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To be honest I still haven't got the bottle to be going up and asking for portrait photos - though I'm now kicking myself as the crew that were driving this train would have made some fab portraits.
So, here's a little grab shot I took - he'd just finished polishing the engine
(The others are available here: Rule of thirds and Departure.)
Hope you can forgive the severe crop!
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Nice subjects! I wouldn't have cropped out the edge of the man, but it's sharp, and the cloudy blank background works well.
Thanks Coza - I know about the unfortunate crop (but I was kneeling and he was moving...)
...and all you visitors :-P (Feel free to critique away if you want!)
I think you will find the guys that work with these old trains are passionate about what they do ... just start a conversation before you start taking pics... they will be delighted to talk for ages. then drop into the conversation "do you mind if I take a few pics?". Be prepared for it to take all day!
Last time I asked I even got to ride on the engine!
Thanks for the tip Peter
Alas, had the whole family along - so I had to strike a balance!
great comp balance in shape and colour Matt. Should approch some Rail mags with these recent shots.
take care Victor
Thanks Victor Good idea
Brilliant shot. I think the tight crop and the trailing rag makes for an excellent composition, with some good tension and passion going on. The guy looks to be in a bit of hurry. Cracking colours and tones too.
Many thanks Chris. Well discerned - they were preparing to leave with only a few minutes to spare.
Have a couple more of him doing the polishing, but this is my favourite - it's the guy watching me from the observation car
A superb capture, the colours and tones are brilliant. Nice camera work.
Fantastic composition and sharp as a tack. For some reason think the rag in his hand just makes the shot - a sort of link between the man and the machine.
Well caught however it is a pity you cut a bit of the man off! I love the colours and the image has a sense of atmosphere. He is obviously totally unaware that you were phtographing him.
Matt i get down to the Bluebell a bit dont be shy just ask they are relly nice down there
Like the shot very much. Steam is sadly lacking in my PF, but I intend to puit that right!
Many thanks for your clicks & comments!
Appreciate the HC - thanks Pete! - and the RC too
Matt ... re your comments about asking people before taking pictures... I just found some shots I took in May at the Bodmin railway. Just by getting into conversation I was invited to ride with the driver of the train. See here
Not bad for a grab shot. But it is most definitely worth asking, that's when the magic happens.
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