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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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