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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Very nice photos indeed! Look like real. 🙂
These are superb.
Well done Alan they look great! How did you do it?
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
Fantastic! Just like the real thing! Now for someone to come up with a belching black cloud diesel loco!
Nice,can we see more?
Wow, nice effect with speed & smoke. Does your camera do video?
Hi Al ,love your website.
There are some amazing people out there , and Dave is as good as any
Please keep them coming
I LIKE THE rod2-8-0, HOW did you weather it?
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.
Thanks a lot for your wonderful ideas.
Gilles (from Belgium)
Hey Alan, Man, I got dizzy just watching them go by. Outstanding work!
I would like to see more photo’s like this, very good. You must of had fun doing this.
Thank you Al for your web site. The photos are realy good.
Great photos. Ingenious.
Great photos and nice real try Alan.
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.
Like the pics that’s a cool idea to try look pretty realistic thanks for sharing Chris
Really nice technique and great quality. The pictures do look very real
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….)
I think they look awesome!
Great detail and imagination!
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.
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.