Posts tagged ‘Transport’

India on the Road

We covered approximately 1000km on our mini-tour of Northern India….the majority of which was covered by road. The following are a handful of the shots I took whilst sitting in the back of a moving car, through glass and sometimes over roads that were…….err……..bumpy.

I think it’s fair to say that you would be hard pressed to capture these scenes/subjects travelling around the UK…….;0)……

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

Bharatpur Junction

To cover the bulk of the journey from Fatehpur Sikri to Ranthambhore National Park, we went by train from Bharatpur Junction. Although the classic sight of people sitting on top of the rail carriages and hanging off the sides, is largely a thing of the past, it’s still fair to say that India’s idea of passenger health and safety is a little different to our own: 

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

National Railway Museum

It must be about 30 years since I last visited The National Railway Museum in York…..not surprisingly it’s changed a lot since then.

First opened in 1975 the collection now includes over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock dating from the early 19th century to the present day. These include a replica of Robert Stephenson’s world-famous “Rocket” built-in 1829 and the “Mallard”, holder of the official world speed record for steam locomotives of 125 mph which it achieved on 3 July 1938. The museum is also in the process of refurbishing possibly the most famous steam engine of them all – “The Flying Scotsman”.

It also contains thousands upon thousands of other smaller objects and memorabilia related to the railways – many of which they don’t have room to exhibit properly.

One section of the museum that we found particularly interesting is the exhibition of railway posters and original artwork specially commissioned to advertise tourist destinations mainly in the UK, easily accessible by rail. Some of these were beautiful, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos of these.

If you’re ever in York then I highly recommend a visit – it’s free, fascinating, great for kids and even Lizzy enjoyed it…..;0).

From a photography point of view however, it was very challenging. The majority of the collection is held indoors in vast warehouses under harsh and largely inadequate artificial lights. This meant that in order to get shutter-speeds that were even remotely hand-holdable I was having to increase the ISO and shoot with wide-open apertures…..and even then I was relying on the excellent Canon image stabilisation on my 15-85mm walk-about zoom to get me out of trouble.

The main difficulty though was trying to handle the contrast between extreme shadows and highlights. The combination of yellow tungsten, blue flourescent and grey window light bouncing off highly reflective, but mainly dark coloured paint and metal work, was a real headache. I guess the answer would have been to have the camera locked off on a tripod, take multiple exposures of each subject and then process using HDR software. Had I been visiting on my own with the whole day to spare then I would have done that, but on this occasion that wasn’t really practical. Also taking a tripod to a popular museum with kids running around would have made for an interesting photo-shoot….;0).

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta

From 31st August to 2nd September 2012 Liverpool played host to the inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta – so I popped down with my camera to see what I could see:

I was expecting great things from this event, but in truth I was a little disappointed and as a result I struggled for inspiration – and personally I think it shows in the quality of the photos.

It wasn’t helped by choosing the wrong location for the “Parade of Sail” on the Sunday. I decided to stay on the Wirral side of the River Mersey so that I could get shots of the tall ships with the world-famous Liverpool waterfront in the background. It was a reasonable plan, except that the ships stayed close to the Liverpool shoreline on the other side of the river. For those that don’t know, Liverpool stands on the north side of the Mersey estuary and as such the river is quite wide at that point. Consequently, even with my 70-300mm lens I was struggling to get the shots I was after. The last two shots in the set above show the magnificent waterfront buildings in the background, but the ships are too small and get a little lost. The regatta did eventually sail across to the Wirral side, but unfortunately further down river from where we were positioned…..:0(…..ah well, I guess that’s photography for you!

It was good to catch up with the Pelican of London again. The last time we saw her, she was moored in Oban harbour on the west coast of Scotland.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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