Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The entry this week has two photos posted. The first photo is this weeks B&W photo and the second is a follow up to last weeks photo. I hope you enjoy both.

This weeks B&W Square Photo has a mystery to it. Something is missing from this scene, can you see it; or should I say not see it? If you don't notice it right away, keep looking and it will come to you. If you can't wait or don't know what is missing the answer is at the bottom, but try not to check it out to soon.

The Western Maryland Station is a grand building with beautiful architecture. You could spend a day photographing it and see something new from any angle. And that view can change with the light, not to mention if you're shooting for a color or a B&W finish.

The original was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens at 1/200, f/7.1; ISO was 800. The photo was then converted to a B&W image and cropped for the square look. A small amount of vignetting was applied and a little sharpening was added. Somewhere during the process the mystery was given it. Have you noticed it yet?

The following photo is a just a follow-up to the one from last week - Under The Trestle. I know it isn't much in showing the Trestle in a closer light, but I do like the overall view of looking down the tracks, wondering what could be beyond and what would I see around the far bend. Ever wonder what could be over the next hill or what you might see if you were to go just a little further down the road?

Just as "Under The Trestle" this, too, was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens; 1/160, f/5.6 ISO was 400. In Photoshop Elements it was converted to a B&W photo, cropped and like most of my photos some vignetting was added and a small amount of sharpening at the end.

As a kid I used to jump on coal trains up in the George's Creek valley. Of course they were not going fast and only rode them for a short distance. No, didn't think of the danger, it was to much fun. Also used to have contests to see who could run the furthest down the rail before falling off; or twisting an ankle. Even tried letting the air out of our bike tires some, and putting them on the rail and ridding them. What a balancing act, if you could do it. Back then rims where wide, especially on the older bikes.

Now for the big moment. Did you guess what is missing from the Western Maryland Station photo? If you haven't, the answer is:

The CrossTown Bridge!

Yeah, this is my world, bridge or not. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I do in creating them. My world here in Western Maryland is a great place to be, I love it and you are welcome to it.

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