Summer Steam in Ireland (Monochrome)

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    Normally the RPSI (Railway Preservation Society of Ireland) run their steam trains forwards to Maynooth, and then backwards from Maynooth home to Dublin. For the Midland Shuttle run on the 29th of July this year, they made an exception, and No.461 ran backwards from Dublin to Maynooth, and forwards from Maynooth back to Dublin. This was very exciting since it presented some rare photo opportunities, but, unfortunately, the weather didn't play ball. It rained until literally seconds before the train came into view, and the foreground was in shadow with a bright sky over-head.

    I spent quite a bit of time getting a descent colour version of this shot, despite the unfortunate light, but I wasn't completely happy with it, so I tried a completely different approach. It's a lot less realistic than the colour version obviously, but I have to say I prefer this very bold and contrasty monochrome rendering.

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    As well as shooting stills I also shot video, which I posted you YouTube.

    Johnnyghia, re-amped, Steve75C, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. MarsW 58 months ago | reply

      Also great in Mono Bart....great tone and shapes.

    2. Johnnyghia 58 months ago | reply

      Great shot Bart. Treatment is great too.

    3. Mark Pouley 58 months ago | reply

      The mono treatment is wonderful, but I'm really liking the repeating lines in this.

    4. DWH284 58 months ago | reply

      Very nice mono conversion, Bart.

    5. Garter Blue 58 months ago | reply

      Aaargh, no, no! It's arguable if there was ever a shot here at all and in colour there is a summery feel to it but the composition itself I don't think is strong enough for a b&w image and over-processing it does no favours. I'd really prefer that you kind of mislaid this one, Bart! :)

    6. coulportste 58 months ago | reply

      excellent landscape

    7. finnyus 58 months ago | reply

      Love this shot Bart !

    8. arijit-saha [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      I felt the color version looks better as some of the details are getting lost in the monochrome. But after looking at the larger size I started liking this one too.

    9. Deb Snelson 58 months ago | reply

      At first I thought I preferred the colour version, but then I noticed the sky in this, and then my eye started exploring..... I really love this! Fave!

    10. Mick Bourke. 58 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image Bart.

    11. conall.. 58 months ago | reply

      this is wonderful bart!

    12. Dave Roberts3 58 months ago | reply

      It looks excellent in b&w Bart, the clouds are graet.


    13. Jawad Q 58 months ago | reply

      I'd say it was hyper realistic! - I love the way B&W can alter the whole look and feel of a shot...often in highly unexpected ways. Very artistic!

    14. Mick @ MBE 58 months ago | reply

      I have to say I think the mono is great, I got some shots of like this earlier in the year which I did in sepia which I reckon look better that in full colour. Mick

    15. beejay1946 55 months ago | reply

      Steam and B + W will always work for me, always gives a feel of days when steam ruled. Nice one.

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