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.