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Back in time

By Stormygphotos
One of the last runs of 1450, crossing Oldbury Viaduct on the Severn Valley Railway, heading to Highley, her 10 year ticket expired in December.

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
5 Mar 2021 7:51PM
Hi Kevin, I see you have been a member for some time but this is your first request for critique on one of your images.
There are a few things we do need to know.......

You have uploaded this picture into the Critique Gallery, where you will receive constructive comments aimed at helping you improve your photography skills.
We are here to help, and to give you the best feedback that we possibly can, but it would be very much appreciated if you could help us to more easily help YOU.
It is difficult for us to offer constructive critique without some input from you, and so you can greatly assist us in our endeavours by providing us with a bit more information. Then the critique that we subsequently provide is far more likely to be what you are looking for, and consequently far more helpful to you.
It is highly recommended that you provide us with answers to some of these questions:
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It would be very helpful to have some answers to the questions above, otherwise we are batting in the dark.
Please do ask us any questions you would like our views on and we will do our best to help.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
5 Mar 2021 8:07PM
Without further info, I did a very quick modification, you can view them by clicking on the blue 'modifications' button just below your image.

Cropped fairly heavily, especially from the left to remove that big, dark tree, added a little sharpening, reduced the highlights and lifted the shadows using the Camera Raw filter within Photoshop.
Converted to sRGB which is the colour profile recommended for displaying on the web.

I look forward to hearing from you.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
5 Mar 2021 10:27PM
We do need to know what you'e looking for in terms of critique and advice. You were prompted with a meddage when you uploaded this.

It's a nice contrasty mono, but is improved with liofting shadow detail as in Janet's mod.
Talking of which, while I quite like to see the bridge supports I'd still crop the tree trunk on the left - it's a distraction and cropping will giove more room in front of the engine for it to 'move into' Central placement looks so static, not ideal for this subject.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
6 Mar 2021 12:46PM
Welcome from me, too, Kevin.

Like Janet and Keith, I'd like to know a lot more about the picture and your feelings/ambitions with it.

My initial thought is that you have followed the front of the engine with your central focus spot, and by doing that have included too much bridge, and missed the top of the steam column, which is a very attractive part of this kind of picture.

It can be best, with a subject like this, to prefocus on a point along the track, frame the image as you want it, and expose exactly as the engine reaches the plane of sharpest focus. Quality of image rather than quantity... Back button focus can be very good for this.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2021 1:30PM
Hi, a warm welcome from me too to the Critique Gallery. I see that you have been a site member for several years but have only recently started to upload. I hope that you intended to upload this one for critique. You will have received an automatic personal message from the site after uploading, with information about how the Critique Gallery works, and I would suggest that you also look at the site's FAQs section here.

John (duder)'s advice on focusing is spot on. I would prefer to see a slightly faster shutter speed, and a slightly tighter crop for more dynamic effect - but space to the right, for the train to head into, and bringing a diagonal into the bottom right corner, they are the key here I think.

My main thought on opening this was that I'd like to see the colour original because I suspect that you have lost a fair amount of sense of bulk in the steam in your conversion. Could you add that colour file as a modification please? (Click on the blue modifications button, and follow the instructions). Janet (chase)'s modification has extracted a lot of detail there, but it would be nice to work from the original.

Two further questions: Did you do any processing on the colour file before conversion? And how did you convert to b&w?

I hope that we will hear more from you, the Critique Gallery works best when we get a conversation going.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4227 Canada
6 Mar 2021 1:42PM
Dont use Manual mode, rather use Shutter priority for a moving train.

Use single point focusing and AI Servo focusing mode as you move the camera with the train.

In addition to all the comments above.

Loaded a mod, sharper, smoke detail, shadow detail lifted, cropped to eliminate the tree.


Hi all thanks for the CC. I only put it up for Cc because at the moment the club Iím in is closed, like most others due to the pandemic.
I usually put phots into the club competitions to get feedback on how I can improve, good and bad taken in.
I have photoshop and am still learning as I donít normally tweak my photos.
I used to always use jpeg, never raw, but changed when shown the difference could be.
Iím still learning and want to improve my photography.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
8 Mar 2021 2:10PM
Thank you for getting back to us!

Editing - I always think of it in terms of what I'd do in the darkroom: where making a print at all requires judgement and control of exposure, contrast and composition. Also - since I was learning about processing my own pictures while I was at school and doing O Levels - I view it in the same way as sanding and polishing the things that I made in the woodwork room. Cabinet-making is about more than carpentry, and we were always taught to finish things carefully, and not skimp on the last stages.

So now I regard editing as sanding off the rough grain and applying a coat of wax to the basic image.

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