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Offline ZombieCake

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Trainset Odd Perspective
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:15:54 pm »
Can anyone tell me what's odd about the perspective?  Film was Ilford XP2 taken on an Olympus 35RC rangefinder made in the early 1970s and piccie taken sometime in 2018.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 12:09:27 am »
Looking up a slight slope, so the vanishing point is off...

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 09:44:11 am »
Looks to me like the tracks are slightly curved to the left.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2019, 10:06:06 am »
I would suggest there is nothing wrong with the perspective.
However the eye is expecting the tracks to converge at the vanishing point. But instead they curve off to the left and out of site before converging. If you were to extrapolate the straight sections of track the lines will converge on the vanishing point close to the edge of the tunnel wall.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 10:06:42 am »
The tracks do hit a pretty sharp bend going under the bridge.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2019, 10:52:01 am »
The vertical objects in the area are vertical in the photo.
Expensive lens or photoshop.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2019, 12:11:30 pm »
There is no shadow of the photographer.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2019, 12:40:53 pm »
Shadows are inconsistent.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2019, 06:58:27 pm »
The station buildings are mirror images of each other.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2019, 07:21:57 pm »

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2019, 08:54:52 pm »
The vertical objects in the area are vertical in the photo.
Expensive lens or photoshop.
The 35RC had/has a very good lens. The Olympus 35RD (which I am lucky enough to own) was/is even better. Puts many of today's modern optics to shame.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2019, 07:11:25 am »
Looks to me like the tracks are slightly curved to the left.

To my eye (and rule against the screen) the left hand track curves to the left whereas the right hand track is straight. In reality I would expect them to be parallel.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2019, 12:01:12 pm »
In reality I would expect them to be parallel.

Unless the gap between the tracks has had to be pinched slightly to allow them to fit between the platforms with adequate clearance?
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2019, 06:04:25 pm »
Doubt it. The 6-foot had to be maintained to provide adequate clearance between passing trains.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2019, 06:09:44 pm »
I think the tracks bending is just a bit of barrel pincushion distortion from the lens.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2019, 07:35:38 pm »
Is that Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull on the left hand platform. He seems to be standing on one leg playing the flute. Its odd that you can't see the rest of the band.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2019, 08:23:06 pm »
Shadows are inconsistent.
Exactly. Both of the sides of the platforms are casting shadows onto the ballast.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2019, 09:00:09 pm »
How far was the camera from the end of the station buildings when the photo was taken?
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2019, 07:10:28 am »
Shadows are inconsistent.
Exactly. Both of the sides of the platforms are casting shadows onto the ballast.
Platform edges have lips. The sun is overhead thus casting shadows on both sides. Other shadows visible demonstrate this.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2019, 12:26:08 am »
I'll put you out of your misery (not Swiss clinic style though). Where am I standing?  We had the run of the station so could stand right in the middle where the trains go without getting splattered, nicked by plod, or Southern Fail announcing a trespasser on the line.
Very nice comments though.  Film isn't dead yet!
BTW the film was developed in Boots (the chemist, not wellies) and the piccie is the scan straight off the supplied CD with no messing about.
> Edit> The Olympus rangefinders of the 70's beat Leica at their own game, just not as popular. The 35RC is still my go to film camera today.
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2019, 03:50:27 am »
If it was a preserved line midweek you'd get away with it.

I hope you had your orange HiVis on though.... :lol:
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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2019, 06:16:08 pm »
Where am I standing?  We had the run of the station so could stand right in the middle where the trains go without getting splattered, nicked by plod, or Southern Fail announcing a trespasser on the line.
I had wondered how you were standing there, but assumed it was legit.

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Re: Trainset Odd Perspective
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2019, 06:53:51 pm »
Often have walkways at the end of the platform ramps for wheelchairs etc when only a footbridge.