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Night Shoot


The East Lancashire Railway Winter Steam Gala is running this weekend and on the Friday evening there was a night shoot at Buckley Wells works. I was last there some four years ago and since then they have installed some enormous sodium light standards with the result that it was near impossible to get the white balance correct, so providing an orange cast on the images. Lightroom adjustments helped in reducing the cast but the only way to get rid of it completely was to go to monochrome.

Here the Duke of Gloucester, 71000, stands next to the "Pocket Rocket" 76079 with Princess Elisabeth just visable at the end.

Night Shoot


The East Lancashire Railway Winter Steam Gala is running this weekend and on the Friday evening there was a night shoot at Buckley Wells works. I was last there some four years ago and since then they have installed some enormous sodium light standards with the result that it was near impossible to get the white balance correct, so providing an orange cast on the images. Lightroom adjustments helped in reducing the cast but the only way to get rid of it completely was to go to monochrome.

Here the Duke of Gloucester, 71000, stands next to the "Pocket Rocket" 76079 with Princess Elisabeth just visable at the end.

comments (9)

  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 26 Jan 2008, 08:47
wonderful photo Les, great detail to say how dark it must have been well donesmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, it was fine but dark.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 26 Jan 2008, 08:49
The mono conversion is perfect for this shot, Les! They look like toy models.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I suppose some would say that they are big boys toys, running on a real model railway.
Great mono shot Les. Ready, set, go! I like the crop
Les Auld: Just called out for a letterbox format Richard, thanks for the comment.
I'm off to dig out my Ian Allen books again,shed numbers was my thing. Did you try Image>adjustments>color match then check the neutralize box bottom left...you've also got fade, intensity and luminance in there and not forgetting a waft of history brush. I use it to balance flash/daylight shots!!
Les Auld: Thanks for the tip Dave, I have not noticed that adjustment in CS3 so I will give it a try and post the result tomorrow.
As a railways fan I like this one Les, I live near the GCR at Loughborough. Whatever your problems it is better in Mono and achieves that "timeless" feeling. Well done.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, I must admit to liking the GCR, there are some great photo locations there, especially down by the shed. Steam does call out for monochrome doesn't it.
Love it Les. Like Max Black I've got the Ian Allen book out!
Les Auld: Unfortunately Bill mine went west many years ago, all I now have is a reprint of the 1964 LMS book. Thanks for the comment.
Ah! ... the 50's school boy's dream.
Yes tricky light but why not leave it with light distortion ... Just a thought. richard
Les Auld: Too harsh a representation Richard, thanks for the comment.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 26 Jan 2008, 22:38
Beautiful details ...
Les Auld: Great engines Ann, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jan 2008, 02:10
I love this shot, the mono suits the picture perfectly
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, the original colour was a bit rough but it does look better in B&W.

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