It’s funny how some pictures turn out. The original looked an unlikely candidate because the enclosed cab and footplate was very dark and the world beyond almost completely burnt out, but herein lies the advantage of working with raw files. I had to check my camera settings, so it’s worth noting that this was cooked at 8000 ISO, with an exposure of f /5.6 and shutter of 1/15 sec. It’s clear that such a slow shutter speed is only possible with the five axis stabilisation in my Olympus OMD E-M5 body for which I frequently thank my lucky stars. I thought that the vintage treatment was in keeping with the Victorian ancestry of this mighty steam engine, number X37386, of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.



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