The train rides again (take two)…

For today’s post you’ve got a special treat coming, because the train rides again!  If you recall, earlier this week I posted the results of a little miniature project where I tried some varying depth of field, angles, and such on a model train.  The project results didn’t yield anything breath-taking in picture, but I did learn where the best areas for focusing are on trains.  I found out what appealed to me, what appealed to others, and filed it away.

Then, as luck would have it – I had my camera with me today on the way home from work (there were some other trains I wanted to capture on my way in – but the clouds and lighting weren’t as conducive as I’d hoped – plus I would have been late…).  A now-defunct set of boxcars were sitting on an unused rail near the house, and as I was driving down the access road, I saw this scene with new appreciation. I felt compelled to stop and try my hand at a life-sized model!

The results are much better in my opinion.  The new problem – post processing.  As I always try to keep an open mind, after a little post work on exposure, sharpness and levels I said to myself “Wonder how this would look as a black and white…”  How is this a problem, you ask?  I like both!  So, it’s the new poll here – which do you like?



Feel free to share your thoughts on which should be the “keeper” and why in the comments!  Meanwhile, enjoy my latest choice from WTD as we head into the weekend…

Happy Friday and Happy shooting!  We’ll see y’all back here on Monday! 🙂

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7 comments for “The train rides again (take two)…

  1. April 3, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Definitely the black and white for me. The colors in this photograph aren’t the focus of this for me, so moving to black and white takes our attention to the other elements.

  2. Bea
    April 3, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Same here. The color is kind of blah – with all the blue, it’s almost monochrome already, and what color there is just doesn’t keep my attention. B&W version is much more compelling and keeps my eye longer.

  3. April 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I think the black & white is a more compelling image and the processing brings out depth and detail. The toning is lovely too…

  4. April 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Black and white for me too Jason. The shot is excellent – all those leading lines and geometric shapes – lovely stuff. For me though, the BW version works – and I think its partly to do with the sky, it gives it a really broody moody type feel. I think that B&W blown up and put your the office wall would be great!

  5. Hali
    April 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    The black and white for me too. I really like the way the lines reach together and the b&w really acentuates that. Great shot!

  6. April 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    LOVE the black and white. The colour shot is nice enough, but the B&W wins hands down for me.

  7. May 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Originally, I liked the black and white version the best because the color version really didn’t have any additional pop in my eyes. But then I thought about what you said the subject was that you were shooting. The box cars are defunct. The color image shows more of the wear and tear of the boxcars and their current point in their life, specifically around the areas of the wheels and springs.

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