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Giants of Steam


71000, Dukeof Gloucester, in British Rail Brunswick Green, 4771, Green Arrow in LNER Apple Green and 6201, Princess Elisabeth, in LMS Crimson, line up for the camera at the buckley Wells night shoot.

This image had the orange glow of the lights taken out in Lightroom by reducing the colour temperature to 2200 and then processing in Photoshop, Shadow/Highlight, levels, curves and some dodging and burning, to get it how I felt it should look. I think the coulurs seem to be quite accurate on my monitor so I am reasonably happy with it.

Giants of Steam


71000, Dukeof Gloucester, in British Rail Brunswick Green, 4771, Green Arrow in LNER Apple Green and 6201, Princess Elisabeth, in LMS Crimson, line up for the camera at the buckley Wells night shoot.

This image had the orange glow of the lights taken out in Lightroom by reducing the colour temperature to 2200 and then processing in Photoshop, Shadow/Highlight, levels, curves and some dodging and burning, to get it how I felt it should look. I think the coulurs seem to be quite accurate on my monitor so I am reasonably happy with it.

comments (14)

  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 29 Jan 2008, 05:24
Beautiful one !!! I love the colours and the light on it ... Nice job !!!
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, Green Arrow really does look resplendent in it's coat of Apple Green.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 29 Jan 2008, 08:38
Good to have you posting some steam trains again Les. I'm enjoying the series. It seems like you've had some serious PP to do but the results are worth it. I love the strong colours against the dark sky.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, glad you like this series, coming to an end soon though, have to wait then for the next Steam Gala somewhere.
Just to be obnoxiously picky: the green looks pretty good on the A3, the red looks a bit brown on the LMS and the green looks ok on the Brittania. I'm just bloody showing off the fact that I watched steam trains about 50 or so years ago. I hadn't discovered girls at that time smile.richard
Les Auld: No problems Richard, Elisabeth was just to far out of the light to get her true crimson colour. It was about 50 years ago I became interested, still hasn't gone away yet.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 29 Jan 2008, 10:54
I have a mac book pro with a 17" inch hi-gloss screen which is supposed to be ideal for digital photography. I'm happy to report they look superb on this mans notebook...excellent shot and processing. Well done.
Les Auld: Thanks Dave, my monitor is a Dell flat screen, recommended in Digital Photo magazine and the pictures do look fine on that. The laptop has a high gloss screen and they look good but a bit dark. One day I'll try calibration of them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jan 2008, 12:42
Excellent processing and composition.

One question - with the green and red pulling in different directions there is bound to be a muck-up?
Les Auld: No problems Louis, the little man in the gap between them has it all sorted. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2008, 15:07
I love it!

I don't know if you've done something to the sky, but it fits so perfectly.
Les Auld: I did burn it in a touch Ellie, glad you like it.
Excellent composition. The colours are great
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
I am just loving these pictures Les
Les Auld: Glad you are Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Blackdog
  • On the dreaded dial up again!
  • 29 Jan 2008, 22:31
The light on these are surreal Les - it works a treat The black on the "Duke" is perfect. ;o)
Les Auld: All down to the magic of Photoshop Mike, thanks for the comment.
Absolutely gorgeous Les- sharp detail, crisp colour, great contrast and loads of nostalgia!
Les Auld: Thanks David, can't beat a bit of nostalgia.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 29 Jan 2008, 22:58
This is one super picture Les and your photoshop work is great too.smile love the sky and the vibrant Green Engine.
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, have to agree with you about Green Arrow, a great looking engine.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2008, 09:48
This one is my favorite thus far, Les! I love everything about it!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I must admit to being quite pleased with it.
  • mick
  • 31 Jan 2008, 13:52
spot on les ,one for the wall.
Les Auld: Thanks Mick, not much space left on the wall I'm afraid.
Another one, what can I say Les, just love it.
Les Auld: Glad you do Brian, thanks for the comment.

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