Day Out With Thomas

FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f8.0 1/240s Thomas The Tank Engine

The final week of my March Challenge sees us on another great day out with the kids, this time to see Thomas The Tank Engine at the Watercress Line, also accompanied by Grandparents.

FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f1.4 1/10500s Alresford Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/10500s Alresford Station

We started at Alresford Train Station where Iron ‘Arry was giving cabin rides until Henry arrived to take us along the line to Alton before returning to nearby Ropley where Thomas awaited.

FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f8.0 1/170s Friend of Henry
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f8.0 1/170s Friend of Henry
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f2.0 1/2000s On board Friend of Henry at Alresford Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f2.0 1/2000s On board Friend of Henry at Alresford Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f2.0 1/320s Checking Tickets
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f2.0 1/320s Checking Tickets
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f2.0 1/125s Riding on Friend of Henry
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f2.0 1/125s Riding on Friend of Henry
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f8.0 1/420s Riding the Line #1
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f8.0 1/420s Riding the Line #1
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f5.6 1/160s Riding the Line #2
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f5.6 1/160s Riding the Line #2
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f8.0 1/125s Giant Baby Gazes At Grandads
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f8.0 1/125s Giant Baby Gazes At Grandads

The main attraction does not disappoint; Thomas looks every bit as grand as you could expect and steams up and down the sidings at Ropley Station with a coach load of children every few minutes. For anyone wondering, my daughter informed me the coach is Clarabel.

FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f8.0 1/450s Thomas And Friends
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f8.0 1/450s Thomas And Friends

Ropley Station is also home to the famous King’s Cross Bridge that was an iconic part of the Harry Potter films.

FUJIFILM X-E2 35.0 mm f8.0 1/480s Harry Potter's Bridge
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f8.0 1/480s Harry Potter’s Bridge
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f4.0 1/450s Ropley Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f4.0 1/450s Ropley Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f5.6 1/200s Thomas' Wheels
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f5.6 1/200s Thomas’ Wheels

A great day out in all with plenty to do. Be prepared for a long wait at the burger van though!

FUJIFILM X-E2 18.0 mm f5.6 1/350s Friends of Thomas
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 18mm f5.6 1/350s Friends of Thomas

All images here were Classic Chrome, Pro-Neg Std or Pro-Neg High film simulations. The bright sunny day and high dynamic-range proved more problematic for getting it right in the camera, especially as the in-camera converter can only under-expose by one stop leading to blown out and cyan skies. The results were still acceptable though, and this month has taught me the in-camera converter is more than good enough for most of my work, it’s only worth further processing on those select special images.

April will be the first month with no challenge as per the rules, although I shall still be posting each week.

To recap, here are the previous posts of the March Challenge:
Week 1: Hayling Billy
Week 2: Stickman & Gruffalo
Week 3: Alice Holt Forest

More snaps from the day:

 

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