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Into the dark

By Gavin_Duxbury    
A train heads into Totley Tunnel.

A different take on the usual train photograph

Tags: Blur Train Tunnel Black and white Shutter speed Slow

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CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2010 2:23PM
I agree Gavin that this is a different take on the usual train photography and a good use of colour popping.

I have uploaded a mod for you where I have cloned out the white sign on the left and the speed sign just below. I am sure you could do a better job with more time. I also wondered whether a tighter crop would work better. The impact of the colour gets slightly lost as there is so much grey around. See what you think.

Great idea though.

Best wishes

swanseamale47 13 124 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2010 2:35PM
I too have uploaded a mod, here I have streatched the train with the transform tool, I duplicated the layer and changed the blend mode to overlay to boost the contrast and bring out the colour a bit, finally I added a vignette to darken the corners to focus attention on the train.
Hope you don't mind.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
21 Nov 2010 3:09PM
I would love to see the original of this Gavin, - Im not so sure colour popping is the best approach. Could you upload it as a mod?


achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
21 Nov 2010 3:39PM
Nice capture! Good thinking!


banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
21 Nov 2010 5:58PM
Thanks Gavin.

I like the colour version personally, - but I can see why it would suggest selective colouring. The trees over the bridge have little colour, and low contrast.

So, taking a different approach, Ive modified the original colour as in mod1, by cropping, adding space at the top (increase canvas and clone in), removing the signage and straightening. I increased contrast and sharpness in the upper area.

Then I tried in mod2, to suggest the train is disappearing into a mysterious place, - to assist the obvious darkness of the tunnel, by de saturating the upper part, - i.e. beyond the start of the tunnel, and added a misty effect with diffuse glow.

Hope this gives you some other ideas,


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2010 8:05AM
Everyone to there own. I would leave it alone - I like what you have done as is. I would leave the signs in as they don't pull the eyes from the very insistent train.

shawy 10 United Kingdom
2 May 2011 9:03PM
A brill idea Gavin, giong to give it a try myself. Shawy.

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