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Online Roger W

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #50 on: March 28, 2019, 01:51:57 am »

Feeling horribly old all of a sudden. :(

Ah, but you didn't have all these marvellous memories when you were young, did you?

Happy days!

At least, it wasn't a wooden barrel of cider!

Keep 'em coming!

Roger
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #51 on: March 28, 2019, 10:01:46 am »
Thanks for ushering in page three Roger. Without you Tony and Laurie I doubt that I would have the will to continue.  :bow:


So one today so far as I am about to continue my monthly battle battle in Nat West where they make me qu for 20 minutes to pay in a cheque as I wont use the bloody robot.
Wanted a new credit card last week. Said I would have to wait half an hour to see somebody. Let battle commence.


So caving in the 60's here epitomised by Pete Rose on the Blue Pencil chain, Swildon's Four. Stinky lamp spare. Edison cell , Old boiler suit. You young 'uns never had it so good.



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« Reply #52 on: March 28, 2019, 11:09:10 am »
...and old miner's helmet of course. That old chain was best not looked at too closely - if you spread the links you noticed they were almost worn through.

Keep 'em coming please Mr OR, your fans hang on your every posting!
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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #53 on: March 28, 2019, 12:01:59 pm »
I appreciate the photographs very much.

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« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2019, 08:04:48 pm »
Lets do some more then. Had a great rant in the bank but it will do no good.

Me at White Company c 1980.



Pretending to be a cave diver at Pridhamsleigh.



Bakers Pit 1960's



Enjoying Daren Cilau.



Enough of me lets have some portraits of nicer looking folk. 


N.



Catch em when you can.

Mike.



My very first caving portrait. Terry , Holwell c 1963.



Tony



Him again . Nearly always doing something daft.



I do like this one. Portraits are best unposed.



M.  Portraits need to give an essence of character. I liked it but he might not as people often dont see themselves as others do. We photographers sit on a fine line between offence and our own view of character.



Nikki is possibly the best model I have photographed. She is purely natural and being a photographer herself has an innate understanding of what her photographer wants to see. Her character shines. I never have to say anything just be there to catch that wonderful smile.







Some like Nat are great models in a differant way. Instinctive I suppose. Not the effevescance but a more sublime quality. Again I would rarely have to say anything but ask her to flick the hair so the camera could see it.



You will find that no matter the cave background a  "wrong "model will spoil the image. Its not their fault. Nothing gets radiated for the camera to pick up. Maybe just a sense of boredom with the whole proceedure. Thats why you have to be quick or un noticed. The rictus grin is worse brought about by continual faffing by the photographer.

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« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2019, 08:35:05 pm »
A few more portraits.

Watch for the outstretched arm or hand. Sometimes it can look out of scale. Sometimes it works as a support or frame.



An unposed " sneak " shot.



I would call this a portrait. The glasses give the subject something at odds with the position he is in. For some reason it struck me as funny.



A spontanious reaction is great. Be prepared for it.



Not everyone like their photo taken.


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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #56 on: March 29, 2019, 10:09:23 am »
The day of my departure draws closer. I suppose we could all say that. No. I mean off to WA.


So -


Only the little things.


Surface tension.




Only a handful of people know where this is in Shatter Cave.



Botryoidals.



When there is not enough use a mirror image.





Fingers



Helis.







Long gone but not forgotton ( trod on ! ) Shatter Cave.



Shatter Cave. Ok here is where a cave warden can help. If you do not know a cave intimately you will never find the best macros.



Withyhill.







The Frozen Deep. Rarely noticed and up on the roof.



Reservoir Hole again.



Shatter Cave.




With macro the compact camera comes into its own. The TG series handles macro well but remember the depth of field on Macro or Microscope may only be one or two mm. You can compensate a bit by having a black background. Also you have to be perilously close to the subject so lighting is awkward. Often I just set the Scurion to one side but you can use a ring flash. The TG ring flash is basically a prism reflecting light from the main flash. In awkward situations it might be best not to use macro but to crop in the final image. The zoom on TG's rarely works well. OK not pin sharp but its a compromise. Photography always is. You often have to sacrifice some element to get what you want. For me its the general image. No faffing about and hope for the best.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #57 on: March 29, 2019, 01:17:26 pm »
You've reminded me just how many lovely young ladies there were, and still are, are in the caving world.
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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #58 on: March 29, 2019, 04:17:51 pm »
Off subject, but since you mentioned it
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Had a great rant in the bank but it will do no good.
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Some time ago I had an ongoing battle with the bank, and one day an American visitor came to stay with us; she said that I shouldn't let the bastards walk all over me, but 'go in there and kick ass'. So I did . . . with an amazing result. So – you never know, it might work!

PS I like the pics.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2019, 05:11:23 pm »
Thanks for ushering in page three Roger. Without you Tony and Laurie I doubt that I would have the will to continue.  :bow:


So one today so far as I am about to continue my monthly battle battle in Nat West where they make me qu for 20 minutes to pay in a cheque as I wont use the bloody robot.
Wanted a new credit card last week. Said I would have to wait half an hour to see somebody. Let battle commence.


So caving in the 60's here epitomised by Pete Rose on the Blue Pencil chain, Swildon's Four. Stinky lamp spare. Edison cell , Old boiler suit. You young 'uns never had it so good.



