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A "Pacific" class locomotive is an engine with six driving wheels and a separate tender and two or four front bogie . This one is working at the Swanage Railway Spring Gala weekend a couple of weeks ago.
I have noted what members commented on in my last image of Manston. So I have posted this shot, taken shortly after the previous one. The engine has picked up a little more speed and therefoer is not belching the clouds of steam seen in the last shot. I have cropped it differently and it now shows a bit of the bridge that the loco is about to go under. I wanted to include the signal box as I want to portray a scene depicting working preserve steam and its environment. As usual would like c&c's.

Tags: General Transport

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2016 7:29PM
Much better and sharp. It is a touch over exposed and half a stop less would benefit. Plus possibly a little burning in of areas of the background.

Well composed.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2228 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2016 8:58PM
Really nicely composed.
I like it as it is, but just feel that a bit more of the bridge would give it more presence. You say this has been cropped, so you may have a bit more on the original.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 779 England
16 Apr 2016 10:17AM
This is much sharper, which is interesting as you've used a much slower shutter speed, going by the exif data, and the fact you said the engine had picked up speed. Mind you, how much is 'extra', it's relative, and objects coming towards the camera don't need as fast a speed as those going across the frame. Nevertheless, I'd have been using at least ISO 200 and more likely 400 here just to be safe and make the most of the opportunity.

Ideally I'd like to see a little more bridge too, making more of a 'frame' for the image.

However, it's that pale yellow area in the smoke that is at odds with the rest of the scene. It's false and a result of overexposure and pulling highlights back/camera jpg processing. It's one of those things with digital images where there's no detail but image density. While burn-out to white isn't particularly desirable either that would look acceptable.
You could clone in some smoke from nearby areas - this would not only look more appealing but also make more of the smokiness. Alternatively, go mono as Andrew's mod shows.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
16 Apr 2016 5:23PM
Good point about that blown yellow area. My mod gets rid of it as suggested, and overall highlights are toned down, with colour balance a little warmer, and a touch of sharpening.

Shoot in RAW for a lot more control over what the final jpeg result is.


dudler Plus
18 1.6k 1870 England
17 Apr 2016 8:05AM
Definitely sharper!

My only suggestion is that there needs to be more bridge, or none, for my taste. Framing is good, but a little bit in a corner can easily be more intrusion than frame.

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