BLS Cargo Electric Works North on DB; exercise in composition and contrast.

On 20 April 2016, I made this image of a Swiss BLS Cargo (Bern Lötschberg Simplon) electric leading a northward freight on DB’s (German Railways) heavily traveled double-track line north of Freiburg, Germany.

Although clear and sunny, the direction of the light was directly behind the locomotive, which is anything but ideal.

To make the most of this awkward lighting situation, I opted to feature the flowering tree that was well-lit by the angle of the sun, and work with the locomotive in silhouette, while taking a low angle to minimize distracting elements on the far side of the line.

In post processing, I’ve lightened the shadow areas of the RAW file to restore detail and improve the overall contrast to the locomotive.

Below are both the unimproved RAW file (only scaled for presentation) and my modified file.

This is a Jpg made from FujiFilm X-T1 camera RAW file (scaled for internet presentation). No contrast adjustments.
This is a Jpg made from FujiFilm X-T1 camera RAW file (scaled for internet presentation). No contrast adjustments.
Using Lightroom, I've lightened the shadow areas and made an overall contrast adjustment with the 'clarity' slider. My aim was to produce a more graphic and interesting illustration of the BLS electric and flowering tree. Exposed on 20 April 2016.
Using Lightroom, I’ve lightened the shadow areas and made an overall contrast adjustment with the ‘clarity’ slider. My aim was to produce a more graphic and interesting illustration of the BLS electric and flowering tree. Exposed on 20 April 2016.

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One comment on “BLS Cargo Electric Works North on DB; exercise in composition and contrast.

  1. Michael Walsh on said:

    Another useful tip on managing an awkward location. Nice result.