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Saddle Tank
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Copyright: John Winder (RhythmThief) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 5 N: 215] (1739)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-10
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Nikon D200., SIGMA 15-30mm F3,5-4,5 DG Aspherical EX
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 11:07
Viewed: 1491
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,
this was taken earlier today at the Big Pit coal mining museum in Blaenavon, South Wales. Here's a link to the Wikipedia page detailing the history of mining in Wales ... I've only got time to say that a lot of coal was dug up here and it was pretty central to the economy of South Wales. The Big Pit mine closed in 1980, but is now open as a visitor attraction staffed by ex - miners who take you down the mine in the cage and give you a guided tour. (You're not allowed to take cameras down with you because of the risk of explosions.)
Anyway. This little industrial locomotive was parked outside the museum on a length of track. It's not in running order, but was making all the right noises thanks to a concealed speaker playing steam engine sounds. I photographed it by poking my wide angle lens through a gap in the fence.
Contrast increased to +20.
Brightness decreased to -5.
Cheers, John.

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  • strobe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 64] (1778)
  • [2008-02-10 11:39]

Well captured, like the bright colours and composition

Hi John,

I am not sure about this one, the sky is certianly one factor that I do not like it is very washed out and a horrid pale blue/white colour, which is a shame since it is (as far as I can see) the most dominating part of the photo.

I do like the low POV (even though you get more sky like that) it adds a good angle to look at the train from, but to honest it's not a particularly interesting train. I am not sure what the thing on top of the train (or is it on the building) to the left of the funnel is but I find it a bit distarcting.

I think most of the bad stuff on this pic could have been got rid of by shooting from the other side, moving to the right as we are looking at it (I have just re read your note and appreciate that may not have been possible) by doing this you would have got rid of the building which takes away from the train somewhat, also I think you would have got rid of the funnel/building thing I mentioned earlier and the other train would have been removed which I also think is distracting, it should either all be in or none of it! One more thing your circular polarizer would have helped that terrible sky (or an ND grad)

I know that as your yonuger bro you will forgive me if this seems a little harsh, it is just I know you can do alot better than this.


the colours as so retro..not sure how far back but definitely retro...Tres cool..

Hi John,
Beautiful locomotive,nice colors.
Best regards,


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