I climbed to the top of the studio to take this picture of a passing steam train. It was the second time it had passed, this shot being the return leg, so a better angle as it passed the studio.
A quick crop and I delivered copies to the various social media posters on site. The picture appealed to more people than I imagined, garnering thousands of ‘likes’ and hundreds of comments across it’s various Facebook postings. Along the way, it generated it’s own steamy hot air.
So, there’s a Hassleblad laying around at RW *and* Peter knows how to use it?
Steam trains appear to have a huge appeal, so what seemed like a throw-away image hase garnered more comment and activity than anything else recently. Having shot this with my old 5D using a 17-40mm f4 lens whilst handholding the 5D Mk11 in my other hand for a tighter shot, it’s been amusing to read some of the comments…maybe I should have put them right, but I didn’t have the heart.
...unless someone has a penchant for making images square to a thousandth decimal place, it was shot with a (the) square format camera which would be a Hasslebad ( the first camera the U.S.took into space, and then the moon). I ran the original into PS and it measures 14.222 inches high and wide.
I am (as my profile pic shows) a medium-format guy from way back. The high-resolution scan must look fantastic. What are the chances we could see an autumn, winter, and spring version of this same view?
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