Cityrail is somewhat pedantic about preventing people from accessing the rail tracks. So it was somewhat of a novelty to find that Blackheath has a level pedestrian crossing allowing one to stand in the middle of the tracks… and take photos
I also liked the colors here the autumn and rust tones.
And this concludes the Blue Mountains set from <cough>April</cough>. We have a couple of random May things next followed by shots from my most recent California trip.
This is my final shot from the steam train trip.
This is back at Central again in the evening. As you can see the lighting was more cooperative this time.
Unfortunately the tourists weren’t as cooperative, so this is actually a composite of a half dozen shots which had tourists blocking various parts of the view.
This is the view looking forward along the side of the train.
It is actually quite a hard shot get and this is the best of my many attempts.
First you need to get a reasonably sharp bend and you need to be a fair way back down the train. That combined with zoom is how you get a shot that looks like the camera was hanging a couple of meters out the side of the train.
Then you need a bit of track where the view isn’t being blocked by rocks and shrubs close in to the side of the tracks.
Then you need to dodge that cloud of steam, not only will it block the shot but it is laced with coal dust which is quite unpleasant for both camera and photographer.
And to top off, everything is moving which combined with the zoom means when you get around the above factors you frequently end up with something that is blurry and or out of focus.
Here’s another view of the train, this one Fisheye style.
Of course since I don’t have a fisheye lens this is actually a stitched panorama.
This is looking through the window into the drivers cabin.
I particularly liked the composition and coloration of this photo. The way the window frames the equipment inside. The vivid greens and golds of that equipment. The expanse and color of the side of the train. And finally the way the shovel handle and the edge of the door break it up giving it scale and context.
Back in April we took a daytrip down the south coast on this vintage steam train.
I have a bunch of photos from that day that I will be working through over the next week or so.
In the queue after that are shots from our last Blue Mountains outing and my work trip to the states. Along with a couple of timelapse sequences and some random other bits and pieces.
This weekend is the vivid Sydney festival which should also produce a bunch more photos.