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Northern Belle

By Grimbandanjo
First off I haven't put this up for critique as it is one of my favourite images (for personal reasons that will become apparent) and I wouldn't change a thing about it; But I will still welcome all comments or advice.

Ok, the story behind the picture is this... The lady is Linda. Linda is my partner, and one of the best people I know. For Xmas 2009, our first one together, I wanted to get her something supremely romantic, so I hit on the idea of a trip on the Orient Express. There were several different ones available, and I opted on the one called 'Brief Encounter' - The trip went from Liverpool to Carnforth Station where a re-enactment a scene from the film would be acted out. The carriages were of course decked out in beautiful art-deco style, and a 5 course meal, including caviar and champagne, was served throughout the journey.
As the trip came nearer we decided to immerse ourselves into the theme and dress in a style appropriate to the period. As you can see, Lin even went as far as having her hair done in a suitable style.

Now, I naturally knew I'd be wanting to photograph everything, but I wanted to use a flashgun as little as possible, if at all. I treated myself to a Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens for my Canon 5D (Ok, yes, the DSLR was a bit of an anachronism, but I couldn't lay my hands on a box brownie). The large 77mm diameter and the wide aperture settings would mean, hopefully, I could take plenty of photos using the natural lighting of the carriages, with plenty of bokah. I didn't mind about any grain if a high ISO was needed as I felt that would add to the 'reality' feel.

Anyway, the pictures came out really well. Back home I converted them to the sepia effect in this sample, and added a little vignetting for authenticity.
I liked the above picture of Linda so much I had a 20" x 16" done and it has pride of place in my living room.

Tags: Sepia portrait Rail station Portraits and people Rail carriage Sepia effect Humour and fun

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