As a youngster, I would get home from School, get changed and go out to play with my pals.
Now I'm older, I get home from work, get changed and go out to play with my pals, but now I call it training.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mist Trains

A bit late home from work and with Milly still saying he has 'retired' I simply couldn't find the motivation to go for my planned easy 7 miles tonight. That's the first day missed (apart from Fridays but they are on purpose) in three weeks or more. Must not do this again.

Instead I spent a bit of time with the camera trying to capture a scene which, from where I often sit on some wooden steps on the river bank, I imagined would make a good photo. The best result is featured here.

Now I know what you are thinking - the train is blurry, and the trees are too dark. I should first point out that I am very much a novice in the DSLR (no that's not the train company) world. Yes the train IS blurry but that's because I wanted to re-create the movement of the hard edged loco' through the otherwise soft, natural, tranquil scene. This was achieved by using a slow shutter speed of 1/8 of a second, with exposure adjusted by 2 stops under to avoid a whiteout. The trouble is the river and sky are still rather over exposed and the near trees and branches under. Ideally I would get the train driver to go much faster so I could achieve my aim with a faster shutter. I would probably also zoom in a little more to lessen the dark areas. Hey it's not too bad for a first try though. Despite the warmth of the day in general I got a bit cold waiting for trains to come along. Of course, as soon as I left, six came along at once and crashed into the icy water below. I suppose I should have taken a photo of that actually - only joking of course - nothing newsworthy ever happens in Cumbria


  1. Steve
    To really get that "elusive shot" why dont you get on the railway track with the train coming towards you, that way you wouldn't need bother with the old DSLR button, we wouldn't have to look at your piss poor pics and the people of Cumbria would have some newsworthy news to read about, plus a top photo to accompany the report, just a thought!!!

  2. Maybe just needs a little more interest ? ...

    Like this ? (larger)

  3. Oh aye, everyone is a comedian eh?
    Step aside Tom O'conner. Sit down Cannon and Ball.Run home Eddie Izzard, for Penrith has a unique new double act about make NW England the mecca for budding comics.

  4. Was that the 1757 to Birmingham New Street? Do you have a special jacket and comb your hair in a side parting when you hang out near the trains?