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Waiting for the Off......

Waiting for the Off......
Photo Information
Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, Jessops 58mm Skylight 1A
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 7:41
Viewed: 1986
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture taken at Bo'ness station, the site of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

Here, Caledonian Railways 419 is steamed-up and ready to go and the driver and fireman are taking a rest, just waiting for the guard's whistle before setting off up the line to Kinneil.

As a passenger or enthusiast, it's very well worth the 5 for the return journey - wonderfully nostalgic!

You can see another picture of this engine and read more about it here.

After advice from Michael Goodacre (mickyg), I converted and edited this one slightly differently. I converted it from RAW in Canon's Digital Photo Professional to a TIFF File (8 bit with exif), edited it in Photoshop Elements 6 and then saved it as a JPEG. Not sure if I can really tell the difference but any further advice/comments/critiques would be welcome!

RSK, jean11-3, graffer, mickyg, lynnekelman, glint has marked this note useful
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To glint: Thank you, Bev!tyro 4 03-13 09:54
To Royaldevon: The fat controller?tyro 1 03-12 04:01
To lynnekelman: Thank you, Lynne!tyro 1 03-11 02:53
To mickyg: Thank you, Michael!tyro 1 03-11 02:50
To jean11-3: Thank you, Jean!tyro 1 03-11 02:45
To graffer: Thank you, Peter!tyro 1 03-11 02:43
To x-ray: Thank you, Kenny!tyro 1 03-11 02:36
To ls_photography: Thank you, Leane!tyro 1 03-10 10:42
To rminkow: Thank you, Roger!tyro 1 03-10 10:38
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Hi John. Very nicely composed shot. Excellent sharpness and color saturation.


Nice colors and POV. I think this could use just a shot of contrast, but other than that it has great details.
Thanks for sharing an interesting scene.


Hello John,

This is excellent! A very well chosen point of view - the fact that one of the men is looking away from the camera, means that the eye is led towards the brightly sunlit carriage. The yellow lettering against the black front of the carriage punctuates the image nicely. The white lined platform edge acts as a strong diagonal.

Sharp and clear throughout, and an excellent frame.

As to the use of TIFF - I did try it when converting RAW images, but it seemed to produce huge image files, and slowed down my PSE dramatically.

I am sure one could see good quality if one was trying to make huge prints, but I have my doubts whether the 800pixel 200kb TE/TL image would show any difference.



Hello John, an excellent shot, the sharpness is wonderful.Your composition works well with the diagonal line, and as Peter says, because one man is looking along the train,our eyes are lead further into the picture.
Tfs, regards Jean.

This is technically one of your best posts John, the clarity is amazing , almost 3D ..
Exposure is spot on and composition is great too .. as graffer correctly says .tiff does produce a large file but it is not destructive so you can alter and save many times unlike .jpg. When you are happy with the finished product then change to .jpg .. you can always delete the .tiff file if you wish as you still have the original Raw negative. Personally I save the Raw original and the .tiff .. storage is cheap today .. on a external H/D and DVD.


Hey thank you for sharing this one,I love all those old British railways that are being run by volunteers and the like----myckyg gave you good advice,as he is want to do---this is really a sharp, crisp image--well done---Lynne

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  • x-ray Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor [C: 38 W: 69 N: 3] (163)
  • [2008-03-10 16:13]
  • [+]

Hi John
Very good shot just a pity one of the railwaymen is looking away from you, good colour saturation sharpness.
Keep up the good work


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-03-11 0:02]
  • [+]

hello John,
top class. Everythinh sharp, shiny and bright...as if everything has been buffed just for you toturn up with your camera. I like the POV and the way on eman engages with your lens and the other looks back along the line line of the train.

Hello John,

Great pov and lovely composition, the converging lines of the platform and the train are well seen!
Sharp exposure and excellent details ... but, hey, isn't life a drag! Wonderful expression!

I really will have to search out my shot of the fat controller!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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