Pete still looks like that ;D

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #60 on: March 29, 2019, 07:46:54 pm »
Little things to big things. ( Hope I remember the names correctly )

The Collonades , Lancaster Hole




The Trident. OFD.



The King. Stoke Lane Slocker.



The Queen



GB Great Chamber. Early 70's. Cracked column.



Shatter and the smiling girl. xx



Me in Withyhill. 1970's



The super boulder. The Frozen Deep.



Huge upturned stal formation. The Frozen Deep.



The curtains. Fernhill






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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #61 on: March 29, 2019, 08:08:16 pm »
Agen Allwedd



OFD



Agen Allwedd. Cliffs of Dover



Agen Allwedd. Sump Four



Darn. Cant remember.



Me somewhere. LNRC ?



St Cuthberts  -  somewhere.



Pitch head Daren Cilau



Me with camera box. Daren Cilau



Slaughter Stream Cave. Wonder if it is taped now.



Happy days on the hill ( Agen Allwedd ). The little boy is a policeman now. Just like his dad.




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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #62 on: March 29, 2019, 09:58:38 pm »
Tempus Fugit.

As You Like It.



Looking at the older images of us makes me realise two things.

Time stands still for no man.

How lucky am I

I am the eldest of three brothers.

My middle brother died of cancer aged 60. My  younger brother is diabetic. I am only slightly mad. :blink:

So what of some of us today.  Back to portrits my favourite caving theme.

Me by me and why not ?



Pete.



Trevor and Pete. Are we too old for this ?



Trevor



" Pardon "



Pete 1970



Himself.







Himself and me in Twin Titties 1992.



Trevor in Swildons 2.


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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #63 on: March 30, 2019, 07:21:14 am »
Your posts are a much needed diversion  from the recent worries on ukcaving [ especially Lauries knee]

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« Reply #64 on: March 30, 2019, 07:30:26 am »
Your posts are a much needed diversion  from the recent worries on ukcaving [ especially Lauries knee]

And Brexit   :confused:

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2019, 08:01:37 am »
Stoke Lane Slocker.

Trevor at the entrance.



My brother on the traverse. Stoke 2





My brother in Stoke 2



Pete Rose in Ubley Warren 1960's



Pete in Withyhill c 1972.



Wet Ears Squeeze in Swildons.



Short Cut Short Cut OFD.



Pete and Trevor. 2nd Choke Agen Allwedd.



Pete at White Company



John Keat, Fairy - Hilliers dig.



Blasting our way into terminal chamber GP Series, Withyhill with John Keat. c 1973




Pete and Trevor in OFD




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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #66 on: March 31, 2019, 10:47:53 am »
Lost and gone forever.


The value of " historical " cave photographs.
 
Jackdaw Cave, Cannington.





" Twins "

The twin stal has gone. The boy twins have grown up.



Brian Prewer with the Twins. Brian is about 80 now. ( Withyhill )



Curtain lost in a tragic surveying accident.



The machinery at Fairy Cave Quarry c 1970.



Shatter Cave.

Er I have forgotten where they are !







My youth --





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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #67 on: March 31, 2019, 07:05:07 pm »
Pipe Dreams. Vurley.

It had everything. Free pipes close by, a hut, a happy landowner, a lovely closed karst basin. It ended up 150m deep. The story continues ---































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« Reply #68 on: March 31, 2019, 07:25:47 pm »
Some People That I Used to Know.


And still do ---- :kiss2:

Barry reminds me of Arthur Lowe. In a cave he looks incongruous. Like he should be in a bank perhaps.



He said he was not asleep though I am not so sure.



Nigel. " The Engineer ". Caught here in an available light shot.



Brian Prewer. Over 80 now. At St Cuthberts.



Pete in the Hunters reading the Times. A pint of Butcombe, soup and a roll. It never varies.



Alison whom I admire as a cave digger. Here on the first climb of Ascension in The Frozen Deep. Andrew Atkinson lead climber. Alison competant middle support. The old photographer last and here desperately hanging off the climb for an historic photo. You only get the one chance.




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« Reply #69 on: March 31, 2019, 07:47:06 pm »
My lovely lady cave " models " Nat and Laura.



Nikki.



Him by available light. Never downhearted.



Cap'n Chris in Neverland. He knows how to look after old cavers.



Kate both fearless and fearsome.



Chris. Fearless under ground and underwater.

Me." Oh dear I have accidentally thown the ladder down the pitch." :-[

Chris.  "$%^&*$"    ! >:(



Yes. Me of course but then I dont think I know myself well at all .




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« Reply #70 on: March 31, 2019, 07:54:22 pm »
Takes me to around 300 images now. Away tomorrow then back later in April . Might just take it to 500 who knows ?

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #71 on: April 01, 2019, 08:36:53 am »
Lost and gone forever.


The value of " historical " cave photographs.
 
Jackdaw Cave, Cannington.


Could be the surface of Mars....
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« Reply #72 on: April 01, 2019, 09:35:11 am »
Does caving photography have to be so serious ?

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« Reply #73 on: April 01, 2019, 10:31:26 am »
That's a good old-fashioned lifelining position, Maj.  ;D

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« Reply #74 on: April 19, 2019, 12:15:48 pm »
Back from SW Australia so might do some more. Well Photobox have a massive sale over Easter so I have got all these photos arranged in an A3 photobook ( 361 images ).

100 page Photo Book now £24.99, was £101

Could not resist that.