Great picture for this challenge. Despite my brain knowing what is going on it still looks like the waves are hovering above the beach.
Interesting photo of a fascinating aircraft. I wish I'd get to see it fly. Maybe I'll see it in a hangar too one day.
I really liked the texture and imposing impression of the smoke trail. Those Italians sure know how to put on a show.
RBFresno: That is a terrific image!!! My home town of Omaha, Nebraska was a rail center, and I remember those Steam Engines roaring by very well.I had no idea that those engines were still in actual use, though they are run regularly not to far from where I live, at the Railtown, in Jamestown California. Seeing your beautifully done work, makes me want to get back there and do some more photography.
Thank you. Yes I hope you will get out to see steam in action. If you can get over to Colorado you can have a great week's holiday photographing the tourists trains running on the Cumbres & Toltec and the Durango & Silverton Railway. Easily chased in a hire car to give loads of different opportunities.
calson: Overall this is a very nice image. I think it would be stronger with more space to the left of the locomotive. It would give more of a feel that the train is heading off to distant places in the night. It needs more room to run in the image.
The selection of the trestle crossing was a very good choice as the old wood ties in very nicely with the ancient locomotive and this works very well as a B&W image that adds to the old times feel of the image.
Brilliant concept that would be fun to play with, both variations of the shot and alterations to the post processing.
There was actually a tree just off to the left which is a bit of a mess. You are right about the different processing possibilities. I almost deleted an earlier "blue hour" shot without flash which I didn't like in colour but in a brown and white version it's become my favourite. I just need the right Challenge title to enter it into!
With regard to the queries about exposure, I've not altered the exif data. It was taken on "B" so presumably the camera measures the time it is left open. It was pretty black when the shutter was opened, the framing and focussing having been carried out before it got dark, and it remained open until three old fashioned flash bulbs were set off along the length of the scene. I don't recall now but I suspect the head lamp brightness was turned down to minimum to reduce risk of it being too burnt out, certainly nothing has been done other than "recovery" of highlights in RAW processing.The steam is not blurred as all the light is from the flash but it is surprising there aren't three images from the three flashes, perhaps what is seen here is the third one overlaying the other too or the steam was only present during one of the flashes.
NAwlins Contrarian: Very nice picture, in the style of O. Winston Link. The headlight and lit-up steam escaping from the whistle and/or turbogenerator are a nice touch. Even with the train stopped, 38 s (what's reported above) cannot be the right shutter speed / exposure duration--the lights would be totally blown out, and the steam would look a lot smoother.
(Now to pick nits: the Union Pacific never got anywhere near Georgia, the closest being New Orleans; and by the time GK&tP released the song in 1973, American railroads had stopped using steam locomotives for, depending on the railroad, thirteen to twenty years.)
Oh come on don't let your nit picking spoil it for the non rail enthusiasts! He could after all change trains in New Orleans, probably having been sold a cheap ticket with many changes and stop overs. Mind you, if you are correct that the lyrics referred to events in 1973, and I don't think we can be sure they do, you'd have to question why he'd only got as far as Utah by 2007!
The stand out picture from this challenge. I saw it and decided not to enter my lacklustre effort!Was it set up or did you chance upon this couple sitting in the light?
MichaelIsGreat2: Black and white means dead to me!! It has this false pretense of being artistic but it is not! In many ways, black and white pictures rob us of the reality, as we live in a colorful world, not in a black and white world.
This picture is a good example. We are basically rob of many beautiful colors and shades in the name of the pretentious idea that black and white pictures are artistic when they are not!!
It was a black and white challenge so Steve Throndson had no choice but enter a black and white picture if he wanted to take part. MichaelIsGreat2 on the other hand could have chosen not to look at the challenge if he doesn't like looking at Black and White pictures.
My favourite photograph in these film challenges. Well done Steve.
Great image. My favourite in the challenge.
Nice photo and fitted the theme very well
Thanks both. It's a wild bird at a farm in Wales coming in to food thrown out the same time each day. It's about to swoop down to pick up food without touching down.
Great composition and lighting!
Nice picture. I thought this was a potential winner.
Great work! How did you do the two gripping hands in the middle?
JL BONHOMME: Very surprised to see the two runner up with the same picture, at the same place with two different names ?
Try Googling images of Maroon Bells and you'll be amazed the whole challenge wasn't full of that view!
Great photo. This was my favourite.