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January 6, 2010
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Canon EOS 1000D
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240 mm
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Dec 13, 2009, 12:08:32 PM
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Charging Princess by CJSutcliffe Charging Princess by CJSutcliffe
Shot into the sun, and possibly the only time you'll find gricers on Nuthurst Road bridge, LMS Princess Royal Class number 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" charges up the incline from Manchester Victoria on Sunday 13th December 2009, heading up the York Yuletide Express from Liverpool Lime Street that morning.

EDIT: The original had quite some glare on it caused by the sun reflecting back from off the lens and being captured in the final image. To remedy this, I altered the levels, brightness and contrast considerably, then added saturation, highlights and shadow enhancements, before rebalancing the colour slightly to finish off the image. The smoke remains overexposed, nothing much one can do about that, and one would have to exchange sun glare for contrasty ballast work at the bottom of the photo. Overall, I am pleased with the results.

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Critique by Annaphotix May 4, 2010, 1:07:00 PM
This is most certainly a dramatic moment captured just as the train came round the bend into sight, with full plume of steam, and the ability to clearly see its identity on the front. The composition is good and I can imagine standing above it in anticipation of the smell of sulphur just about to envelop me - and the hope that there wouldn't be a notice anywhere near saying "Whistle" just as this was about to happen!

I like the composition and the content very much. However, the fact that as you say, you were shooting into the sun, together with the presence of the steam, unfortunately didn't do any favours for the shot, as it looks as though there was glare coming back onto the lens causing a kind of glaze all over the picture which has slightly obscured the vivid colours there would have been, and also caused the appearance of slightly inferior quality, particularly when looking at the tracks and ground in the foreground of the larger view of the image. This in turn has also caused the whiteness of the steam to be over-emphasized giving the appearance of it looking blown out.

I can see that this would have been quite a dilemma in the timing of things, and considering the circumstances, and that it is a telephoto shot too, you have produced a good result, which if taken with the sun in a different position or even with very diffuse sunlight, may well have turned out to be excellent.
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FilipaGrilo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
:iconfur11::iconcraciun3: FEATURED [link] :iconoldarchitecturelover:

decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot.
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
Hermit60 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Nice shot
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :)
OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo, lookit her go it! Beautiful engine!
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes, 100% pukka locomotive, I love this engine so much. :)
captainflynn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
A classic shot :D
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
JRL5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Featured in my latest journal :)
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