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Old 28th March 2011
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Hi everyone, I went exploring the countryside along the Watercress Line yesterday, it was a"Steam Festival". To be precise I was "Trackside" !

I would like to know what others can do with these two images. The weather was dry, hazy and very bright with high sun.

I would also like advice on my settings/EXIF. in mitigation, please excuse some lack of clarity as I was scared stiff ! 1) Trains galloping past at high speed less than 3 feet from me and 2) being on my own in the middle of nowhere!

If the images are too small, tellme and I can upload bigger ones.

I have been amazed at how some of you, edit and present others images with advice. So I shall be grateful of constructive criticism.

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Re: Trains

Hi Chevvy, No1 is the better for me as it has all of the smoke plume and is not cut off.

As to improvement, it's pretty good as it is, perhaps just making the sky a more deeper blue and making it a little more vibrant and contrasty overall. I'd also darken the foreground embankment down as it's the brightest part of the image and overpowers the rest a little.

Of course this is all subjective and to taste.

A quick and dirty edit in Elements 9.

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Re: Trains

Whenever I've done Steam Trains, I've always ended up converting them to B&W. Being both of the same era, I think they look an appropriate subject for the media.
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Re: Trains

OOh! Paul WOW ! Great edits ! LURVE IT ! THIS LOOK SSO MUCH BETTER !
I prefer image 1 for the smoke plume being complete too!

Graham I too usually do the B&W with them but I usually have taken a steam train photo in Autumn when at least the smoke plume is clearly visible against a dreary grey sky. THIS time I hoped to keep some shots in colour!

Thank You both for being Nice, Kind & Gentle ! and I am chuffed with both your comments.
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Cracking subject, I love Black 5s.

Here's another quick edit based on No.1:





Colour is just levelled, sharpened and cropped, and the B&W is the same but with a red filter. (hence the white buffer beam)
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