These are two scanned photos taken from the same train, the same locomotive and at the same moment, so I thought that they would be OK together as they complement each other.
Again, I'd like to know how to present those photos in a better way (here, I realise that the wheels should be more shiny, for instance) : ??? how can I change this with photoshop elements 5,0 ? I don't know yet all the possibilities of this software. Many thanks in advance for your advice !
« The famous narrow-gauge Mountain Railway climbs from (…) the plains, to Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam) at an altitude of 1858m… a journey of 46km through forest, tea plantations, 16 tunnels and more than 250 bridges ; it’s a slow journey of three-and-a-half to four hours – sometimes the train moves little faster than walking pace, but the views are absolutely magnificent » (India Rough Guide).
Some personal impressions of Ooty : here my remembrances are very hazy, because I did not stay so long in that town - it was uncomfortable, rainy and surprisingly cold ; very desolate with no one around except in the centre of town, and in the middle of a thick fog that did not move at all, (not like those splendid floating fogs that keep on changing all the time, so inspiring).
There were frequent power cuts, the old colonial house where I stayed was freezing and very damp, even the guys working in the guesthouse seemed demoralised. The British architecture of the small bungalows at that time did not impress me as much as in Himalayan towns like Shimla for instance (or Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka, etc), probably has it changed for the better and I should return there.
... But the Toda people that I met in the market were splendid and full of dignity, and anyway the market was so interesting that it compensated the lack of joy that I felt in the nature, due to very poor weather conditions...
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Partha_c (2029) 2007-06-03 4:34
Hi Cath. Again you stirred up my memories. Nilgiri Express - the train you took shuttles between Coimbatore and Ooty passing through or steaming through the idyllic beauties of nature.My first visit was during 1986 and then in 2006 -- things had changed a lot.In fact, most of such hill stations did undergo a lot of changes. But the toda tribe continues to maintain their age old habits and customs. The smile of the man is really so immaculate that it chases away all illusory ideas. TFS. Regards.
vincz (19113) 2007-06-03 6:08
What a fantastic mood, , what a great smile. Your composition is excellent with all the machinery at the bottom. Very well done.
CycleEyes (24) 2007-06-03 8:00
Hello Catherine, nice moment captured. The natural expression and the atmosphere of this photo ( photography is an extension of memory ) is great.
ninaL (21348) 2007-06-03 8:39
Yes...I like them together. First, I thought there was only ONE shot...beceause you put them very well together.
Best regards. Grazyna.
stiginthedump (1823) 2007-06-03 9:52
I think you should use levels to get rid of that yellow haze in the top photo first (it'll add a little more contrast as well. I have a small problem with the mechanical parts being on the bottom. The man kinda resembles a mechanical beast with wheels for legs. I did a workshop with the pics next to each other. Obviously it's not very good for Trekearth requirements as the length can be a maximum of 200k (grrrrrr), but might look better at a greater size.
sunilshukla (844) 2007-06-03 10:07
They dont make these beauties nemore but they are nice memories.
WepWaWet (3796) 2007-06-03 15:59
Muhtesem bir fotograf. Adamin gulusu cok guzel.Detaylar cok hos.Selamlar,
izmirli (3987) 2007-06-03 17:39
merhaba dear cath
beautiful composition and naturel colours.
friendly greetings from Istanbul.
riclopes (35577) 2007-06-04 1:59
Olá Cath, I've heard of these trains in India and I planned to make a ride in the North at the entry of the Himalayas, but in the end I didn't managed that and went by bus. I love the graphism of your wonderful framing and the way you stitched the two images in such a perfect connection. I almost thought that was only one shot. That smile is of course a fantastic bonus that we see so many times from Indian people. I'm not skilled in PhotoShop to give you advices but I like this result very much. Excellent work.
Regards from Lisbon,
postvikram (1199) 2007-06-04 5:26
Hello Catherine ,
This is a nice capture and arrangement of this lovely toy train.
I have cherished every moment of my travels in this train (when I was a kid). I haven't got a chance to try out no during these busy days in life.
Nice note and a broad smile from the engine Man is good to see.Gives life to the picture.
TFS - Vikram
vonp (2235) 2007-06-06 3:43
I think that the scanner working better ;)))
Very nice compo and POV and very good note!
See you soon...
oochappan (16582) 2007-06-13 9:19
Unusual brought together, almost like a one shot feeling, inspiring Carherine, a small crop from right still possible. A pleasant scen thanks to his glorious smile.
Vasa (16778) 2009-05-19 16:01