B&W Steam in Motion


Link Posted 02/02/2020 - 21:36
We live close to the Nene Valley Railway and last month went along to our nearest station, Orton Mere, to see a Black 5 loco on its way back to the East Lancashire Railway having been on loan to the Nene Valley.

I have found from experience that when these locos pull away they can produce a huge amount of steam that swallows everything up particularly any photographer who is too close. So having shot the stationary loco I rushed to the very end of the platform to hopefully capture it emerging from a cloud of steam.

In colour the results did not look particularly impressive so I decided to convert them to black and white using Google Nik in PSE14. I did some experimentation in Google Nik and although I have possibly overcooked them here are my favourite of the results:

And finally, with only a single support coach to pull, it managed to get up to some speed:

These were all using a Pentax K-1 with a HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8ED SDM WR.

Last Edited by GlynM on 02/02/2020 - 21:37


Link Posted 02/02/2020 - 21:45
well shot loving the b&w
k5iis sigma 10-20 3,5 hsm sigma 15-30
pentax da 16-45 f4 tamron 17-50 2.8 pentax 17-70 f4 sigma 18-125 hsm sigma af 24 2.8 pentax f 35-70 pentax A 35-105 pentax da 55-300 sigma 70-200 apo ex 2.8
kenko pz af 1.5 tele tamron pz af 2.0 tele and a flash


Link Posted 02/02/2020 - 23:48
A fine set of mono images Glyn, my favourite among these is the last one in the set.
Steam locomotives let off clouds of steam on starting, especially if they have been standing for some time. The footplate crew open the cylinder drain cocks to blow out any residual water from condensed steam which could damage the pistons or cylinders.
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Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 06:39
Superb set, #1 and #4 for me in that order


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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax 70-200 F2.8

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Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 08:27
Thanks GuYs.

David - Many thanks for the info about the steam on setting off. The loco had indeed been standing for a while. Our station is the last before the junction that gives access to the main line at Peterborough and the train crew was changing over to the one taking it onto the main line. While I have previously photographed trains before they have ususally been running at speed. It is only in the last yaer that we mave moved to Peterborough and have been so close to a very active preserved railway. I got caught out by a cloud of steam in October by the Flying Scotsman doing a similar crew change.



Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 09:32
These look great in b+w, very nostalgic.

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Link Posted 04/02/2020 - 13:18
Great little steamy set - you've done a great job on the processing, it really works well - particularly on the last shot


Link Posted 06/02/2020 - 16:14
Good set, I like those first three shots, with the loco bathing in the steam - makes for a great bit of atmosphere.
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