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Saturday 23 September 2017

Arley Station

43106 approaching Arley from the north on 25 October 2017.

Another picture from my visit to the Severn Valley Railway on 7 September 2017. This time it's 2857 (at 99 years of age!) departing Arley on the northbound morning service to Bridgnorth. The shot was taken from the bridge overhanging the station.

Looking south, here's 1501 at Arley in October 2017:

1501 steams into Arley from the south, 25/10/17, 1/2...
1501 steams into Arley from the south, 25/10/17, 2/2.

Saturday 16 September 2017

43106 on Victoria Bridge, Arley - 07/09/17

I had a spare day's holiday to use last week, so I took a trip on the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster up to Arley, with the intention of then walking the Severn Trail back down the river to Bewdley. The walking part of the day proved to be a mixed bag - I managed the lovely walk past Trimpley Reservoir but got lost at the holiday cabin site in Northwood, causing me to lose the public footpath and walk down a narrow country lane into Bewdley instead. The weather was also grey and overcast, which was less than ideal for photography. Luckily, I now have Adobe Lightroom (see previous post!) to help me iron out the blanched and featureless skies you invariably get when taking pictures in conditions like this. I've also invested in a petal hood for the camera, but I doubt it made much difference in such poor light. Anyway, the net result of all this was one of my best shots, a really well-composed shot of 43106 'The Flying Pig' crossing the Severn by means of the scenic Victoria Bridge just south of Arley.

Sunday 10 September 2017

Quick Update

Hello, sorry for the long break in posting. Real life has caught up with me and I'm also trying to get a book published at the moment, so updates to this blog have been put on hold for the time being. I have however recently purchased Adobe Lightroom, which is a really great piece of editing software for amateur photographers. I've only had it a couple of days but I have managed to greatly improve a picture I took last year of the two Black 5s as they came through Malvern on a November steam tour. The original shot was somewhat ruined by dreadful overcast weather on the day, but with a bit of tweaking I have managed to enhance the colours and remove the rainy haze. Hope you like it!