Is the lighting playing tricks?

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Is the lighting playing tricks?

Post by uhaul » Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:51 pm

When I first saw these pictures I had to make sure this was the same locomotive. I am very surprised how faded the -8 in picture 1 is, but I noticed the trailing -9 is not washed out.
www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=152613
Now with picture 2 the unit does not look faded and the trailing -9 does not appear too dark.
www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=202740
So why is one photo would the unit be faded (washed out?), but then in a later one not appear faded?

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Post by Raritan Express » Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:19 pm

Do you think they would've washed and painted the loco in the 4 months in between the photos?

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Post by uhaul » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:55 pm

They may have washed it, but if it were to be repainted it would be in NS black.

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Post by MEC407 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:17 pm

Probably a combination of lighting and contrast. The second picture has extremely high contrast, which makes the paint look darker and more vivid than it really is. It's also possible that the photographer boosted the saturation in the second photograph, either in-camera or in Photoshop, which would make the blue look less faded.
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Post by CSXT 700 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:47 pm

I just happened to walk into this.

Here is the origonal, photo.

While I did do some adjusting of the contrast, it was not much. I did do some lighting of the shadows, about 6 "points", and then about 4 "points" of contrast, to keep it from looking overexposed.

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