Sleeping Giants

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The Stanier 8F Locomotive No 8624 in the Engine Shed at Loughborough Station on the preverved Great Central Railway.

The London Midland and Scottish Railway’s 8F class 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive is a class of steam locomotive designed for hauling heavy freight. 852 were built between 1935 and 1946 (not all to LMS order), as a freight version of William Stanier’s successful Black Five, and the class saw service overseas during the Second World War.

On the outbreak of the Second World War, the design was chosen to become the country’s standard freight design, reprising the role the GCR 8K Class had in the First World War.

Best viewed large!

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens (at 18mm)
Hoya circular polarizer


Two HDR images created in Photomatix Pro 3.26 – from RAW files at f/8 (-2, 0, +2 ev) in two vertically shifted sequences

- then manually merged as a partial ‘vertorama’ using Photoshop 6.0 (transform tools, etc)
12/07/2011 - 01:05morpheus71
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal Length18mm


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 01:38
It was a lot of work stitching this sequence together manually! The door frame of the engine shed was literally against my back as I set up the shot, so doing a vertical stitch of two shots was the only way i could get both the engineers pit and all of the height of the engine in my visualised frame.

One day I might be able to save up and get a 10-20mm ultra wide angle lens - which would have made this location a bit easier to shoot! - LOL


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 07:30


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 08:15
A powerful graphic image, not natural, of course, but highly detailed and well executed.
Best wishes,


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Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 09:31
I don't follow all the HDR & processing detail, but the effect is excellent. Good choice of viewpoint too, which to me accentuates the power.

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


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 10:16
Nice one Morpheus. Its not authentic but this engine does look good in red rather than black. I must say the 10-20mm lens does help when you're photographing in a confined engine shed.


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 12:30
Thanks very much for the encouraging comments


Link Posted 12/07/2011 - 13:11
A lot of hard work - with a very good image as the end product.
BTW - see leads to deals in the forum - if you have the finances CameraWorld are doing the 10-20 at £298

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