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An old tin bath

An old tin bath
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Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean11-3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1481 W: 0 N: 3257] (16374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-22
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Sony cybershot DSC-N1
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-31 14:16
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Points: 10
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Hello everyone,today a shot from the Victorian Town of Blists Hill,near Ironbridge.
Here we have a little cottage where farm workers or miners would have lived.Very small by todays standards but nevertheless a home for someone.Of course there was no bathroom and certainly no room for storing a bath of this size inside the cottage, so it had to be hung outside.
Bath time was probably a weekly event, as it would have taken far too long each day to heat up the water for a daily bath.And of course the water would have been shared with the children probably bathing first.
Thank goodness for progress, I don't think that I would want to go back to those days! How about you?

More about Blists Hill in future shots.

Thanks for looking.

PP:small crop,adjust contrast,unsharp mask,border and resized.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2010-08-31 15:23]
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Hello Jean,

Funnily enough, I can just remember having had a bath in one of those things in front of a nice blazing fire. But that was quite a while ago! Strangely, we didn't know that we were deprived in those days - no-one had told us that we were. And I seem to remember it was quite good fun.

Anyway, this is a fine picture - lovely rustic colours and incredible clarity and sharpness. This looks an interesting place to visit.

Best Wishes,


P.S. Those rough walls might benefit from a spot of pargetting, don't you think?

Nice shot Jean, was there myself this year, if i remember they had to get the roof on within 24 hours to allow the cottage to stay.

Great texture in the stone, exposure is spot one.

If you had a sepia toned black and white it would be timeless.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-09-17 14:27]

Hi Jean,
Those were the days indeed,& depending on how large a family you belonged to, which days you had one,& I believe this mode of bathing is still very much in use in other parts of the world,at least bathing in this manner did not waste water:-)


Hello Jean,

Not the sort of object you see regularly but extremely interesting!
A good dof keeps the focus sharp on items and textures.
I like your pov which creates converging lines to make a natural lead across the frame.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-11-06 18:27]

dear Jean,
a beautiful picture of wonderful old objects and stone house,
the tin bath and the watering can are very attractive among all,
and this stone-piled wall and natural slate roof look so precious,
whole aged ambience is superb here,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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