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Driver 45428
Photo Information
Copyright: Dai Gunter (Dai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 192 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-10
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 DC Sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 10:58
Viewed: 1590
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Between Pickering & Whitby runs a steam loco which pulls several old carriages. The run takes enthusiasts and tourists across the Yorkshire Moors from Pickering, stopping off at several popular tourist points of interest, finally pulling into Whitby Station.
The carriages featured in several of the Harry Potter movies (so I was told by one of the guards on the train), something I cannot argue with as I've not really paid much interest in the movies.
And so to the image...
Taken at Whitby Station just prior to boarding the train, saw a great opportunity to snap away at the train driver.
Post processing includes:
Cropping, 3 x RAW conversions (one stop separation) and pulled together in Photomatix for the HDR effect. Some levels adjustment and minor sharpenning to finish.

Thanks for looking.

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Hey Dai,

Hows it going. The lighting in this is good and the positioning of the driver gives the shot a nice balance. The colours are good and that probably comes from your PP conversion. I wonder what the shot would look like with a B&W conversion. By the way, if you got on train and got off at Grosmont (prob wrong spelling) you'd have seen where they filmed Heartbeat !!!

Nice work


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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2011-11-18 12:13]

Hello Dai,

Interesting and impressive capture, enhanced greatly by your HDR post processing technique. Just enough HDR to pull the shadows out a bit and adding a bit of detail, in my opinion. Nicely done! I like the composition, too - just enough train to show that this shot is about the engineer. If I ever get back to Great Britain I will have to remember this train so I can take a trip of my own.

Have a great weekend!


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 774 W: 26 N: 808] (9424)
  • [2011-11-18 12:27]

Hi Dai,
Great capture of the driver and his locomotive, HDR treatment has worked well

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-11-18 13:37]

Hello Dai,
The engineer of a steam locomotive looks like enjoying his work. An interesting PoV has been chosen. Neat and clean engine is adding charm. Such a fabulous portrait, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best Wishes,

Its a pity that photos do not convey the smell of steam trains as well as the visual stimulation. Probably not eco friendly but for someone as old as myself I can still remember the steam train era with a sense of nostalgia and the smell. Very nice shot with good composition and colour.

Hello Dai
I think this really suits the tight crop. The shot is nicely 'weighted' by the position of the driver, and the loco's boiler is also well compressed by the focal lenght, but still gives a nice lead in. Good pp too. A super location, I must get up there again, I last went in 1984!
Regards, Les

Hi Dai..nice shot...I like the way you composed it with the conductor placed nicely in the vertical format...well done.


What a powerful shot with amazing details, Dai!

The colors are just amazing and contrasts are wel kept within the scene.
Person with blue clothing and his way of posing for this shot also adds to the appeal of the picture. Well caught mood and action!

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Very nice capture of this train engineer in his cab. I tried to get the engineer to pose for me in my train photo but he refused. Sharp details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Thank British for 200 years ago, they invented the train for us.

Hi Dai,
Superb capture, included the HDR add.

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