#238 – Crane Tank at Foxfield Colliery – Part 2

Much as I enjoy photo charters, they’re something of a double edged sword from a creative perspective – on the one hand you get multiple runpasts, in the best locations, in the best light if it’s available. On the other hand, you tend to move from location to location with the rest of the group, often to what are rightly regarded as being the best spots, but are limited once you are there to where you can go as you could end up being in everyone elses shots. That’s not a criticism, it’s me wanting to go and experiment with something when I’ve got a great opportunity being handed to me on a plate. I don’t know, sometimes I seem to enjoy making life difficult for myself, but sometimes the path less travelled can bring riches. So as well as the gallery shots, I tried to take a few more of things that I saw. Not many of them worked out, it has to be said, and they all could do with some work in Photoshop.

Ha – I timed this slightly wrong and it now looks like an out of focus crane tank is about to lift the chaps cap off his head. Oops.

More contrast needed? or maybe the rails weren’t wet enough for what I had in my minds eye? This is a more or less straight conversion with one or two adjustments in Lightroom, and it shows just how much effort is needed with black and white to get a decent image. Straight conversions rarely make the grade.

What did I have in mind here? Not sure. It was the answer to my usual ‘I wonder what it would look like if I tried this?’ question.

This had potential, but I took it a bit too late. That bloody wind didn’t help either.

This one I like, just needs some local adjustment in Photoshop to lighten the train a bit.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin Creese says:

    In an odd way the location needs either ideal conditions or lots of mist . At least the great thing about Digital is the ability to experiment with something different and the ability to improve it’s look afterwards . Great Blog as always . All the best . Martin .


    1. andy says:

      Martin, many thanks. Agreed, the weather can be such an important factor, flat grey skies are no use to anyone interested in a pictorial approach, and wind is the bain of the steam railway photographers life!
      I just need some time to do some post processing – unless I’ve pre-visualised an image (which is rare) I tend to get better results a week or two after the event.


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