A blog about what I love….photography and bicycles!

And now for something completely different…………..


This last weekend I joined fellow photographers Doug Morton (http://www.douglasimages.co.za/), Elize Liebnitz and Sam Davies for a trip into the unknown (for me!!) After photgraphing the little things on this planet I was invited to explore the local shunting yard at Masons Mill in Edendale.  Sam had got permission and it was a good opportunity to learn.  We got there early and (after a short delay due to permission checks) got stuck in.  Most of the rolling sotck were under the shed and hence provided a great opportunity for HDR type work (something that I have not done very much of at all).  Anyway, here are a few of the images that I was able to record on the day.  There are a lot more but they can wait for another post (by the way, we have just returned from Highmoore in the Drakensberg and will post on that in the next few days).

The first photograph was made of three images ae -1.5, 0 and +1.5 and then merged in Photoshop and tone mapped in Photomatix.  Came out quite nicely I think.  This beast is the mechine used to shunt all the old stock around the yard.


The muscle of the yard

 Unfortnately all the stock were positioned with their backs to the sun and I could only geat rear end shots.  The next two are of some of the reconditioned locos.  The first is destined for the UK.  Both were treated the same way as the photograph above.  The last pic is a long shot of the area.


A handsome tank engine destined for the UK

Another large tank engine (Thomas is it??) A view of the yardA view of the yardA view of the area.

A view of the area

And finally some non train shots………….


Something from the "Old Days"

3 responses

  1. Merle

    Beautiful images, Simon. Some really exquisite shots of butterflies & landscapes. And a very sad story of the decline of a once-proud and beautiful city. Probably a world-wide phenomenon – particularly re the station – but sad nonetheless.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    • Merle, Lovely to hear from you and trust that you and Brian are well. Keep an eye on the blog for pics of the station, really lovely place.



      April 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  2. joubert

    awesome photos and very interesting. Well done, Son Shine

    April 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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