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From the old and new age of steam

By LouiseTopp  
Paignton railway. I tried to be a bit creative here, I don't have photoshop so I had to use something else, please tell me if this works or not. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Devon Uk Railway Transport England Black and white Digitally manipulated Seaside Britain Landscape and travel Paighton

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2014 11:33AM
I think you might be limited by your software.

I can see your intent, but just having a blob of colour doesn't really work for me, plus I'm sure the loco would look better in colour (green?). Making the dayglo vests bright and the rest mono, makes the vests look like the main subject my eyes are drawn to them.
Perhaps if you want to make it look aged, you could fade the colours, or make it all mono with a sepia tone.

Unfortunately, the mono conversion isn't great either, and it really needs some localised tone control to bring out the details. Not sure if you can do this with your software?

Also, it doesn't look overly sharp, but that may be your uploading/resizing/resharpening process.

It's a nicely balanced shot though, and the small figures counter the size and power of the engine, but I think there's a better shot in here.


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Mike43 7 18 21 England
20 Jun 2014 1:27PM
The composition is fine, but I think you might have tried to enlarge too small a portion from the original, and it just does not work. I know it is not always possible but try and plan your shot during the shooting.

Which is a shame because it would have been a nice shot.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
20 Jun 2014 6:53PM
I agree with Nick,it's just not working for me as it is.
I quite like the content but not having dedicated software for selective colouring hasn't helped you here.
There are a couple of places with blown highlights,due to the time of day & harsh light,
Quote:7 Sep 2008 - 2:46 AM
not really sure this was taken at 2:46am,maybe the time & date settings on your camera need attention.
LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2014 7:17PM
I don't think I have that camera now. I tried putting photoshop on my old banger PC but I have been told there isn#tt any room on what I own at the moment. Maybe in a few years time when I upgrade I could get photoshop elements etc.
dudler Plus
14 706 1352 England
21 Jun 2014 4:58PM
Sadly, no, it doesn't.

The technique can work well, but as Nick says, this draws attention to the hi-vis vests, not the engine. A more subtle version might work.

Also, while I get the idea of old/mono, new/colour, there's a clash between the idea and the way it works out in this composition. Pictorially, it would be easier to have the engine in colour: otherwise, I think you may need to have the men as the main part, with the engine behind them, which is a totally different picture.

I've done a mono conversion - which has made me painfully aware of the technical quality of the original.

My best advice - shoot some new pictures, and post them: there's more to learn from doing things fresh than from raking over old stuff.
LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 5:00PM
Thanks Dudler Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 8:09PM
A good idea, but as you well know, the processing lets it down. Patchy and some strange blurs. Unfortunately, digital photography, as with film years ago, often requires a bit of investment to move on. In my day, it was the cost of a darkroom, now it's a compuer.

You really need a desktop, or laptop with larger screen. Try the ones available at Aldi. Very powerful and reasonably priced.

LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 10:00AM
I would get one if I could afford it, but being restricted by money its a problem.

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