Back in black (and white)

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Some of you may have seen this before, posted in colour on Easter Saturday.

A correpondent on a railway forum suggested I had taken it fifty years ago. The Duchess was around then but I certainly wasn't.

Anyway, I thought I would try black and white for a retro effect.
29/04/2014 - 21:23pgweber
Shutter Speed1/1000
Focal Length50mm


Link Posted 30/04/2014 - 03:45
Nice in B an W. I have a thing for trains, thanks, tg
"It's not what you look at that's important, it's what you see" - Thoreau


Link Posted 30/04/2014 - 10:47
Well done


Link Posted 30/04/2014 - 13:20
Fantastic shot. Yes it does look like a vintage one. That's some head of steam there!
Best wishes


Link Posted 30/04/2014 - 23:24
Thank you Tony, Giulio and Ian for looking in and leaving your kind comments.

I was quite pleased with this shot, for a number of reasons.

i. Location - it is nice and open with a good angle to the side of passing trains. It was also one of few places around Chesterfield/Sheffield where the sun would be on the correct side of the train at that time of day. It was 12 miles from home so required a 0645 start on my push-bike to get there in time.

ii. Lens - I had forgotten to pick up any of my telephoto lenses so the longest focal length I had was on my FA50/1.4, which is an excellent performer.

iii. Focus - I rarely trust to tracking focus, so I pre-focussed with the AF whilst the Shutter button focus was disabled.

iv. Exposure - I deliberately under-exposed by half-to-one stop and then lightened shadows/darkened highlights in PSE to preserve the detail in the steam.

v. Weather - it was cold that morning with little wind, so the steam condensed nicely and hung in the air without obscuring the train.

vi. Loco - An unscheduled stop had been made a couple of miles earlier so the loco was working hard to pick up speed again.

'I do love it when a plan comes together' as George Peppard used to say.

Pentax K5
Pentax DA 18-55 Mk1, 50-200 (Samsung), 16-45, 55-300 Mk1, 35 f/2.4
Pentax MZ6 + FA28-90, FA50 f/1.4, M 50 f/1.7
Tamron 80-210mm & 28mm
Last Edited by pgweber on 30/04/2014 - 23:25


Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 00:34
GIULIO57 wrote:
Well done




Link Posted 05/05/2014 - 07:18
I like the black and white treatment here. I don't take train photographs. Tried the Rheiddol Valley small train once and it was pants. I know how difficult it is to create good images of these splendid subjects. Looked at your collection and you have it down to a fine art. Good fortune.
"The Latent Image that exists before development is a truly mystical and exciting entity and some subsequent individual photographs can make the spine tingle."

Good Fortune:

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Link Posted 10/05/2014 - 15:14
Works well in Black & White - A Good capture.
Not everything in life is Black & White, If only it were!
Kind Regards,
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