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Oh, nice scene on the viaduct, Bigsi.
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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

I think that leaving the shadows in was a good move, they add context and act as a subtle lead in. A super shot, love all the steam!

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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Oh, nice scene on the viaduct, Bigsi.

Yeah, nice one Simon!
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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

I'm not really much of a train buff, but I headed out today as "the Cornishman", a Tornado class, made a trip from Bristol down to Par. The light could have more interesting and more steam would have been great but I was pretty happy with the shot below. In the background is Plymouth's Devonport dockyard.
What about a B&W conversion?
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Bigsi,
Thats one of a heck bridge/train shot

Howard S,
really like that that close up of the living legend

I echo Kelly, The Brits really Love their trains, all you have to do is go on flickr groups

Thanks for sharing_______Coast

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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

I'm not really much of a train buff, but I headed out today as "the Cornishman", a Tornado class, made a trip from Bristol down to Par. The light could have more interesting and more steam would have been great but I was pretty happy with the shot below. In the background is Plymouth's Devonport dockyard.



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Very nice composition and photograph, Simon. That'a a beautiful spot for train watching. Especially steam!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2019 at 21:43
Thanks Anthony, Fred, Joseph and Kelly! I had the spot all to myself and even had a convenient ledge to sit on. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this photo and I'm beginning to see what the fuss is all about with trains   

addy- I tried a black and white and I couldn't get it to work, the train just got lost in the photo, thanks for the suggestion though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2019 at 23:05
I think your picture looks great in black and white!



For a quick and dirty conversion, I pulled the green down to zero, the blue down a bit*, then converted it to b/w and pulled the tone curve about a bit to make the distant shore less hazy. I cropped the trees and sky a bit to bring out the loco, but it's still your picture!


* Equivalent to a red or orange filter to push the trees darker and show the smoke better. No blue sky to work on, though! It also makes the green loco darker to help the contrast.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2019 at 23:48
Thanks, I do like that conversion Anthony, much better than my attempts. However I think I still prefer the colour, imo the softer, more diffused light (in this case) brings out the green of the landscape particularly well and that juxtaposes well with the somber monotone of the background. Also the red on the buffer(?) and the first carriage brings the train more to the foreground.

Mind you I'm not a train photographer, more of a landscaper really and I guess we look for different things in a photo!
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NNRY Locomotive 93 Blasts out of Tunnel 2, 17 Feb. 2019



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 18:22
There's a nice bit of drama there, Kelly.

When I was waiting for the Flying Scotsman the other day, one of the enthusiasts there was talking about the conditions necessary to make steam visible. Apparently it needs to be around 10C or lower to get the best effect - amply illustrated here!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 18:39
Thank you Howard!

It was cold and snowing. You can see a few white specs of the snow fall. Plus this is an uphill grade and she was pulling a wrecking crane and other freight cars. Not only is she climbing a steep grade, she's in a banked curve as well.

I wonder if the crew had to hold their breaths going through there, though it is not a long tunnel.

A side note. This was the only place during the weekend photo shoot that I slipped in the deep snow and fell. Soft landing however so no damage done.
The things we go through to get the shot!    Mark Basset the railroads CEO actually fell off the train at this spot, but also into deep snow. Elevation is quite high here at over 6500 feet.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 18:48
Indecently, Howard, the lock on flexible spot AF on the A7III works brilliantly for railroad photography. The GPS tagging from my phone is not reliable. I have to make sure the two are connected every time, can't get them to do this reliably, and find it too distracting sometimes in shooting locations like this when I'm concentrating on getting the shot. I miss the built in GPS of my A99. I wish Sony would give us an accessory external GPS the connects reliably with the camera. For me, for travel photography it is an important feature.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 19:07
I share your wishes re GPS. I often forget to switch it on and I agree it's not 100% reliable when you do (manually!) connect the camera to the app. The A7 III has a big new battery, surely Sony can come up with something better for GPS tagging.

And stay safe out there getting the shots! I was wondering how far you had to hike to get to that location.
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