Images & Observations

Sleeping Trains

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 1600 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Sunday evening at the Riverside, California Metrolink Station and the trains “sleep” until the commuting week begins Monday morning.  The engine facing the camera in the middle ground is an Electro Motive Diesel (EMD) F59PH.  Metrolink has 23 of these engines in their fleet, each one weighs 260,000 pounds and they are each capable of generating 3,000 horsepower and a top speed of about 63 miles per hour.  The other engines seen here are EMD ‘s F59PHI which weighs 268,000 pounds generates 3,200 horse power and reaches a top speed of 110 miles per hour; Metrolink has 14 of these engines in service.  (Source on engine specifications Wikipedia.)

As part of my Interpretive Digital Imaging exploration I used Topaz Simplify to reduce details and give all the prominent features a more soft, paint like appearance, with a little tweaking of the strength of edges.  I then masked in a second layer from the unsimplified image to gain back some detail in the engine in the middle ground and all of the lights.

6 responses

  1. I like the look of a wet brush on this. It’s nice.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    • Thanks, Aaron. I’m fairly happy with this image, one of my concerns is making the images look too “tricked out”.

      October 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

  2. really nice Wayne – looks just like a 1930s/40s travel poster!

    October 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

  3. Binky Blue

    Awesome Mr. Frost! I truly like the water color look on this one.
    Is it for sale?


    October 8, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    • Thanks, BB. For you it is never for sale, you just need to ask and you will receive anyone you want. Anyone else following along, feel free to visit my gallery (link at the top of this page) to purchase your own signed print.

      October 10, 2011 at 7:49 PM

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