For those of you able to visit the NRM York there is a great exhibition of railway photographs on the Gallery by the "Phoenix Photographic Group" If you can't get there have a look at their website "www.phoenixrpc.co.uk" and have a look at the exhibition pics there and many others. It is a very nice little website.
By an amazing coincidence we were there yesterdayand saw the exhibition in close up. The one of the pointwork at Kings Cross stood out in my mind ani D couldn't help wondering how the hell would you know if you cocked something up on it? Are they what are termed double slip points? I acquired a set of peco ones second hand and am now wondering where to use them.
I understand that as of next week there is an exhibition starting devoted to the Flying Scotsman.
On the subject of photography the NRM station mock-up has to be the worst lit museum in Britain in my opinion, I tried to get a couple of photo's of Winston Churchill but they came out too dark as usual.
I went about a month ago - the tiny ride on train they've got just takes you round the back of beyond for 5 minutes, although you HAVE to go to the 'education centre' as they have loads of hands on stuff
The 'Station Building' or South Hall is an ex-Goods depot, and is top lit by glass in the roof. It is dim at this time of year due to the low angle of the sun (when it shines, that is!). I've achieved good photographs between May and September when the sun has been out. If you use flash and can control the lens aparture (eg the f number), use at least one, preferably two stops more to get the maximum light back in - or a flash-gun with automatic exposure. There is electrical lighting as well, but not a great deal - possibly to maintain something of the atmosphere and to avoid exposing the exhibits to too much light.
I have not seen their policy on tripods; they tend to be unpopular in museums because of the potential for tripping someone up. A 'uni-pod' takes up much less room but still gives greater stability than hand-held. There are also plenty of pillars about in the South Hall to rest the camera or yourself against to help steady the camera.
I'd also advise photography after 2.30pm which is about the time that school parties depart and you are less likely to be interrupted or cause a problem with a tripod.
Hope the pics come out well,
Thanks for your help. I'll be at NRM on Friday 3 February 2006 at around 11:00. If any one is in the area please drop me a line and we can visit together or have a beer afterwards. Please be advised thought that I prefer my beer cold.
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