Night shots – Orpington circa 1990

July 19, 2016

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Low light and night photography using available light is often the only way to continue taking photo on a winter day when the daylight hours are far too short. Regular colour slide film can struggle to cope with long exposure photography resulting in particularly high levels of grain, problems with hot spots of light (from platform lighting), colour balance and various other aberrations. This pair of shots taken at Orpington on a wet winter night are not too bad – at least they are reasonably sharp. Photoshop helped with colour balance and other plugins assisted with excessive grain. The picture is of ‘2EPB’ and ‘4EPB’ suburban units berthed between runs at the end of the evening peak.

Oh for a decent DSLR in those days. I was young, could not afford a top notch camera and slide film was eked out as that too was expensive, even though it was pretty poor in performance. You did your best at the time!

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A Southern Flavour…

May 28, 2009

Anyone who knows me (many I have never met in my life claim they do!) will know that my UK-outline interests are distinctly Southern in flavour. Eastleigh 100 was not to be missed, even though the event of last weekend was over 600 miles away from my Highlands home.

It became a grand tour, starting at Grangemouth, taking in Carlisle, Oxford (side trip to Howes Models) Didcot and finally Lymington on the way down, a journey taken over two days. The Eastleigh event itself was followed by a general photting trip which ended up at Tonbridge at dusk on Sunday evening. Home again the next day.

Both my travelling companion and I met many really good people; the visitors to the works open day were generally courteous and tried hard not to spoil others’ shots;  station staff on the whole were friendly and understanding and the night photography was an experience new to me.

Here’s a handful of pictures taken during that very enjoyable and sunny weekend.

Grangemouth:
Not so Southern to start…however this intermodal had no traditional boxes on board, only tanks of various kinds.

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The Lymington Branch with its 3-Cig units.
Word is that units No.s 1497 and 1498 will be withdrawn from the line later in 2009. Here’s 1498 in Southern green – and a Wight ferry.
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Eastleigh Works 100:
A fantastic event given that Eastleigh was a closed-and-to-be-demolished works in 2007. Now it’s an operational railway workshop once again.

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Faversham and Tonbridge Yard at dusk:

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