I’ll switch gears from my typical landscape images and return to my rust and decay series. This is a shot of a handle on a boxcar at a railroad yard. I liked the color and geometry as well as the hint of rust.
Nature 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.
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.
Well, I just had to go back and shoot a train on Morant’s curve coming from the other direction. Had to wait like an hour for the train to come and then it was moving very fast. But, I managed to get focus set prior to the arrival and then at a certain point I just blasted away. Here is the one I like best. Taken with an Olympus OMD 5. I feel the sky, curve and colors all work well in this shot. Hope you enjoy it.
I have a collection of images made in old and abandoned trains. I try something new once in a while and sometimes an idea works. This shot was made of multiple images stitched manually together to form this picture. This was a from a number of train cars I found abandoned in a filed not to far from my home. They have since been moved and no longer there. It was such great place to shoot in once and a while.
I love things with rust and I love thing engineered by man. I marvel at the way someone can design something on paper and then be made into a machine that works. This si a shot of a steam locomotive made in Snoqualimie, WA. I shot here for an hour isolating several things going in close and far away. Looking for the right balance of the elements to make a shot. This image is one that works for me.
Yesterday I had a number of meetings and afterwards I found myself in Snowqualmie, a small town 30 mini yes outside of Seattle. I usually photograph this magnificent waterfall there, but the government was redoing the damn and power plant there so there was no access. None the less I found a yard fill of old trains. It’s raining and not too pleasant, so I did not shoot with my big boy cameras. I got my iPhone out and started to look for rust and design. I found it. This is one of hundreds I shot. I like the whole iron feel if it. It had rust another favorite subject of mine . I messed with it a little in some apps to give an old kind of feel and thus this is my image of the day.
Sometimes I find myself coming back to my rust and decay images as I found my self this morning. I am in Seattle for a few days then move over to Olympic National Park this weekend where I will be scouting out locations for an upcoming PODAS Photo workshop. I love ONP and there are so many cool places to shoot. Challenge is timing from one spot to another and time to shoot when there. I will end up having to move around 2-30 people and the logitics are tough, but I am good at that.
Today’s picture is the rusting and decaying interior of an old Pullman car sitting off a railroad siding abandoned and decaying away. I love the texture, colors and the general state of what it is today and what it might have been yesterday. Shot in Noblesville, IN of all places.
Close by to where I live there is a transportation museum. This museum is mainly focused on trains. There are a lot there. Most of them rusty and falling apart. I just love that. They do a fair amount of restoration on these trains and have a special building just for that. It is fun to shoot there and catch restorations in progress which is what this shot is all about. Made with a Canon 5dII in multi expose mode then using an HDR program I made it the gritty look. Then on the iPad using SnapSeed I worked on focus and some selective color to come out with this image.
So many images. I now have quite a library stacking up for the daily blog here. Thought I would change it up today and put some rust back into the blog. Close by where I live there is a transpiration museum and the place has a ton of old train cars in various rates of disrepair and well as restoration and completed cars that are restored. I love wandering this place and also visiting the train shop where the work is done. This is shot is of an old locomotive that is being restored. I have kind of enhanced it a bit and made it somewhat vintage looking to add to the overall feel.