Friday, March 13, 2009

Back Photographing Locos


This is what it looks like when you peer into the smokebox (front) of a steam locomotive - only it's a hell of a lot darker - 20 second exposure.



This is a close up of the knuckle of a coupler on an FP7 diesel locomotive - looking more like a piece of pottery than a several hundred pound chunk of cast iron.



Cow catcher on locomotive CP 2816 Hudson (4-6-4) locomotive, weighing 232 pounds, using 10 gallons of fuel per mile, along with 100 gallons of water. You don't take this to the grocery store for bagels.



Here you have an angled view of the front coupler on 2816. It's actually painted black but lit by sodium vapour lamps - and this is after I corrected the colour!



Shots of loco drivers are common - I used a couple in my last book and I was one of a long line of photographers caught by the power, heft, and strength of these magnificent beasts. This time I found the drivers and connecting rods in a particularly interesting pattern, with the lubricator sitting above.

4 comments:

Dave Thomas said...

George:
These pictures have wonderful contrast but are not overly saturated. This is particularly true of the drivers image. Did you do anything more than adding contrast, clarity and a little sharpening in image editing?

George Barr said...

The last image is three exposures blended with Photomatix Pro, some curves adjustments and Akvis Enhancer to increase local contrast taken away in the exposure blending.

The black and white image had Akvis Enhancer on half the image (can't remember though whether it was the bottom or the top), the orange knuckle was slight Akvis and quite a bit of sharpening as I had run out of depth of field just a tad.

George

markus said...

Great images in this Lokos series.
The view into the smoke room might have been a great opportunity for an HDR image? I bet you have thought about this option?

Markus

Johannes Huss said...

What a nice series.. One can easily imagine the smell. Looking at the detail shots, I wonder how raw and inaccurate this iron monster seems to be made, compared to modern engineering.