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Railway of Restoration

Railway of Restoration
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Copyright: Scott Thomas (Sharpshooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 73 N: 1658] (7016)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-09
Categories: Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), - Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, 58mm Marumi UV, 58mm Hoya Polarizing Filter
Exposure: f/22
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-18 1:02
Viewed: 2706
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot about a week ago in Parnell, Auckland. I had gone there a few days prior to taking this, but wasn’t completely happy with the shots I took as the sun was in the wrong place, so decided to go back.

These tracks belong to Mainline Steam (seen to the left), and are used to transport old steam trains up and down New Zealand. The company specialize in the restoration of old steam trains and run regular day excursions and multi-day tours throughout New Zealand.

I chose to add a slight B&W effect to the sky to achieve the mood I was after for this scene. You can just spot one of the old trains sitting down the end of the tracks in the distance. Looks like it hadn’t been moved for quite some time, and was covered in graffiti.

To get this low POV, I put my tripod on its lowest setting and kneeled down on the rocks. I had a quick look inside the building while I was there (for a small fee), and they had about 12 or so old trains that were currently being restored. Was a nightmare to take photos inside though as the lighting was very poor.

EXIF Data:
Image Quality: 3x RAW converted to HDR
Device: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: F/22
Shutter Speeds: 1/10s, 1/30s, 0.3s
Exposure Mode: Manual Control
Metering: Multi-segment
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Date Taken: 9th August 2009, 10:50am

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-18 1:04]

Hi Scott

Good use of diminishing linear perspective with the railroad track. For a moment, I thought this was Shantytown near Greymouth. Superb colour & sharpness, & I like the low shooting angle. Tfs!

Hi Scott,

Wow, what a great mood this picture has! Simply gorgeous! The colors are their best. The clouds bring immense mood into the capture with this railway track bringing you to the feelings of imagination with 'infinite' limits.
Great original work!

Thanks for posting.

Paras Bhalla

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-08-18 1:05]

Hello Scott
Excellent composition, loved the light and shadows. Very nice tonal mapping u've done here!
I particulalrly like the tones of this railway track!
The placement of the Mainline Steam was a good idea!

Nice work mate!


Salut Scott
Superbe réussite au le HDR donne un belle effet dans les détails des couleurs.
Un angle de prise de vue parfait qui accentue l’effet dramatique de l’image.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-18 1:08]

Hi Scott,
A frightening sense of a storm is approaching in this marvelous HDR treated presentation!
A good POV leaving the railway leading us into this deep perspective.
Nice dark colors adorned with good subdued lighting.
Good work, neatly presented!

Francis Xavier

Scot this is amazing work the details are excellent love the pov if you listenclose enough you could here the trains coming this is definitley one of your best tfs
regards bryan

Hello Scott! Excellent low POV, good capture. Very original colours. Fantastic effect. Superb shot. Well done!

Bonjour Scott

Belle ambiance mystérieuse très accentué par le ciel donc bon choix pour le filtre.
Il plane une sensation d'abandon, de fin de route...
Bien vu et joli travail

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-08-18 3:05]

Hi Scott...
Beautiful work...
Nice composition and colors...

Hi Scott
grate shot
the sky is terrific
beautiful light and shadows
grate perspective and moody scene
Have a nice day!


Hi Scott
A great idea looking through a railway...
Very nice details and colors, excellent DOF usinf f/22
The HDR technique is well managed in this shot, BRAVO
Best wishes

hi scott
great image excellent subdued colours good detail and what can I say about the sky.

hi Scott ... amazing composition with great colors and details ... i love the depth dimension in your shots..great work ... regards Harout.

Hi, Scott -
Good eye to see and capture this scene. I like your choice to take this shot from dead center between the tracks, down very low. Great colors, especially the rust on the rails. Very sharp. Nice work.

Great picture
superb composition
beautiful job

Hi Scott,

I like the low pov and although the tracks are very central they pull the eye nicely into the main shot. The only problem I have with this shot is the box at the right with all the graffiti. Good colours and sharp details well done.


hi Scott,

How are you?
This is a beautiful view of the railway track. stunning pov with great sharpness and details. wonderful colors with a great composition. loved the placement of the mainline stream over here. good work and thanks for sharing.


Hello Scott
I'm allways going to pick out a railway line from a thumbnail! The low pov works well, and the placement of the railway shed gives a good sense of scale to this. It's a shame about the graffiti - seems very 'un NZ'. The sky looks a little too dark for me, but I like the rest of the colours, especially the red of the rails.
Cheers , Les

Hi Scott,
Very impressive photo vith good light colours and excellent HDR.TFS.


Hi Scott,
Beautiful and nice perpective of the railroad tracks,
I like the graffiti on left and clouds,
well presented and composed.
Fantastic colors too.. bravo..

Hi Scott,

The low POV on this is great. The rusty old rails are well presented and I like the mood you've created with the sky. It's a real shame that there is so much graffiti on the buildings. TFS

Best Regards,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-08-18 11:10]
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Hi Scott,
another great HDR,a young lad like you, would have no trouble with this POV,I on the other hand would have trouble getting back up:) Kidding aside, its a great angle,really gives impact to the composition. Love all thos details & that old line leading us into the scene. Unfortunately due to this sizing for TL ,it's a bit hard to make out the old train at the end of the line,but no way does that take anything away from this well composed image.


