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Built in 1893 by the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds. Costing £800 new, she is one of a class of three , the other two being Linda (also on the FR) and Charles. The latter is preserved in the museum at Penrhyn Castle. She was named after Blanche Georgina Fitzroy (1865-1944) who married Edward Sholto Douglas-Pennant (the 3rd Baron of Penrhyn). Originally an 0-4-0ST running on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway, purchased by the Festiniog Railway in 1963. Rebuilt as 2-4-0STT in 1972, her pony truck is from Moel Tryfan, an engine used on the original Welsh Highland Railway. She is seen here approaching Tanygrisiau having just passed the the lowest of the waterfalls from Llyn Cwmorthin.
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Album name:alanuk / A miscellany
Rating (2 votes): (Details)
Keywords:Tanygrisiau, Ffestiniog Railway
Author's Comments:Another soft day! The rain here is quite evident.
Editing Performed:A slight rotation and crop. Dodged areas to bring out the detail in the shadows. Sharpened with Topaz InFocus.
File Size:249 KB
Date added:Mar 14, 2013
Dimensions:811 x 900 pixels
Displayed:69 times
Date Time:2013-03-14T22:13:27
DateTime Original:2011:08:11 15:22:04
DateTime digitized:2011:08:11 15:22:04
Exif Image Height:900 pixels
Exif Image Width:811 pixels
Exif Offset:226
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Exposure Bias:0 EV
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Exposure Program:Aperature Priority
Exposure Time:1/25 sec
FNumber:f 5.6
Flash:No Flash
Focal length:70 mm
Max Aperture:f 5
Metering Mode:Multi-Segment
Model:Canon EOS 40D
Orientation:Normal (O deg)
Resolution Unit:Inch
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Software:Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4.1
White Balance:0
X Resolution:72 dots per ResolutionUnit
Y Resolution:72 dots per ResolutionUnit
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Silversnapper  [Mar 14, 2013 at 09:47 PM]
I have to admit that I flinched when I opened this up to the full height of my screen, it's a rather unnerving but fantastic pov. I love everything about this shot Alan and could go on at length about the individual elements that make up the composition; the smoke, steam, torrent, rain, human interest etc, but the image says it far more eloquently that I can so I'll simply click the 10 button and sit back and enjoy it. Top shot sir!
Mazda_Man  [Mar 15, 2013 at 01:42 PM]
To me this is a super shot, just how such a subject should be treated (as long as you got out of the way in time!) The driver's and the fireman’s heads sticking out add nicely to the overall theme.

Again here you have got away with a slow shutter speed (70mm needs about 1/100sec) personally I would have been tempted to raise the ISO to 400 and then I would have had 1/50sec but still with the need to be careful. Looking at your histogram this is slightly under-exposed so the available light made things a bit more difficult for you

The general rule is, use a shutter speed in excess of the FL ie FL of 100mm use 1/125sec minimum. 1000mm use 1/1250sec and so on.

Overall as I said at the start an excellent result.
JOHN  [Mar 15, 2013 at 06:10 PM]
Alan you seem to be a man with no fear, animals, heights and large mechanical devices anything for a photo eh ? Were you badly injured when you got knocked out of the way or just bruised ?
Great POV, and a great shot genuinely well done.
Beermonsta  [Mar 15, 2013 at 07:52 PM]
An excellent image Alan, spot on composition and nice bright colours, good human contact and the steam adds the atmosphere to the image. I think you should clone out the sign as it is a touch distracting but still an excellent image and well worth the risks taken
George  [Mar 16, 2013 at 09:50 AM]
Late in Alan so all I can do is nod in agreement with the well deserved comments above. A cracking shot for indeed, love it.
Helen  [Mar 16, 2013 at 08:12 PM]
Another good shot Alan, it looks as if you are in front of the train here taking the shot. I like how you have caught the driver with his head out and also some of the passengers of which you would see them do . Well taken
Photojunkie  [Mar 17, 2013 at 09:42 PM]
Love it Alan, and sorryh I'm late on this - must admit I did think of 'Thomas' when I saw this but I totally agree with the others about the colours and composition- it is spot on! I'm also thinking that they were all looking at you and shouting to get out the way, but of course - they also all seem to be taking pics !