Category Archives: Steam Locomotives

Michigan Train Tracks in the Fall

Train tracks are great subject matter for photographers. In this Northern Michigan image the lines lead you through this great fall scene.

This line not only lead my eye through the image, but then my imagination takes over and leads me to more great shooting locations somewhere down the tracks.

In May I will be teaching a Photographic Workshop in Italy, we will be riding a train from Venice to Florence. Working with the group for a couple of days before heading into the Siena Province and then onto Rome; the fun will be when imagination takes over as we head down the tracks.

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

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Engine #1225 The Polar Express is on its way North

Yesterday I was able to capture a few images of the Polar Express as it headed to the North Pole. What a great day spent with a good friend and photographer Thomas Nighswander and as we waited for this Magical steam engine on its way north from Owosso Michigan. I have been wanting to capture images of Steam engines but there never seems to be enough time and old engine #1225 is a great one to start my Steam Engine series.

Polar Express Topaz Adjust HDR

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

It is a hard call deciding if I like the image as traditional Black and White or with a Sepia tone added to it. I used the HDR pallet in Topaz Adjust 5 to process both Black and Whites.

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

Polar Express Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Adjust HDR

Topaz has a new program called Glow that I ran this program through. It is not my normal way to process an image but it is a lot of fun. It gave the Polar Express a truly magical look as it heads to the North Pole.

Polar Express - Topaz Glow

Polar Express – Topaz Glow

For anyone with children or anyone with the heart of a child I recommend taking a ride on this wonderful old steam engine. The Real Polar Express will be will be departing for the North Pole!!

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