Project Description

Photographer: Gregory Lewis
Home: Albury, NSW Australia
Location: Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia
Camera: F6
Lens: Sigma 24-105mm @ 105mm
Film: Portra 800
Metering: Matrix @ +0.7
Exposure: 1/640 @ f/8
Colour balance: DxO Pro 9
Date: June 7, 2015
This recently restored NSW AD60 from the Canberra Railway Museum was in Wagga Wagga for the weekend. I went along for a ride and a chance to photograph it in action. Coincidentally it was also the first outing for my new Nikon F6 camera.
The 4-8-4+4-8-4 is the largest steam loco in Australia. Due to small scale tunnels originally constructed in NSW no locos reached the size of the American articulated giants. However, at around 260 tons with 63,000lbs of tractive effort this is a still a non-trivial machine.
After the return run to Bomen I set off to find vantage points for gunzelling. My first stop was only a few hundred metres from the station where the train crosses over the highway and passes through a public park.
I used Group Dynamic AF mode, Pattern 1 Center, selecting a set of focus points on the left side. I tracked the front of the engine with the rear AF-On button until I liked the framing.
Thanks for the inspiration to buy an F6 and the opportunity to share my passion.