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Black Five approaching

By throgmorton
Trainspotting at Sittingbourne station.Any criticisms will be noted and acted upon if valid.

Tags: Transport

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 8:58PM
The main criticism for me, is that the train is a long way away!
It would have been a better image if you had the train closer, preferably with it at the end of the platform especially if it comes in this side.
The pic suffers a little by shooting into the light which has lowered the contrast and the jumble of rails and foreground is untidy, but a better view of the train would nullify this.

I'm sure you have better images of this scene.


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pablophotographer 6 931 333
28 Aug 2012 1:27AM
Title says the truth, Black 5 approaching. It looks tiny though.

My main scepticism usually in a picture is the aesthetic aspect of it. People rush into taking pictures. Especially with trains that's the least beneficial approach. they arrive on a timetable (usually late) so if you want to take a good picture make sure you are there on time. Find a location, with good view. Avoid tripods, in case someone trips on them, if you want to lean in a pillar for stability, feel free to (you can use faster iso, wider aperture, or even a weight - the trick is to pull upwards as it pulls down and balance it). Should you have done so you wouldn't but have noticed the platform on the left bottom corner spoiling the excellent pattern the rails create. You have shot from eye level and you are pointing the camera downwards. If you had knelled you would most probably had excluded the platform and maybe some of the close rails. But then, for me you are on the wrong spot. I would suggest you to move a bit to the right, exclude the platform from your picture shoot after the train arrives to the point where the tree now is hiding part of it. Missed it this time? No worries, trains come back. Enjoy.
28 Aug 2012 4:06PM
Hi Throgmorton,

I would say that now the photo has been snapped...could you crop and chop to get the best out of this shot, and store all the very valid advice from above for the next shot?


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