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photoblog image Great Central Winter Gala - 1/5

Great Central Winter Gala - 1/5

At the end of January a friend and I spent some time at Quorn on the Great Central Railway near Loughborough at the Winter Gala.  I took several shots but couldn't decide whether colour or B&W was best so I will leave you decide.

This is the first of two images this week of BR Standard Class 2MT No.78019 which was saved from scrapping by the Loughborough Standard Locomotive Group.  They have a full history and description of its refurbishment here  The loco is hauling a set of mineral wagons, a type for which the GCR was famous, such trains being called "Windcutter" trains for some reason.

The light on the day was almost directly overhead and was also very contrasty. I made two copies of the original JPEG at +2 and -2 EV in Raw Therapee.  I then took all three into Essential HDR Community Edition and Tone Mapped an HDR conversion.  This latter file was taken into CS3, cropped and given a small adjustment in Topaz to produce a final colour version and saved.  That file was then returned to base in the History palette and an Adjustment Layer was used to convert to B&W before a small adjustment was made in Topaz to that version also.

 

Great Central Winter Gala - 1/5

At the end of January a friend and I spent some time at Quorn on the Great Central Railway near Loughborough at the Winter Gala.  I took several shots but couldn't decide whether colour or B&W was best so I will leave you decide.

This is the first of two images this week of BR Standard Class 2MT No.78019 which was saved from scrapping by the Loughborough Standard Locomotive Group.  They have a full history and description of its refurbishment here  The loco is hauling a set of mineral wagons, a type for which the GCR was famous, such trains being called "Windcutter" trains for some reason.

The light on the day was almost directly overhead and was also very contrasty. I made two copies of the original JPEG at +2 and -2 EV in Raw Therapee.  I then took all three into Essential HDR Community Edition and Tone Mapped an HDR conversion.  This latter file was taken into CS3, cropped and given a small adjustment in Topaz to produce a final colour version and saved.  That file was then returned to base in the History palette and an Adjustment Layer was used to convert to B&W before a small adjustment was made in Topaz to that version also.

 

comments (13)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 May 2010, 06:30
I prefer the colour version Brian. Fine little engines these - as were the 2-6-2T variants
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris. I am showing this loco again on Friday.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 May 2010, 07:22
The result of your twiddling is a very dynamic image, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Ray.
I like both but the colour just gets my vote. We are off to the Severn Valley today.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. Hope you had a good day at SVR.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 31 May 2010, 08:05
Colour version is a winner here Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tony.
Lovely diptych Brian. I prefer the colour version!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
Treatment is wonderful, not overdone in any way, but just gives that little extra.
I like the B&W version best!
Brian Walbey: I can't decide which I like best Marion, hence the whole series is presented in the same way. Mind you I did enjoy all the twiddling.
Great steam loco, both are good, but I find the b&w version more evocative.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 13:03
Great train. I love the B&W. I wonder what it would look like in B&W with the red staying the same?? Either way, very interesting angles and clarity.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much beth. I will probably do waht you suggest about the red area, I have done it before, there is a good "freebie" called Tint Photo Editor which is very helpful for doing that sort of thing.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 31 May 2010, 14:26
I really like the side-by-side views, Brian, so that we can see the difference. And I must say you're really doing a great job with the B&W conversion!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ginnie. The whole series till Friday is similar, I hope people don't get too fed up.
Both are excellent pictures Brian..but its colour for me..Well done.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron.
I like the colour one best Brian, but the B/W is very good too. Lovely old engine. You put a lot of work into this I see. Well done
Brian Walbey: I really enjoyed messing about with the images for this series janet, thanks for your comment.
Good stuff, Brian - I remember locos like this very well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, it's good plenty have survived the scrapyard.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 May 2010, 21:12
A great bit of editing, Brian. I prefer the colour version but you probably expected me to say that!
Brian Walbey: Yes I'm not surprised Alan, and so do I with this one.

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