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Took this at Kingsbury water park, it was a a bit of a rushed job as I was on the back of one train when he came round the corner given more time could have done better.

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Mini Steam Train
Username:bkwpix bkwpix
Uploaded:2 Jan 2011 - 10:52 PM
Tags:Black & white, Steam train, Transport
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sadmurph
sadmurph  4
2 Jan 2011 - 10:57 PM

Good fun image, as you say taken as the oppertunity arises. Nice subject and composition. I would be tempted to crop the picture as much of the background does not lend much to the image. Good job.

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looboss
looboss  73124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 12:03 AM

I took the liberty of making a mod, added a bit more contrast so to make B&W rather than shades of grey Wink levelled the track and train a little, and cropped the excess from top and side.
hope you like the mod.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 9:31 AM

it makes an interesting shot Ben with the large bloke sat on the little train and I like the way he is only just visible through the smoke. But the shot particularly the front of the train isn't very sharp. It's not easy to take a quick shot from a train with a 300mm lens so camera shake may be an issue or it may be depth of field. It's difficult to say without having your camera settings. It always helps the CG team to have aperture, shutter speed etc etc so we can work out what is going on in a pic.

A couple of good mods to tighten up the processing.

It's a shot with lots of potential which as you recognise could have been improved with more time.

Best wishes

Catherine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom863 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 10:58 AM

Excellent potential with the steam but your technical execution leaves a bit to be desired. The main problem is the lack of sharpness, and it is rather beyond salvation in software - almost definately camera movement.

Your conversion needs to be a little darker and with more contrast. You should use the channel mixer or equivelent, but you need a sharp image in the first place. We would then argue over should it be the face or the engine sharp - I go for the face.

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jefc1111
jefc1111  41 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 9:41 PM

I like this, you got the shot - that's the most important thing. Some technical issues already mentioned are valid though the image is strong, to me. Prefer the first version, and the first mod slightly more than that.

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bkwpix
bkwpix  3 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 - 10:35 AM

Thanks for all the feed back, I agree the shot needs to be sharper. I like the mods that have been uploaded the first is more to my liking, I am not sure about making photos off centre?

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