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Copyright ©2004, Yvonne Steinmann HoF ¤ $

This was taken a few months ago during a short trip to the central Swiss Alps (Gotthard area, Switzerland). This is a detail of a historic - restored - train, called 'Furka Bergstrecke'. Hope you enjoy.

Photographer: Yvonne Steinmann HoF ¤ $
Folder: Yvonne
Uploaded: 2004-Sep-30 01:23 EDT
Current Rating: 8.33/3 (Weighted rating: 8.14)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: 3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Focal Length: 14
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
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Beautiful machinery!!

Jamal Dadsi ¤ at 04:48 EDT on 2004-Sep-30 [Reply]

Huge fan

I love steam trains and stem powered machinery! The light and color on this is great but wonder if this is the ultimate picture. There must be hundreds of possibilities for different compositions. I have no specific ideas on what to see here photographically. It would be fun to take a series of shots of this. (I keep wondering why everything is so clean? Is this engine retired, or not in use?)

As far as the "print" is concerned, I would like to see the piece in the upper left brightened a little bit to match the other silvery parts. I know that part is in the shadows, and perhaps by brightening it too much to match the other silver areas in tone, you might make the whole image look unnatural. But a little bit of brightening would be nice, in my opinion.

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (Eł) HoF Win ¤ $ at 15:18 EDT on 2004-Sep-30 [Reply]

Thanks everyone...

for your comments.

E. Edwin: This train is run by a bunch of enthusiasts, who may or may not earn anything for their work - this explains in my eyes why the train is in such good nick. During the summer it runs on a regular timetable from Realp (above Andermatt, which is north of the Gotthard pass) across the Furka pass to Gletsch, on a more or less straight course west. I took a series of pictures of this beautiful train (see here if you like:

Thanks for looking!


I too love beautiful mechanical machinery and am fascinated what complicated processes can be resolved just by using mechanics (I work for a company which builts high precision machinery to close beverage and food cans).

Yvonne Steinmann HoF ¤ $ at 02:19 EDT on 2004-Oct-01 [Reply]

Swiss Watch?


This looks like a Swiss watch movement "writ large".

The color and texture of the metal is quite well done.

I think the composition might be improved by expanding the crop a bit on the right and moving in a bit on the left so that the brighter parts of the subject are more nearly centered.

Best wishes...


Joe Sneed HoF ¤ at 09:49 EDT on 2004-Oct-02 [Reply]