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Pulling Three Carriages
Pulling Three Carriages

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Benningbroek, The Netherlands
Date: May 30, 2004
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/240s
Galleries: Travel, Action
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2004

One of the old steam engines from the "Museum Stoomtram". The main station and storage is located in Hoorn. You can make trips to Medemblik with it in the spring/summer. They have several trains, all restored and maintained by volunteers. This one of the stronger locomotives. The strongest is the blue 'Leeghwater', but the most beautiful is 'Bello'.

I took this shot this Sunday while walking with the dogs. It rained pretty hard and this is shot from underneath my umbrella. That it has three carriages was just luck.
It is shot with the 210mm tele position, in ISO400 (low light, long zoom, moving subject), handheld. Unfortunately I couldn't get a more sideways view because that would need me to stand in a kind of creek. Most of the scenery behind me is industrial. :(

Photoshop work:
1) FM chroma noise reduction
2) Straightened the horizon
3) Cropped the four triangular edges off
4) Cloned out small blue sign at the left, not a major element, perhaps 10x10 pixels in this view.
5) Dodging & Burning on the faces and the smoke
6) Selected the shadows, new layer, screen mode, very low opacity, flattened
7) Resample to 640 wide
8) USM 170% .3 1trh on lightness channel in lab mode
9) RGB, Save for the web

Didn't mess with the colors, I had set a cloudy wb before shooting.

Software : Digital Camera FinePix S602 ZOOM Ver1.00
ExposureTime : 1/240Sec
FNumber : F5,6
ExposureProgram : Aperture Priority
ISOSpeedRatings : 400
DateTimeOriginal : 2004:05:30 17:14:20
DateTimeDigitized : 2004:05:30 17:14:20
BrightnessValue : EV5,9
ExposureBiasValue : EV0,0
MeteringMode : Division
FocalLength : 46,80(mm)
Sharpness : Soft
SubjectDistanceRange : Distant view
Quality mode : FINE
Sharpness : SOFT
White Balance : Shade
Focus mode : Auto Focus
Blurring warning : No
Focus status : Nice
Exposure status : Nice

Place: 117 out of 205
Avg (all users): 5.3575
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.1949
Avg (non-participants): 5.6133
Views since voting: 972
Votes: 193
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/08/2004 10:38:54 PM
I gave it an 7, then after looking at it more, I gave it an 8. The guys head sticking out the window, the steam, and the sheep made it for me. The only thing I might have done is chop it a bit tighter on the right. Nice shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2004 04:17:42 PM
Very nice! I like the softness in the background!
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06/04/2004 06:53:15 AM
If only the train was No. 3 as well :) The shot is good but I think some curves adjustments to brighten up the sky a bit would look good. Also maybe a less-centered composition would be more effective.
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06/03/2004 11:30:01 PM
the 3 is not really the main subject of your shot... I'd say attention goes to the engines face...
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06/03/2004 05:14:14 AM
I like this very much nicely done and great detail
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06/02/2004 10:55:30 PM
The sharp angle conveys an impression of 1 train rather than 3 cars. Nice shot, though- it's a shame it was such a dreary day. Puffy white clouds on a deep blue sky would have really popped the color of the train. Just change the weather next time- OK? ;-)
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06/02/2004 03:35:08 PM
I really like your antique-rustic tones here, and the point of view is subtle and effective.
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06/01/2004 09:46:39 PM
Great train shot. The depth of field works nicely. Might suggest boosting the contrast and red channels slightly to give the shot more impact.
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05/31/2004 12:51:38 PM
good job, 8
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05/31/2004 12:24:55 PM
I think this might have been a bit better taken more from the side. Still I think it is a good photo.
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