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Afternoon Freight #109

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 44mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/18 Lr3, HEP1, ASSA3; PsCS5

A late afternoon freight train passing through Pomona, California, rendered as an oil painting.  This is actually the tail-end of the train, these locomotives are pushing, assisting the  front-end locomotives which are pulling the train.

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Ready To Peal Again

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 1600 3-bkts f/8 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

Among the artifacts on display at the San Bernardino Railroad & History Museum is this old locomotive bell.  A nice jog of the memory of times past actually lived (by some of us) or as reproduced on the motion picture or television screen.  I can hear that distinct sound of a locomotive bell  pealing as it is rocked back and forth on its cradle in my mind.


Running Gear

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, CEP3, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is the forward truck assembly on one of Metrolink’s EMD F59PH locomotives.  There is a wheel here and what I believe is brake equipment.  I really enjoy capturing images of mechanical devices, I believe they are great examples of sculptural art.  As with the other images I am sharing this week I practiced rendering the final image in a painterly style.  I played with overall contrast, adjusted highlights and shadows, modified color tones and reduced details.

I’d appreciate feedback from viewers of these images, what do you think of the painterly effects I am using, and would you like to see more images of mechanical or industrial equipment handled this way.


UP 6051

Another Time

Nikon D7000 28-300mm @ 38mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/9.0 Lr3, HEP1, PsC5; ASSA3

Today’s image was captured  at the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard and Locust Street, at one of the entrances to Fairmount Park, in Riverside, California.  UP 6051 was manufactured by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, in Pennsylvania in 1907.  Locomotive 6051 has a Whyte designation of 2-10-0, thus it has two wheels on the leading axel, ten wheels on the five drive axels and no trailing axel.  The engine weighs 220,500 pounds and was oil fueled.  The locomotive was built for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad as number 642.  It was renumber 6051 in 1921 and in 1936 it was leased to the Union Pacific Railroad.  6051 was donated to the city of Riverside in 1943.  It appears that sometime after retirement someone made off with 6051’s bell which would have been mounted on the U-shaped bracket topside.

While Monday’s image of the street tree had characteristics of an impasto painting style, for today’s image I used a colored chalk filter from the Alien Skin Snap Art 3 palette.  I believe this rendition works well displaying the details of the locomotive and also imparting a sense of time past.