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Oh my, those are like paintings and not pictures! The first three especially so!Westside Road, Sonoma, California
It was a beautiful spring day in Northern California yesterday. I've never had a problem new location while driving back roads of Sonoma in spring.
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The first image is the one for me. I like that there is more of the bridge and train and trail of steam. It seems also that this is a sharper image than the second, but that might be me imagining it.I wonder if you guys will indulge me!
Back in 2010, I used my Pentax 645D to shoot a steam-hauled train in the Scottish Highlands. For those of you who might care about this sort of thing, it's a Black Five on Loch nan Uamh viaduct, between Fort William and Mallaig. These days, steam-hauled trains don't usually run westbound in the late afternoon (this one was a private charter run for the photographers), so a rare opportunity to get the lighting right on such a scene. We also made sure the loco. was working in a position that's actually slightly downhill; it was important to get a steam trail.
Anyhow, I am working on something using this picture and wondered which of the two following renderings you prefer. The first one is pretty much as-shot - which is closer in on the train, but still obviously a landscape shot too. The second one involved taking a picture further back, to get more of the scene included (then compositing the train and its steam trail onto that scene); it obviously makes the train less dominant, but gives (I feel) a slightly more pleasing landscape composition. I suppose it depends how much you want the train to be dominant, and how large the picture is to be used (the train being small matters less in a massive print you can walk into, I guess!). Any preferences or views?
Loch nan Uamh viaduct in October 2010 by Ed Hurst, on Flickr
_IGP0769Step18sRGB by Ed Hurst, on Flickr