Saturday, February 21, 2009

Days of steam remembered

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Fifty years ago, this train was a major workhorse -- "iron horse!" -- in the Barossa region of South Australia. Today, engine 217 stands in a park (from memory, it's in Tanunda) as a monument to the trains and the men who ran them. This was an easy shot to frame, but it was the exposure from hell: the noon light was so bright, it hurt your eyes and confused the camera, and making it even harder was the fact I was photographing a black object that was glaring with reflection. This was one of those occasions when you didn't trust the camera's automatics, but went to the manual exposure controls. No matter what kind of camera you're using, you need to master this skill. Photo by Mel, 2006.

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