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Good Friday traditions #8

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 5 May 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

This is part of a fairly long series of pictures taken on Good Friday (22.04.2011) in South Shields. I wanted to document some of our traditions which we have followed for over a century, and I wanted to depict them in the colours and styles that I remembered as a child in the 1960s, and for that reason I have attempted to replicate the slightly faded colours of old Agfa or Kodak prints using cross processing.

To try and retain some of that authenticity you will find pictures which are not particularly straight, perhaps not well focussed, or at an unusual angle, I wanted these to look like very amateurish "snaps" which might be found in any family album.

Rather than bore you all completely, I will break up the series with some other shots from time to time

Here we see members of the Westoe Brass Band just having a wee rest before leading the parades away from the West Park and back to their churches. Thought they looked great under the blossoms.

PENTAX K100D 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 200 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very good shot!

5 May 2011 5:24am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great shot of them, the blossom makes it.

5 May 2011 5:27am

PATRICK from miramas, France


5 May 2011 5:28am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The calm after a stirring rendition of the "Ride of the Valkyries" perhaps?

5 May 2011 5:35am

@CElliottUK: Glad someone around here appreciates a bit of irony!

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

I like this composition. Nicely captured.

5 May 2011 6:03am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Ils prennent la pose et leur pause dans un bien bel endroit ! Encore un traitement très réussi ! Belle journée

5 May 2011 7:27am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

The best of the series so far, perfect composition.

5 May 2011 7:44am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Well seen - superb composition under the blossom tree! I like their different expressions.

5 May 2011 7:55am

ceanothe from France

Very nice shot !

5 May 2011 8:08am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Bien saisi

Bonne journée

5 May 2011 8:22am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful portrait of the band relaxing in a spring landscape !

5 May 2011 8:31am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Timely location of a wind instrument! Superb picture! Charming characters in an attitude of rest! A hug, Adela

5 May 2011 10:15am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I like the tree, the lady is cute, the guys look rather boring

5 May 2011 11:01am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great shot . excellent

5 May 2011 11:04am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

They are relaxed and ready for the next performance. Nice capture.

5 May 2011 11:16am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Love the composition and the expressions on their faces

5 May 2011 11:27am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The enthusiasm is almost overwhelming Curly! ;-)))

5 May 2011 11:37am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

that good! nice shot and funny scene!

5 May 2011 12:52pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, these ties ar really RED! ;-)
fantastic composition with the group standing under this beautiful tree in blossoms.

5 May 2011 12:53pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What beautiful tone and interesting diverse expressions!!! They look real handsome in this uniform!:-) Lovely series!

5 May 2011 1:03pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful collection of faces, with such a pleasing tree of blossoms to ice this cake.

5 May 2011 2:59pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Curly - I didn't get a chance to mention to you a while back that I really loved (and love) seeing the band pictures, especially, but all of them really...over the past days and weeks. These photographs just warm the heart and soul...I personally love them! Thank you so much!

5 May 2011 3:16pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great image with the different expression and pose of the musicians under the blooming tree. Beautiful tonality.

5 May 2011 4:41pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

The dude with his leg crossed looks a bit miffed. A very nice backdrop with the blooming tree.

5 May 2011 4:56pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice uncomplicated shot.

5 May 2011 5:36pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Musicians and instruments look picturesquely nor less than background.

5 May 2011 6:39pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the composition of this group

5 May 2011 6:55pm

STEED from D, France

An excellent reportage......Really !!!

5 May 2011 7:36pm

Phil Morris from Canada

I guess they will have to keep waiting for the parade line is long. Great capture,
and the processing is very suitable.

5 May 2011 8:09pm

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

I would have liked to see them playing of their instruments! Never mind,they are so elegant under these splendid pink blossoms! Very beautiful!

5 May 2011 8:16pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great compo with the repetitive clothing, the blossom in the background and the red colors. The contribution from the blossom is really good.

5 May 2011 8:22pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

wonderful composition beneath that flowering tree!

5 May 2011 8:27pm

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

The anticipation of blowing brass - nice shot

5 May 2011 8:40pm

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

Nice picture. You got them at ease!

5 May 2011 9:05pm

Damien from Le Havre, France

Un cliché très "anglais"
La faute de l'uniforme ?
J'aime bien en tout cas.

5 May 2011 9:17pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is really great. You've done a great job here - It's triggering som of MY childhood memories. ALthuogh I remember plenty of Good Fridays growing up - this particular shot reminds me of a 4th of July celebration here in the states - I love the expressions here as well - and the instruments laying on the ground - excellent.

5 May 2011 10:17pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The blossoms stand out beautifully here. I think I see a baritone behind that guy!

5 May 2011 11:39pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great shot! they are staring at something! :)

6 May 2011 12:25am

Joe from San Diego, United States

This has been an excellent series, Curly. A nice documentary. The local historical society or newspapers should be knocking at your door.

6 May 2011 1:38am

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Superb image!

6 May 2011 2:47am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

brassed off eh?

6 May 2011 8:14pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Yes, their coolness factor comes close to the Blues Brothers. :-)

6 May 2011 8:36pm

Jessica from Maehongson, Thailand

Your goal in giving the look of old color film to this image works beautifully. Nice composition and color too. Though I do wonder what the guy second in from the right is looking with such an odd expression on his face ;)

7 May 2011 4:28am

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

great shot!

8 May 2011 9:34am

Ghassan from Baghdad, Iraq

Good one.

10 May 2011 10:32am

1/60 second
ISO 200
82 mm (35mm equiv.)