Steam to Mullingar, March 23, 2014—Daily Post.


A View along the Royal Canal.

When photographing a special train, I like to make the first photograph of the day count as one of the best.

Railway Preservation Society Ireland operated locomotive 461 with an excursion from Dublin Connolly Station to Mullingar on the old Midland route.

This railway was built along the banks of the Royal Canal, and canal-side running characterizes the line.

Locomotive 461 works west along the Royal Canal near Enfield on March 23, 2014. Exposed with a Canon EOS 7D fitted with a 20mm lens and firmly mounted on a Bogan tripod. Focus and exposure set manually.
Locomotive 461 works west along the Royal Canal near Enfield on March 23, 2014. Exposed with a Canon EOS 7D fitted with a 20mm lens and firmly mounted on a Bogan tripod. Focus and exposure set manually.

Hugh Dempsey and I set out from Dublin about an hour ahead of the train, and selected this spot as one of the best.

The sun and clouds cooperated nicely. Yet, the extreme contrast of the scene require a bit of post-processing to control contrast. I made a variety of small changes to adjust the image, including both global and localized contrast adjustment.

More 461 photos tomorrow!

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One thought on “Steam to Mullingar, March 23, 2014—Daily Post.”

  1. Nice shot along the old canal towpath. Now if we could just get these young American railfans to stop calling it a “toe path.” Honestly, they have no sense of history. Grumble, fuss.

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