Alan’s high speed train pics

“Hi Al,

I was playing around with my camera yesterday and decided to try some high speed shots. They were ok so today I fixed some cotton wool in the chimney and safety valves. The camera is only a cheap one so clarity is not perfect, but it was fun and they look fine to me, what do you think?

Thanks Al, its a great service your giving.




A big thanks to Alan – just loved the imagination behind the pics.

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Keep ’em coming.



26 Responses to Alan’s high speed train pics

  1. Kaustav says:

    Very nice photos indeed! Look like real. 🙂

  2. Andrew says:

    These are superb.

  3. PETER says:

    Well done Alan they look great! How did you do it?

  4. david howarth says:

    Yes that cotton wool works good , used it myself in the past, you can even add a bit of grey on to the wool …Dave

  5. Colin Pryce says:

    Fantastic! Just like the real thing! Now for someone to come up with a belching black cloud diesel loco!

  6. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Nice,can we see more?

  7. Barry . Devon UK says:

    Wow, nice effect with speed & smoke. Does your camera do video?

  8. James Boyce says:

    Hi Al ,love your website.
    There are some amazing people out there , and Dave is as good as any
    Please keep them coming

  9. paul Otway says:

    I LIKE THE rod2-8-0, HOW did you weather it?

    Please share.

  10. Arnie Steiner says:

    Nicely done Alan. Yes, the cotton can produce a nice effect; even better and more realistic because you added the fast motion background blur.

    These days I’ve gone a bit more high tech by using digital photo imaging software to “paint” in smoke effects on photos. But your tried-and-true technique using cotton is still very effective and so much faster and less complicated.


  11. Gilles says:

    Hi Al,
    Thanks a lot for your wonderful ideas.
    Gilles (from Belgium)

  12. Don H. South Carolina says:

    Hey Alan, Man, I got dizzy just watching them go by. Outstanding work!

  13. christine says:

    I would like to see more photo’s like this, very good. You must of had fun doing this.

  14. Rob Billing says:

    Thank you Al for your web site. The photos are realy good.

  15. Cameron says:

    Great photos. Ingenious.


  16. Bedros Anserian says:

    Great photos and nice real try Alan.

  17. Richard Greenhalgh says:

    Nice to see a Fowler 7F 2-8-0 here.
    They were built for the long-closed S&DJ line that is just a few hundred yards from where I now work.

  18. Robert Shuman says:

    Looks great

  19. Gary Manganiello says:

    Very nice…..

    Gary M

  20. Chris Sylvester says:

    Like the pics that’s a cool idea to try look pretty realistic thanks for sharing Chris

  21. Bill in Virginia says:

    Really nice technique and great quality. The pictures do look very real

  22. Ken G says:

    They look great and I love how you did the “steam”, but to be honest an iPhone 11 Pro can do the same thing with it’s portrait (bokeh) setting. No need for a fancy camera (just fancy phone I guess….)

  23. Walt Walters says:

    I think they look awesome!
    Great detail and imagination!

  24. Rick says:

    Nice photos, one possible technique to make the locos appear more in fo cus would be to use rear curtain flash which fires the flash just before the shutter closes so you get the background blur. You have to experiment with the strength of the flash so you don’t obliterate the background. You might want to enlist a photographer friend to help and many of those guys would love to experiment with the techniques.

  25. Bruce D Terry says:

    If you want diesel smoke, why don’t you just dye the cotton charcoal grey or black, let it dry, and use the same method.

  26. David Chester says:

    Alan, this is a mighty display of speed using your still image camera. I love it and it gives me a sense of excitement to do the same thing with my Euro-train once i get it running. Watching it by eye, much like your engines inspired you, gives the viewer a taste…just a taste…of what it would look like in real life and real scale.

    A couple folks commented on your ‘cotton’ smoke which looks quite nice as it bugs down to the locomotive cab..:quite nice. On the one point of flash use for crisper image, use of the flash, if fast enough, produces a “strobe” effect giving you a ‘still’ image at the time of the flash. Under these conditions, your image should be as sharp as an actual still while still moving. The trick is matching camera shutter speed, which should be quite fast, with a rapid flash…most digital camera flash speeds and shutter coordination are good enough… along with hands-free image capture will provide a really nice image. One person mentioned ‘backflash.’ This will, as stated keep your background blur.

    Nice job!

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