John Hackett  

Leaving Dungeness by John Hackett

August 2020 - Leaving Dungeness

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This is a small scale railway that carries passengers along a stretch of coast in the south of England. The train is just leaving Dungeness station. The area is a shingle spit that protrudes slightly out into the English Channel. It is home to few people a couple of pubs and a Nuclear power station. In the background on the left is one of two lighthouses, this is the newer of the two, it was built as the power station obscured the view of the previous one. I had patiently waited to get this shot as the train went by.

7 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A very nice image. I would like to see what this would like in color.A Feel that the engine should be a little brighter and you should remove the line above the engine. I don't know if this is a power line or something else.   Posted: 08/08/2020 11:36:47
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Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Very enjoyable shot as we have become used to seeing from John. On my laptop it is a little dark and the detail suffers a bit, but that is likely my unit. I can't help feeling that it would have been even more enjoyable with a sense of motion of the train and using a bit more of the frame for it.   Posted: 08/09/2020 15:41:17

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Interesting composition with the dark train contrasting with the bright lighthouse. I agree with taking out the overhead wire and might try to lighten up the front of the engine a little. I think mono suits it very well.   Posted: 08/11/2020 10:20:08

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
I feel the detail within the train is fine. Perhaps, could be brightened up a bit. I think the story here is the train. I didn't feel the lighthouse added to the overall image. Maybe if it was larger in the scene? Yes, I agree the line above the train needs to go.   Posted: 08/12/2020 11:39:17
John Hackett   John Hackett
This reply covers a few of the comments. I appreciate that the locomotive is dark, it is dark green in colour. I had not noticed the cable spanning the whole image. I purposely composed the scene to include the lighthouse as it is so much a part of the location. My biggest bug is that in the mono version the smoke and steam is lost against the cloud.   Posted: 08/14/2020 07:49:56

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I like the subject, and the leading line of the train track works well. I think the train is a little dark, and the blue in the sky could perhaps be darkened a little to make the scene more dramatic. I'd also consider cropping from the left to bring more emphasis to the train, and remove the lighthouse. Its so bright that my eye keeps going there. Power lines are always a challenge. I understand that Hoya is developing both a powerline and vapor trail filter.   Posted: 08/12/2020 12:48:50

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
My suggestions are to crop in from the left to eliminate the lighthouse and down from the top to remove some of the white clouds. Then brighten the entire train and the smoke from the engine. Also, a little more contrast in the sky to add drama would help. This image has a lot of potential but needs to feature the train.   Posted: 08/14/2020 13:59:17


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