To add to the recent thread on your website about night photography I thought it might be interesting to share a photograph of the Dartmouth Steam Railway ‘Train of Lights’ from 2019 with some technical information:
It was taken from Sugar Loaf Hill near Goodrington on the 20 Dec 2019. The camera was a Nikon D850 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The exposure was 1/125 sec at f/2.8 at ISO 6400. The Nikon RAW file was post-processed using Adobe Lightroom to optimise the colour saturation of the highlights also including some noise reduction.
Hope this may be interest to your readers. Best wishes, Barry Jones
Michael L. Roach
Hillsides of the Plym Valley
As the last weeks of the Plymouth to Tavistock and Launceston passenger train service went by I was constantly thinking of the locations that still needed to be visited and photographed again, or indeed for the first time in some cases. All the photos attached were taken on the afternoon of Saturday 22 December 1962 when there was just one week left before the “last day.” It was pure chance, and not by design, that 60 years later they can all be put under the heading of hillsides. The railway followed the Plym Valley from Marsh Mills to Shaugh Bridge where the river turned eastwards up on to the high moor and its source on Dartmoor. The railway then followed a tributary of the Plym from Shaugh Bridge to Yelverton. As the line progressed northwards up the two valleys it was climbing higher and higher above the rivers on a more or less continuous gradient all the way from Tavistock Junction to Yelverton (7½ miles). The date of 22 December was significant as it was the very first day of a continuous cold spell that came to be known as “The Big Freeze” of the 1962 - 63 winter. One result of the cold is that the locomotive's exhaust steam hangs in the air for some time to often dramatic effect. I only took three photos that afternoon, and they are all here. All three were taken at 1/125 of a second but as the afternoon wore on and the weather detiorated the shutter opening went from f11 to f7 and finally f2.8
MLR / 04 December 2022
Sorry to fill your inbox up with photos of the BWR Christmas trains, I think this is the third lot I have sent you!!
With nothing interesting going on on the big railway (infact today, nothing at all going on), the BWR trains have been a welcome distraction and a bit of an excuse to drag myself out of the house!
I’ve been trying to get a shot of the L92 pannier in the sun for the last few weeks without any luck, today the planets and stars aligned and it came off.
All the best, and merry Christmas to you all, Jon Hird