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Ready to go, Front end of a thoroughbred

By benjibob342
60103 Flying Scotsman is ready to leave with diner train

Tags: Transport Scotsman

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
25 Feb 2018 10:35PM
I see from your portfolio that you are interested in stem trains, and this is on you have to have in the collection.

You got in quite close to show only a part of the front, so perhaps this has some special significance. I would thik that more of the train, or certainly the wheels would be good to include.

I think this image to me looks quite soft, as in not very sharp. You settings look reasonable, but I dont know if you manually focused or not.

Part of the lack of sharpness might be due to post processng, as Im sure this was originally a very large file? In post processing, if there is a lot of compression and file size reduction you can lose sharpness, and have to compensate by adding some sharpening.

Apart from that, I would think getting the level of black to be equal to black can help with contrast; and adding positive exposure compensation to brighten ( and dont worry about blowing the small white lamps) can make the image pop a bit.

See what you think.


paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2018 8:57AM
Willie covers it. The Pentax 645D is a medium format digital camera and the results should be superb? I assume hand holding and shake. You need a tripod with such cameras to get the best from them otherwise you waste the superb quality they are capable of.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2018 3:50PM
I wonder if this is cropped down from a larger file? The main thing that jumps out for me is that it needs more space - a locomotive needs its wheels!

Such a long focal length would not be my choice, I would want much wider angle...
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
26 Feb 2018 9:26PM
I have a friend who uses a 645D for nudes, and the quality is superlative: but it needs very careful use - not a camera to use in a hurry.

This looks quite rushed, as a picture, with focus more on the nearest parts of the engine than the boiler. Most of your shots seem to have been thought through very carefully, and I wonder what was different about this one. And, as Moira says, this looks very cramped. The low angle suggests that much of the engine was shielded from the camera by the bank: I think I'd have wanted to scramble up and to the right, for a more level and frontal view.

So - please tell us the story - why this angle? Is there soemthing special about the engine?
benjibob342 14 45 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2018 12:48PM
Appears they are looking at a different pic to me. Banehawi is talking gibberish and way above what I wanted. Reason I don't join any clubs, its always, well u shud have done this, or that or the other. Not knowing the full story can be misleading.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
19 Mar 2018 4:41PM
Whats the full story we dont know?
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
19 Mar 2018 9:08PM
The criteria are very clear: by posting here in the Critique Gallery, you are asking for in-depth analysis of your picture, and comments and suggestions about options and improvements.

From your response today, it appears that you didn't want that: and maybe you posted in the Critique Gallery by mistake - it happens.

As to not knowing the full story, we can only know what you write - and you didn't say anything about the circumstances of taking the picture.

I'm sorry that you feel that member of the Critique Team have been critical and unhelpful - but you shot with a medium-format digital camera, a really serious bit of kit, and gave us very little to work from. If there's more to the story, tell us, and we can tailor comments to what you're looking for.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2018 8:10AM
You have been on the site for ii years, Benjamin. I hope that you have seen the information panel that is prominently displayed on the Critique Gallery page.

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