Puffing Princess

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For those who like railway photography, this is a contrast to my offering yesterday.

I have combined another steam train but with spectacular scenery and a clearer view of subject and background.

The location is just inside the county of Cumbria coming from North Yorkshire. To the left is Wildboar Fell and the right is Mallerstang Common and Outhgill. Look out for the native red squirrels if you ever visit the area.

Here we see Ex LMS 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' approaching Ais Gill summit (a famous location on the Settle to Carlisle railway, between Kirkby Stephen & Garsdale). The train is 'The Cumbrian Mountain Express', a day trip from Liverpool to Carlisle on 1st August 2009.

The thick cloud and drizzle of the morning had blown over and by mid-afternoon the skies had cleared nicely to light this view from the left/West.

This was taken with my K10D & 16-45, shot in PEF format & editted in SilkyPix Studio Free with a little crop afterwards.
07/03/2010 - 09:11pgweber
Shutter Speed1/500
Focal Length28mm


Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 09:35
A wonderful engine, beautifully captured. I always get too close with my railway pictures: this one shows the setting so well.

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Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 11:18
Thanks Andrew.

On this and yesterdays pic of 'Tornado', I set a shorter focal length than was necessary which gave me the scope to crop a bit.

I was interested in railways as a teenager and have come back to it to some extent since going digital. Some of the pics I took years ago with my Mother's Carl Zeis Jena 35mm compact are taken cropped very close around the locomotive, which I regret now as it loses location and context.

I think it is accepted that with moving subjects, you should leave a little space for the subject to move into. I try to do this at the time of capture.

I think the key with railway photography is get to know your locations. This particular one is very popular and features in some of the shots taken at the end of BR steam in 1968.


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Last Edited by pgweber on 07/03/2010 - 11:20


Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 13:19
Great picture, shot in a classic railway photography location. I got pictures of this engine and train at Carlisle earlier in the day.
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Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 21:41
Love it, beautiful scenery and a beautiful locomotive.

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Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 12:23

I agree with you that your vantage point can make a great shot. ie: would this be a good picture even without a train?

Very, very nice!
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