West Somerset Railway Spring Gala


bwlchmawr

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 19:55
Shunting



Tall Story



Driver's Grease Top Cap



All taken today (Sunday) with K100D and Tokina 28-70 mf lens.

Hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

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matwhittington

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 20:13
Nice set. I love the first one! Great B/W conversion and it truly looks as if it could have been taken in a bygone age!

Regards

Mat W
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ems82

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 20:18
Lovely set yet again Andrew especially 2
Emma
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pgweber

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 20:24
Hi Andrew,

Excellent b/w conversions and pleasing to see the human element added to railway photography.

Regards
Peter
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HowardJ

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 20:28
Another great set. It must be the season for steam engines I'm quite envious of all these

Howard


Cymru Am Byth

Mike Pearson

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 20:42
Andrew,

Excellent railway photos - thanks

Mike
(The Train Nut)

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 21:11
Many thanks Mat, Emma, Peter, Howard, and Mike.

So glad you like them. I'm not a great steam engine photographer: it's actually very difficult to get right, take the extreme contrast (white steam/black engines) to begin with. So when my steam-mad son drags me off, I find myself looking for other things, between trains...

First time I've used this little zoom I bought for a fiver off evilbay. I'm quite pleased with its versatility, overall sharpness and contrast.

Best regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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Jumbo48

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 21:30
A great set of pictures Andrew, I like them all, Great Western is my favorite railway. Tell me does this line run any where near to Halse? as my Sister lives there and we have to go over a railway to get to her village.

Regards John
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 21:55
Thanks for looking and commenting, John,

Yes you're right, Halse is near the West Somerset Railway's southern terminus, Bishop's Lydeard. You are fortunate in having a base so near.

Today was one of those happy days when I kept "tripping over" photographs and had lots of ideas for other short series. There was even some sun and the engines were amazing, particularly the unique "Duke of Gloucester" a three cylinder BR Standard engine with Caprotti valves...I didn't know this, my son filled me in on the details!

Hope you can get down to Somerset in the summer and have a trip on the railway!

Regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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i-Berg

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 06:58
3 great shots Andrew.
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thoughton

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 11:25
Love number 2 Andrew, great capture of their expressions. Also, dare I say it , they look considerably sharper than some of your previous shots.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 11:55
Thanks i-berg: your views always appreciated here.

Gareth, do you really think they're that good? Events like the WSR are swamped by photographers with the most exotic kit imaginable. Some of the lenses bolted to their Caniks look like something off "Match of the Day". I imagine them going home and inundating the railway press and calendar companies with their 24mp images!

Tim: I'm glad you think they look sharper. It may be the lens, but I'd have thought the primes would be sharper, so that's odd. These little 1980s zooms were produced in their thousands to replace standard lenses at the time, I didn't think they were well thought of. I am being assiduous about applying slight un-sharp mask after resizing as suggested by Will (Pentaxophile).

Thanks again.

Best wishes,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05

StephenLewis

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 12:26
Oh Andrew, I do so agree with Gareth. Give it a try. Nothing ventured nothing gained and they are wonderful pictures. Surely we won't be the only ones impressed.

Stephen
I gladly welcome C & C's. Being foggy minded they really help me learn.

womble

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 19:25
Re: exotic and expensive kit. My first assignment for the student newspaper at the tender age of 20 was a demo at the Durham Union (the debating Society, not the student union). Two of us had been assigned: me with my ME Super and budget Boots own-brand flashgun and another chappie with a Nikon F3 and a flash that was like the Second Coming of the Lord. Come Sunday the editor almost got to his knees and kissed my feet when I turned up with some mediocre images. My colleague had mis-loaded the film spool and messed up the whole film. It is not what you have but knowing how to use it. Having said that, you'll have to prize my DA* 50-135mm out of my cold dead fingers...

Stunning images once again Andrew. Send 'em off, they can only say no. Or even try some of the Railway magazines (quick browse in WH Smiths should cover it ) Railway images are probably more marketable than some of our more artistic efforts.

Cheers, Kris.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 20:04
Thanks Kris,

I particularly like the "Second Coming" flashgun reference! It's a great story, too.

The list of equipment which people include at the foot of their posts reads like an official SRS catalogue, whereas a photo of my stuff would look like the second hand window in Husbands (blue price tickets, yellow, tobacco tinged lining paper and a few dusty dead flies) circa 1973!

But I do take your point!

Glad you like the shots. They were fun to take, even with all the jostling!

Best wishes,

Andrew

P.S. Just realised no one will get the reference to Husbands and I'll sound really ancient! As the kids say: "whatever"!
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05
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