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By salopian
On a recent visit to the Severn Valley Railway I couldn't resist taking a shot of this rather handsome beast, although the lighting conditions were not brilliant which may explain why the smoke/steam from the funnel is rather grey. The steam round the cylinders and wheels seems OK.
I would like to remove the back end of the other loco that appears on the left but it looks to be a daunting task and I wondered if anyone has any suggestions?

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2518 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 11:38AM
Cloning out the background locomotive on the left would be very difficult because of perspective. You have a regular pattern in the stonework of the wall behind it, but the courses converge as they progress rightward. I think this is one where it's best to accept that 'this is how it was'.

Have you cropped down from a larger image I wonder? Greater height, with some work to burn in textures in the steam if possible (use the burn tool at a large brush size, very low opacity setting, and work on midtones then shadows; then use dodge similarly on highlights), and a slight crop from the left, would lead the eye upwards more effectively, away from the second loco.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
8 Mar 2015 1:20PM
Theres no enough of the wall on the left to use to clone over the other locomotive. At 28mm, maybe your original has been cropped and theres more space on the left, - it so, perhaps cloning could be done?


PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
8 Mar 2015 2:15PM
with due respect to the comments above, I think it is perfect..

34053 is perfectly landed.. and all without the burden of the long carriage behind..

I think a very fine image..
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 2:45PM
I gave this some thought, Geoff, and thought there was an archway in the brickwork on the left. For all I know, this could be a part of the loco on the left, but it gave me an idea.

I made a dark archway, so I only had to clone in a few bits of brickwork. I then darkened and graduated the grey and black on the left. You'll have to forgive me if I haven't got the bits right on the main loco because I know nothing about what should be there and what shouldn't. But if you try this yourself, you will know what to include and what to leave out.

I then adjusted highlights, shadows and colour balance, and removed the blue from the smoke at the top, mainly by filling in manually with a large low opacity brush. The colour balance adjustment did some of it, but not all.

salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 3:18PM
Moira - I thought cloning would be tricky and best to accept that "this is how it was", though your mod helps a lot. I did crop down from a larger image which unfortunately, I didn't keep otherwise I could try again!
Willie - your mod has freshened up the colours nicely and it looks sharper
Pranav - Thanks for your kind comments. If you ever get over to the UK, go to the York Railway museum and you will be able to see one of this class of locomotive which has been cut open to show the inner workings.

salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 3:35PM
What a splendid job you have made of this mod - I can see you have given it some thought and effort. The arched shape you saw was part of the other loco, but to have converted it into a convincing archway and improved the image greatly, amounts to genius in my book. Thanks a lot ! I shall have to have a try on the original.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2015 6:03PM
Why clone anything out? This is a record shot and as such is in with. The sheds!

Not much wrong. The lighting is rather low and flat as your need for ISO800 suggests. To make it more dramatic I would, for once, go to mino or, better, a deep brown sepzia. Be careful with the highlights on boiler.

I might just add a bit of contrast and grain too. This is old style heavy engineering, so gritty and contrasty suite.

salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 9:43AM
Excellent idea Paul - I did wonder re Mono conversion, so I'll have tinker later on - the sepia sounds paticularly interesting. Thanks.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1928 England
9 Mar 2015 11:12AM
The steam seems veiled, somehow: but rather lacking in tone... I wonder if you can get more out of it from the RAW file (assuming you have one...)

I've tried a crop that reduces the impact of the second loco.
salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 4:48PM
No John, I don't have a raw file mores the pity. I tried a mono conversion as Paul suggested, in channels and the smoke looks better - I'll post it as a mod. The crop certainly helps.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2015 8:50PM
Thankyou for the feedback, Geoff, and your kind words. I enjoyed working on it.

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