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By peel3081
The 'Sapper' on the East Lancashire Railway looking South from Ramsbottom Station, Bury, Greater Manchester.

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banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
8 Apr 2016 6:52PM
Its quite a good effort.

The smoke and steam are nicely revealed. The higher ISO seems to be showing a little, so I wonder if its cropped from a larger original.

Shutter speed is good.

A little soft overall, - again may be due to the ISO, or the lens being used at its widest aperture for 120mm.

Not a lot to do ina a mod, - reduced reds so the front of the train is not glowing, reduced nise a bit, and increased exposure a bit, except in the smoke and steam.


pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2256 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2016 7:15PM
I am not being critical, Peter, when I suggest that this is one of the classic ways of composing a steam train shot, and that's why I like it. Tried and tested ways are often the best. You have a nice bit of track showing in front of the train, giving it somewhere to move into, and lots of billowing steam weaving its way through the trees.

You have placed your engine neatly on a thirds line, with the background nicely subtle, with no distractions. In fact, the area just behind the engine is clean and bright, a perfect backdrop.

So, I find little to critique about this, but couldn't resist doing a modification.
I felt there was a slight tilt to the image, so I used perspective correction on the train and white posts.
I slightly brightened the image, lifted the shadows and reduced the highlights. I finished with a small Levels adjustment and some saturation in some of the colours, especially the autumnal foliage and the driver's coat.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2016 8:08AM
A classic steam loco shot well composed. Ideally the driver could be looking forwards.

The quality is not great due to the higher ISO and, I suspect, a little camera movement and wide aperture. It may also be quite a crop? You are very close to hand holding limits with an actual focal length of 170mm and a tripod or monopod is a good idea if you were not using one. A monopod adds great stability and is easily carried.

The lens will not be at it's best at full zoom and maximum aperture. You would be better at f8 or even f11 if light allows.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1936 England
9 Apr 2016 4:42PM
My mod rotates a degree clockwise, and crops a bit, putting the rail through the bottom right corner.

Conditions were clearly not great: and the quality has suffered a little - whether from ISO, slower-than-ideal shutter speed or wide aperture isn't clear.

That means it's nto a contender in any high-level competition, though thsi doesn't stop it being a nice shot, or even winning somethign on a good day and with restricted competitors.
peel3081 14 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2016 5:24PM
Many thanks I didn't notice the tilt until it was uploaded. All points taken.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
9 Apr 2016 6:36PM
I can see this is a crop as it isn't quite the same aspect ratio of files from the camera.
However, how much of a crop I can't tell, though the softness looks due to camera movement because it's uniform across the image. i don't think it's focusing error. I appreciate the light levels were low but given this opportunity I'd have raised the ISO to 1600. A little noise and a sharp image is preferable to a soft looking picture. Maybe a tripod wasn't practical or allowed, but what about a monopod? It's certainly help steady the camera.

Otherwise, apart from the slight rotation, it's very nicely composed and timed.

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