Dazzled Duchess

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Sometimes Photoshop just isn't enough.

The dark wheels in shadow and the steam picked out by the Sun present a challenge. The flare on the front of the smokebox shows how bright the Sun was.

I attempted to rescue this by adjusting the exposure and then lightening shadows and darkening highlights.

Some may recognise Ex LMS No. 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland', captured on Saturday 16th October on a day trip from Sheffield to London. It is pictured at Netherfield on the Eastern outskirts of Nottingham.

Shot with K10D+16-45 as a PEF.
18/10/2010 - 08:25pgweber
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length31mm


Link Posted 18/10/2010 - 08:44
Tell me about it! I had exactly the same problem with a King and a Pannier this weekend. Still nice to see a Duchess, though.
Best wishes,


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Link Posted 19/10/2010 - 10:45
Thanks for your comment Andrew.

I was intending to go to a more open spot about a mile furhter on, where the Sun would have been more side-on, but as I reached this point, I saw a crowd of photographers and joined them.

They were mainly armed with compacts (cue photo snobbery), so perhaps I should have ignored them and gone to where I intended.

Doing steam train photography, I often long for a graduated filter because the steam/wheels light/dark problem is a common one.


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Pentax MZ6 + FA28-90, FA50 f/1.4, M 50 f/1.7
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