Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Biweekly Shoot Out

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 19, 2007, 10:42 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Alan T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 2,980
Default

This is a section of 'new' track being laid at the end of the Llangollen Steam Railway, alongside the R.Dee on the historic trackbed. I remember crouching awkwardly, trying for a while to decide on vertical or horizontal format. It's not as sharp as I'd like, but at 1/13s, f/3.2, 100mm equivalent, in gathering gloom, I couldn't have hand-held it without my new IS camera. It's only about an hour from home, so with luck I'll get back soon to experiment more, with a tripod or more light.

Pity about the pole in the field. I'll rub it out in my own version.

Amusingly, the signal light burns brightly, though there are no rails, and not likely to be any trains for several years yet.

Attached Images
 
Alan T is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jun 19, 2007, 10:53 PM   #2
Moderator
 
calr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 8,466
Default

Vertical format is probably best for this shot but I suspect the sides have been cropped. I would like to see it a little wider, closer to one of the standard aspect ratios (e.g. 4x6 or 8x10).

Cal

calr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 19, 2007, 11:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Alan T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 2,980
Default

For comparison, this is the same subject, just round the corner where phantom trains must now STOP at the red signal, treated to horizontal format, to emphasise the current tracklaying work.
Attached Images
 
Alan T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 19, 2007, 11:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Alan T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 2,980
Default

Ok, here is the original, resized & sharpened only. I rotated the cropped onea bit as well.
Attached Images
 
Alan T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 2007, 7:35 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,885
Default

I think I like the orginal better. Something about it seems more complete than the original cropped version.
vsch1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 2007, 7:39 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Alan T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 2,980
Default

I think I'd have done better with the full frame if I'd pointed a little to the left, so the nearest concrete sleeper was symmetrically placed, and less bushes on the right. Another day!
Alan T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 2007, 5:37 PM   #7
Moderator
 
calr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 8,466
Default

Alan, I hope YOU are obeying those signals. A train operator can get canned for not obeying a signal. I like the second and third photos in this thread better than the first. Having a bit more on the sides give more perspective to the shots.

I have been keenly interested in railroading for over 30 years and it is interesting to note the differences in nomenclature between the US and UK. What you call "sleepers", we call "ties". I am not sure where either term came from!

Cal

calr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2007, 8:14 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Alan T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester, UK
Posts: 2,980
Default

calr wrote:
Quote:
What you call "sleepers", we call "ties".
"Sleepers", because they spend their whole lives lying down; "ties" because they tie the rails together at the correct gauge.

Here are some of the sleepers, lying intimately together, waiting to be laid, so to speak, and the old wreck that will lay them in due course.

Sorry if this is too far off-topic. Both eminently horizontal, like their subject's usual posture. Let's not get into poor maintenance of "points causing crashes" ("switches causing wrecks").

Alan
Attached Images
 
Alan T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2007, 10:26 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
bill43210's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 933
Default

i like the landscape shot with the missing rail lines, foreboding!
bill43210 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:41 AM.