Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Morant’s Curve

Morant's Curve, The Canadian Rockies

Morant’s Curve, The Canadian Rockies

In the Canadian Rockies there is a lot to photograph.  One of the iconic places is this location called Morant’s Curve.  Railroad tracks run north to south and you can catch the trains going both directions.  Todays image is of a northbound train.  You can see this magnificent landscape and smell the diesel and hear the noise.  Pretty cool place to do train watching.


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Rusty Abstract

Rusty Abstract

Rusty Abstract

Been very busy on a numb rod projects and haven’t done os well this past week keeping up with the posts here.  I was once again going through my old images and came upon one I like a lot.  This is from a project I am still working on called Rusty Abstracts.  Rust and old peeling paint make for some great images.


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Train Car

Train Car, Noblesville, IN

Train Car, Noblesville, IN

Once again I share an image made at the Indiana Transportation Museum. This is a fun place to shoot at and I am there often. This is a shot of one of the train cars in the yard. I Raberized it a bit in Capture One. I also used the perspective tool in Capture One to correct the view so it looked straight.


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Back To Trains

Front Of The Monon Diesel Locomotive

Front Of The Monon Diesel Locomotive

After a few Canadian picture days I decided it was time to come back to the good ole USA and to my train project. Here is another from the Noblesville, IN train yard. Shot with a Nikon d800 and 70-200mm lens I compressed the image and then used a single image tone map in NIK software to get the look I wanted.


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HDR’ed and I Don’t Care

Big Old Train Noblesville, IN

Big Old Train Noblesville, IN

Lately I have been shying away from the HDR look. This is a grungy look that many photographers use to add artistic effects to their shots. It really is used to recover shadow and highlight details in images by combining multiple exposures of different ranges in exposure together. Sometimes in can be done in such a way that the image looks very natural. Other times it kind of goes over the edge. This is one of those other times. It works though with big old locomotive and the sky and the colors.  Shot with a Nikon D800e on a tripod. 24-70mm lens. Processed in Capture One then the output was HDR’ed in Photomatic.

 

 


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Playing In Trains

Mail Car On An Old Train

Mail Car On An Old Train

I love shooting old trains and the colors and especially rust that comes with then. Lucky for me there is a train museum a short drive from where I live and I shoot there often. This is a shot of the interior of an old mail car. I understand in the old days the train would travel the tracks and grab mail bags off of hooks on the side of the railroad. These bags had mail in them and were sorted in a car like this and put in new bags to be dropped in towns where they were going along the route. Kind of cool.


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Train Yard

Train Coupling, Nobesville, IN

Train Coupling, Nobesville, IN

I love what I call Sunday Photo Day. This past Sunday June 30th Debra and I headed to the Indiana Transportation Museum. I have been shooting there for year and there are all these old trains and some of them have the most beautiful rust and decay.  Did I mention I like rust and decay? So here is the first of many I took that day. I hope in the coming weekends I can go out and shoot more there. I haven’t even begun to capture all of what is there. I’ll post more here over the coming weeks.


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Live From Decay

20061020_trains_-0154 wcrNature has a way of claiming what is hers.  So many times in my travels I see nature taking back what was hers.  This was very evident in this shot.  I stumbled upon an old box car and it was rusting away.  Out of the rust was the beginnings of a new plant.  Maybe in 50 years there won’t be anything but a pile of rust and dirt and a lot of new plants.  Made with an IQ180 camera from Phase One.


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Train In The Valley

Glenfinnan‑Viaduct – Scotland

The Scotland trip continues. Today is the last day of shooting followed by closing ceremonies tonight. This has been an excellent PODAS workshop as we have photographed so many great places, made new friends and had a few laughs. Makes photography a lot of fun. The attendees from the workshop are from all over the world and it’s great to see how a passion of photography is common everywhere. This shot made with the Phase One IQ180 is of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This was the last run for this train until net spring.

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