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Mu-43 Top Veteran
Jan 14, 2010
Tura Beach, Australia
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No running shoes here - these are some shots from a very brief visit to the Lithgow Zig Zag Railway on Sunday afternoon (about 160 km west of Sydney).

While I am quite happy with the close ups, I am less so with the distant shots on the viaduct. I thought that contrast and sharpness was lacking. It was overcast but relatively bright and I would be inclined to say the colours are fairly accurate but they just don't work well for me. I think the biggest problem is that I couldn't get closer and consequently the last two shots lack impact. Any suggestions so I can be better next time?

All done with an Olympus E-P1. The first two using the Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens and the last two with the Panasonic 45-200mm.

Zig Zag Loco 218 2 by peterb666, on Flickr

Zig Zag Loco 218 by peterb666, on Flickr

Steam Train on Viaduct 2 by peterb666, on Flickr

Steam Train on Viaduct by peterb666, on Flickr


Mu-43 All-Pro
Feb 12, 2010
Brussels, Belgium
Hi Peter,

I don't think you have to do better next time. It's perfectly possible to make those two distant shots into fine pics.
What disturbs me most is the rosered sweater of the girl in the machine.
If you lower the saturation on that, you immediately have another image.
But, while playing with it's postprocessing, the best results were in B/W with sepia toning. Goes perfectly with the vintage train.

I hope this helps,

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