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Challenge: Trains & Railroads II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Holme, Cambridgeshire, UK
Date: Apr 13, 2009
Aperture: F/18.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30 secs
Galleries: Transportation
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2009

Apologies for the lack of creativity in this. This is the 3rd time I've done a shot like this for a challenge. These are my previous two:

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I actually think this is technically the best of the lot.

I was only doing pretty much exactly the same thing again as I thought it'd count for the DPC-O. But it won't :-( Still, I've shot it now so in it goes.

Used an aperture setting of F18 so I could slow the shutter speed right down to get the creamy smooth motion blur behind. The trouble with doing that is you have to have good panning skills, as you have to track the train that bit longer. I'm not saying I do have such skills, but I took around 150 shots and this is the best.

Editing in no particular order:
Lightroom adjustments: crop, rotate, contrast, clarity, exposure, WB, curves, vibrance, NR, sharpening, overall saturation, then twiddled with the saturation sliders for yellow, green, blue and aqua. Then export from lightroom as a TIF file with 640 pixel size. Then I opened up the TIF in PSP and saved it as a JPEG on the maximum quality permitted to get within the file size limit.

Place: 6 out of 168
Avg (all users): 6.3488
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.4030
Avg (non-participants): 6.3243
Views since voting: 2202
Views during voting: 364
Votes: 215
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/25/2009 10:48:29 AM
This is great looking. IMO, it deserved a ribbon.
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04/22/2009 09:00:37 AM
This deserved a ribbon...it has action, movement, and great lines and colour...
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04/22/2009 08:37:48 AM
I knew this had to be yours as soon as I saw it, congrats on your top 10, it is truly a great opportunity that I hope you will exploit often, each one has its own unique appeal.
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04/22/2009 06:49:25 AM
Congrats on top 10. You are now the king of panning train shots -- very well done.
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04/22/2009 12:57:02 AM
Great panning skills for sure! Congrats on a top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2009 08:10:18 PM
Great photo 8
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04/20/2009 02:02:16 PM
Nicely done.
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04/20/2009 01:52:23 PM
Nice shot
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04/19/2009 08:08:49 PM
There are times to comment and times to vote. This is one of them. Well done.
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04/18/2009 05:25:49 PM
Nicely done!
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04/18/2009 06:50:27 AM
Very nice. The color bands set off the silver and white, and the detail is sharp and clear. Defines "speedy". Good work.
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04/17/2009 01:13:33 PM
Excellent photo! Very sharp and vivid, excellent work of panning.. The yellow fields adds contrast to this photo.
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04/17/2009 12:51:47 PM
Great execution here to keep the train in focus, it must have been jetting pretty quickly.
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04/17/2009 10:43:37 AM
very nice image...well done
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04/16/2009 04:39:08 PM
excellent panning! i think i'll see this one pretty close to top, i wonder what speed you used... and i can't believe that yours is the only one with panning used. when i saw this one i thought: of course, it's b***y obvious that this is THE way to tell that trains drive. and this one looks fast.
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04/16/2009 09:12:03 AM
I love that yellow and you did a really good job of keeping the train in focus while the background blurred, please write up how you did this because I would love to read it in your comments afterward.
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04/16/2009 06:54:58 AM
My favourite of the challenge - the panning is superb, and your choice of location, with the bright rape field in the foreground,is spot on. A very impressive image.
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04/15/2009 03:34:01 PM
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04/15/2009 09:00:33 AM
Nice composition and sharp. Great job.
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