Steamy Morning

December 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Steamy MorningSteamy MorningThe Norfolk Southern celebrated their 30th Anniversary in style during 2012 as they brought Nickel Plate 765 and the Southern 630 out onto the NS tracks as goodwill ambassadors.

Early morning in Wiliamson, West Virginia and the 765 is bringing its consist to the depot where NS employees and their families will be treated to a ride over the Pocahontas Division.

Learn more about this piece of living history.

The Norfolk Southern celebrated their 30th Anniversary in style during 2012 as they brought Nickel Plate 765 and the Southern 630 out onto the NS tracks as goodwill ambassadors.

Early morning in Wiliamson, West Virginia and the 765 is bringing its consist to the depot where NS employees and their families will be treated to a ride over the Pocahontas Division.

Learn more about this piece of living history.


BRP Tunnels

September 18, 2021  •  1 Comment

BRP TunnelsBRP TunnelsThe North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway features a number of tunnels.

At sunrise, the light is just starting to illuminate the darkness as I stop long enough to grab a quick snapshot out the windshield of the scene

The North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway features a number of tunnels.

At sunrise, the light is just starting to illuminate the darkness as I stop long enough to grab a quick snapshot out the windshield of the scene


Welcome Back

May 02, 2021  •  1 Comment

It's sad when it's May and you just realize you have not made a new blog post yet this year. It's been a busy year with work and we're all still dealing with the COVID-19 world that we now live in.  Luckily I've gotten both of my shots so I'm looking forward to getting back out and making some new images to share with you.  My wife got her first one last week, so soon we'll both be protected.

I'll turn 50 in a week on May 8th, which is still hard to believe in many ways.  However, I'm feeling better these days as I've been able to lose the Covid weight on a Low-Carb diet over the last 8-10 months.  I still have a ways to go to my goal, but I know I can get there.

Next week, my wife and I will be taking our first roadtrip in a long time to drive to Arkansas to visit my Mom, drive plenty of backroads and hopefully make some new images.

I've been working from home since March 2020, but in June we'll be going back to the office at least part-time.  I'm not looking to the traffic hassles again, but it will be nice to get out of the house a couple of days a week and back into somewhat of a "normal" routine.Since I don't have any new images to share with you yet I'll end with one of my favorites.

Talk to you soon!

Steamy MorningSteamy MorningThe Norfolk Southern celebrated their 30th Anniversary in style during 2012 as they brought Nickel Plate 765 and the Southern 630 out onto the NS tracks as goodwill ambassadors.

Early morning in Wiliamson, West Virginia and the 765 is bringing its consist to the depot where NS employees and their families will be treated to a ride over the Pocahontas Division.

Learn more about this piece of living history.


A tender retirement

May 17, 2020  •  1 Comment

A line of steam locomotive tenders parked on a weed covered siding at the Southeastern Railroad Museum here in Duluth, GA


River Reflections

May 03, 2020  •  1 Comment

River ReflectionsRiver Reflections - Augusta Georgia

The old Southern Railway bridge is still used by trains and leads from South Carolina (on the far shore) into downtown Augusta, Georgia. Usually the surface of the river is rippled by boat traffic or wind, but this day it seemed extra "smooth" and ready to be photographed. 

Why Post Process?

When I started in photography and even digital photography I was completely of the school that post-processing was somehow "cheating" or bad.  The idea was to get the perfect "Straight-from-the-camera" shot that accomplished everything you wanted it to.

Later on when I moved to Lightroom; I discovered Silver Efex,  which allows you to create a variety of black & white conversion effects.
 
I use SilverEfex Pro 2 for 90% of my black & white conversions and often use ColorEfex Pro 4 on color shots or to pre-process before moving to silverefex to finish up.
 
I really like how you can control the amount of the effects to best come up with the results you want.  Each image requires a different combination to end up with what you want. You get those options.

I've learned that I get the most enjoyment from photography by post-processing to make them "my own".  Taking a RAW file and tweaking it to come up with an image that "says" what I want it to. Sometimes it is easy, but sometimes it can be a long process. But the end results are worth it to me.

 

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