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Historic Steam Engine 7imgs and link
Posted By: LaRee, 09-29-2008, 07:14 PM

Last weekend Santa Fe Steam Engine 3751 made a trip to San Diego. It pulled 24 vintage cars. I only got a couple pics of the actual steam engine coming in, and missed the perfect focus to boot. But I did have a great time when it broke down right down the street from me and had to unhook the cars for a while. ;-)
I got too excited and started shooting when the train was too far in the distance. I was shooting raw and the buffer filled up and paused, right at the spot that I had prefocused on! Errgh. Oh well, here is the not so well focused shot of it coming in.

I realize this is funky pp and not to everyones taste but it is just what I had in mind when I snapped this shot.

Step right up..

A break at the destination stop

The light was in the wrong spot from my vantage and the reflections were intense, no polarizer but I'm not sure it would have made any difference. Everything on the road behind me is reflected in the windows.

This fella was more than happy to give me a smile for the camera.

The vintage cars were awesome!

There are 79 photos in the gallery I put up. Here is the link:

I like the slide show...

Hope you enjoy something here!
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09-29-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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Great Cho Cho train series LaRee - I like the funky procesing. Also love #1 focus or not. Would love to capture one of those - I have been on one on a trip the the Grand Caynon but that was pre -DSLR days ... excellent series.
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Love number 2- I really think the PP adds to the 'industrial' feel of the image.
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LaRee... Those are all stunning pictures. #2 and 3 are my favorites but they are all great! Wow... JIMBO

09-29-2008, 09:35 PM   #5
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Great series LaRee, I'm totally with you on the PP but I would probably have gone a little further with it.
The last one is also asking for similar treatment I think (or different).
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they dont seem to have old trains very much here in oz, great pics LaRee
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Great series LaRee. I like the processing of the 2nd. Have you tried it in a sepia or duotone kinda rendering? Desaturating the colour would make it very old world IMHO of course
09-29-2008, 10:18 PM   #8
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Great sideshow as well LaRee, some of those cars are beautiful. I also liked the sepia conversions you did, very appropriate.
The old guy in the Casey Jones overalls made me laugh......... using a cell phone on an old steam engine.

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First class photos LaRee, with some funky PP.
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Love them all! I like the PP on #2 as well. Good work!

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For me it's the smiling porter. His red vest juxtaposed against the red Pulman car and the bright almost even exposure of the whole scene is excellent!

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Great shots, LaRee - thanks for posting these.

I just got to get me a steam ride one of these days, soon!!

A friend of mine, Cindy Miller Hopkins, a pro photographer who gets paid to travel around the globe, "has" to take a tour of all the steam rides in Colorado, to shoot photos. I am so jealous!!

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Very nice series....I like the PP effect on #2...
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I LOVE the funky PP on #2, but #3 does it for me. There's something about that shot....can't put a finger on it, but I like it. Really good series. Makes me wish we had something like that around here...
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Thank you LaRee! The slide show is great. The boy watching the train is my favorite. It reminds me of my childhood! In 1956 I rode the train from Detroit to Chicago and then on to Los Angeles and the observation car looked just like the Zephyr. What an experience that was.

Your photos are stunning and thank you so much for sharing.


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