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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Mountain Thunder

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"Number 734... The Hardest Working Steam Locomotive Anywhere in the Country."

That is according to Steve Barry, quoted in Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and reprinted in the Brochure for the Scenic Western Maryland Railroad.

If you were familiar with this train you would realize that this is not a normal view of this train. I wanted something a little different and this is one of several photos taken from one of the many different unusual locations I've used.

Also, in this view we have the train engineer, off to the right, and the train "experts" standing close by and discussing, well, we don't know for sure what they are discussing but I do hope it was about Mountain Thunder.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and a 28 - 200mm lens; at 200mm. ISO was 200 at 1/250 sec and f/5.6. In photoshop elements I cropped for the square look, converted to B&W, added some contrast, vignetting and a small touch of sharpening.

Some photographers like Bill Merlavage of MerlavageImages create great train photos, and have had many published, and from him I take some incentives and incites on train photography. Bill has worked hard in mastering his technique and I don't want to be a look alike, but I do look at his work and think how could I do something different. I like the challenges that he gives. Thanks Bill, maybe some day I can challange you.

So, in my world, there are many local photographers that I look up to, both men and women, and all create great photographs. This is just one more reason that I love where I live.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.