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Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Storm Over The Station


It was a cold and stormy day as I walked around The Station taking photographs. The color photos turned out fine but what I had in mind when I took this photo was a black and white image; especially with the dark clouds. It turned out even better than I anticipated.

This is the Western Maryland Station, as seen looking East from the crossing at Baltimore Street. Starting in May the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad begins its excursions from this station. You can find a schedule and read all about the Train here at this link - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

The Western Maryland Station has been in existence since 1913 and you can read more about the Station here - Western Maryland Station.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. ISO was 200. The exposure settings are not available. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and then converted the image to B&W. I added some vignetting, burned in a couple of places and added a touch of sharpening.

The Western Maryland Station has been photographed from all angles by many people and I don't foresee that stopping anytime soon, and when you come to see it for yourself or to ride the train you, too, will be photographing it. If you have yet to ride Mountain Thunder you need to do so; it is an experience you will treasure always.

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