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Registered: July 2009
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RHDR loco No3 'Southern Maid' passes Dungeness Nuclear Power Station with the 11am train for Hythe on 1st August 2009. I usually try and avoid the power station and its associated pylons etc, but when converted to b&w I thought this had the feeling of an old industrial railway image. This was first 'turned' b&w using Redynamix plug in for PS, then 'converted' in PSE9. The long lens has accentuated the rail joints - theyre not that bad in reality!
· Date: Tue October 18, 2011 · Views: 550 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: Steam, Dungeness
Camera Make / Model: Pentax K20d
Lens Make / Focal Length: Pentac SMC28-80
State / County / Area Image Taken: Kent
Country Image Taken
United Kingdom
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Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Tue October 18, 2011 9:43pm

I like the angle at which you captured this providing a view of the entire train and that locomotive smoke trailing off.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,710
Wed October 19, 2011 12:29am

I view a lot of train photos on an online train site and I always say to myself: "It has to be in color to make the grade as a train composition", and then we have your b&w picture which really hits the ball out of the park so to speak. I like the overall industrial feel of the image, the black smoke trailing off to the right from the engine, the curve of the tracks leading the eyes of the viewer to the train and then there is the train itself which stands out strongly in the picture.

An addition to my favourite list.


Registered: January 2011
Wed October 19, 2011 3:20am

This works very well in B&W, good job.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Wed October 19, 2011 10:35am

Hi Les
This is an excellent composition. The train and power station occupying the left, nicely "weight" the image to that side while the smoke drifts across to connect to the pylons which being skeletal in nature, fill a space without spreading the viewers attention too much. Also, the attractively curved rails leave the image at right in the lower right corner providing a dynamic angle.
The conversion too is excellent, giving tone to the sky. As there is nothing to give scale, the loco takes on a full size appearance rather than a 6ft high engine. For me, industrial and locomotive images are mostly (not always), stronger in monochrome.
On my visits to Dungie, I've yet to photograph the miniature railway since I'm always on the beach when I hear and see the train come in a half mile away which leaves me too far away to get there and set up before it leaves on the return journey. I also felt it might appear too "twee". Next time I shall have to check the timetables and be there waiting for it as I attempt to emulate this fine effort.

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 175
Wed October 19, 2011 7:27pm

Super shot Les .. Vic has said most of what I was going to say. B/W is perfect and the curved POV shows of the train to perfection. super work

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 1
Thu October 20, 2011 2:51am

This really does jump right off the page----that beautifully curved line adds so much power to the comp and you were doubly blessed by the clouds too----really beautifully converted to bw---really really good job----lynne

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,831
Fri October 21, 2011 6:28am

I can only echo the words of Vic and Mick Les, conversion process superb and well composed.
Paul Baybut

Registered: November 2011
Tue December 20, 2011 11:23pm

Awesome shot. What a perfect scene. The eye is taken on a quick route along with the train straight out of the picture. Bravo.

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