here - I would not want the very end of the boardwalk at the top of the frame to be in focus. The new #10 has the OOF point starting much further into the frame. Thanks for letting us compare the two.

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I like the curves.
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the boardwalk is fun to see ... if it is anything like my local beach then I hope those are nailed down somehow (and treated in someway) before that turns into BBQ fuel
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 July 2020 at 22:42
Great series, Neil - and unusually (?) abstract, at least in part.

Well, my favorites are the rather abstract ones - #3, #8 and #10. Great composition - and I wonder whether these three would also make good B/Ws.

Thank you for sharing!
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For me #2 and 10 are the strongest. And i agree the new version is better, the original had a too shallow dof for the scene. Going into that scene, one looses interest a bit while in the new version one can see until the end.
What annoyed me in #2 was the perspective distortion, the horizon goes up in the left side and also a bit on the right. Personally i'd crop off a bit of the bottom the bring more attention to the colorful beach houses. This is a matter of taste of course. TFS Neil .
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