P71011 - BR Class 9F no 92214, Greet Tunnel, Gloucestershire - Trains in the Landscape

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BR Class 9F no 92214 enters Greet Tunnel, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
BR Class 9F no 92214 enters Greet Tunnel, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
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Date : 28th May, 2016
Photograph Reference : 71011
Camera : Sony A550
ISO : 1600
Exposure Time : 1/500sec
Aperture : F5.6
Focal Length : 16mm
Modifications : Camera JPG modified
It is usual practice for the railway to offer brake van rides during their gala events (although this didn't happen during the 2018 and 2019 events), subject to a supplementary payment, and, for the first time, I partook of the opportunity to do so, from Toddington to Cheltenham.  Finding myself at  the "locomotive" end of the train, I decided to experiment with photographing the locomotive at various points on the line, including its entry to Greet  Tunnel (East Portal).  The only slight downside was that I was slightly off-centre from the smokebox as someone else was in the centre position.  

My initial experimentation led me to use spot metering on the smokebox, which generally meant that the locomotive was exposed correctly, although at times it tended to over-expose the rest of the shot.  However, at bridges and the tunnel, the background exposure was generally fine.  I recomposed and blurred the background for the final version as I felt the original exposure came across as somewhat static.  
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