Hello Scott.
I like this photo all the rail way. Nice composition and colors. TFS
Best regards Siegfried

Scottie, I think I've voiced my opinion to you on HDR, but I must say you are getting very good at this, and I quite like this one. The colors are very rich, and it seems that you had good lighting that day. I like the sun on the building and on the rails as well. The inclusion of the little graffitied building was a good idea (looks like a little outhouse :), and I really like your low POV.
Great job mate

Ciao Scott. An excellent HDR with extremely dramatic sky. Very good perspective and excting light. Perfect details.


This is awesome! Gritty, really nice sharpness and pp work on this Scott! I like the lead in railway, which leads you in, but then you are diverted off to the left third and then the right third! Really cool!

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2009-08-18 14:30]
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Hi Scott
What a great shot. The RAW conversion (into HDR?) works really well to bring out the detail and colouration. So much to look at.
Great stuff.

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2009-08-18 15:24]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture. I love the low POV and the way you composed this shot. The tracks look amazing with the HDR effect. Very nice work.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2009-08-18 16:26]

Hi Scott,
great low PoV and the F22 has given excellent DoF
good work

Ah, now this is the old Parnell Rail Yards, right? I've been meaning to explore here for years - particularly to see if there are any opportunities for a model shoot.

The processing of the sky is very effective. Good low POV and textbook lead-in of the tracks from each bottom corner.


Hi Scott,
I like much this subject! It evokes always some old lessons about trains and travellings.
Your low POV is excellent making a great perspective and the HDR treatment gives rich colors revealing also fine textures on the rusty rails.
After having read your note, I thought that a total conversion in B&W could be interesting. I didn't resist.
Bravo! Annie

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-08-18 19:42]

hi Scott,
this abandoned feeling is very interesting to my eyes.
ending of rusty rails, closed white shutters of old wooden house, lonely shack with graffiti, and anxious sky... all are well composed to make the atmosphere of abandoned space.
even the light itself looks sorrow.
thank you,

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  • djw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 63] (987)
  • [2009-08-18 20:07]

Hi Scott, I'm not sure I understand everything you did with this, but I like it. Well balanced, even with the track in the center of the shot. Thanks, Dave

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-18 21:57]

Fantastic!! This is one of my favorites of yours, I love the old railway station, and the little building with the artwork :) Nice pov and excellent pp work. Really great! TFS

hi scott
very beauiful hdr shot. i like your style for sky color mood. excellent down angle pov.
welldone bravo.

Magnificent shot!
Perfect sharpness. Lovely colours and light.
Excellent presentation and interesting note.

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-08-19 1:17]

hi dear Scott,
this is a fabulous shot indeed, its amazing how the colors and details stand out so sharply... so vividly, and the tracks, the low POV that lead the eye straight to the end, I think adding a bit of B/W to the clouds was a great idea, it definitely created a certain mood to the whole shot.. total success all together..

have a nice day :)

Hello Scott,
Selahattin E
Stunning HDR work again. I loved clarity of railway and perspective
Selahattin E

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-19 3:23]


Grandiose perspective sur cette voie de chemin de fer, quel cadrage avec la cabane à droite, le beua bâtiment en fond, tout est net, parfaitement cadré, la classe.

Merci et amitié


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2009-08-19 16:47]

Great comp and POV
The PP work real well with this shot

The low point of view works well as does the rails leading directly away from the lens.
Pity about the graffiti on the signalmans hut.

HI Scott,

Awesome effect you have created with these clouds. Dramatic and moody. The low POV works well, I too like doing this when I have the presence (and nerve) to do so. :-)

GReat composition. Well done Scott and TFS.


Hello Scott,

Your pov is excellent taking the absolute maximum advantage of the tracks, to lead into the shot. There is so much to like about this, from wonderful, sharp focus to excellent, interesting details.
The composition and the lighting contribute towards a fine shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Another great shot by Scott ...

Loving the drama in the sky - the colours in the foreground are so well balanced and perfectly exposed and adds that natural feel to the shot.

You have an excellent eye to use the most eye catching POV. Nice sharp pic and great focus - a job very well done Mr Thomas

really really nice low POV Scott, excellent framing and composition. good work with the kit lens too. lots of details!


i a n

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-08-20 7:42]

verynice shot and focus..A superb colors and detail..bravo..selamlar

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2009-08-20 9:01]

HI Scott, this is really a breathtaking picture. Congratulation.
Regards Rose

Olá Scott

Belíssima fotografia.
A luz está excelente e a composição
muito bonita. As cores, e a nitidez
maravilhosas...ótima perspectiva.
Grande abraço,

Hello Scott,
Magnificent details and DOF of each and every object!
Beautiful colors, marvellous texture and perspective.

another shot of yours that i find interesting.. act. they are so many good one here make it difficult for me to choose.. :) but i always like shot like this.. but it depends how they presented it.. and this in HDR is simply stunning.. you made it look dramatic.. excellent job..

regards, terry

I have nothing but good things to say about your photos. They are brilliant. I LOVE the light in this and the view down the tracks. (I love railroad tracks). Incredible clarity and sharpness, marvelous detail, wonderful color and I like what you did with the sky. There is a fine moodiness to the whole scene, too. It's simply wonderful. Many thanks and warm regards,

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-09-11 6:49]

Hi scott,

Excellent leading lines here, easily draws you to the whole perspective.
Perfect sense of symmetry in your composition. The textutres and details
of the railway is just beautiful. Very well managed HDR Scott...


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-10-25 18:16]

Hi Scott...

Beautiful capture and a beautiful view of "Railway of Restoration"...
I like your post, light and nice colors.
Congratulations my friend...

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