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2:42 P.M. At Claremont Station

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 29mm ISO 200 1/160 f/13 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Eastbound  Metrolink train 859 rolls up to the platform.

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2:40 P.M. At Claremont Station

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/13 Lr4,HEP1,TpzSim; PsCS6

All is quiet at the station on a spring afternoon until…

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2:38 P.M. At Claremont Station

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/14 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS6

Originally constructed in 1927 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the Mission Colonial/Spanish Colonial Revival style, Claremont Station is now a embarcation point for the Metrolink San Bernardino commuter rail line.  The station, on First Street at the base of Harvard Avenue in Claremont Village is staffed by Foothill Transit (the local public transportation compan) and serves as a transfer point for bus riders.

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Chino Fire Station 61

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 200 1/2000 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS5

Chino Valley Independent Fire District, Station 61 on Schaefer Avenue in Chino, California.  Their training facility occupies architecturally similar buildings adjacent, just out of frame on the right side (I’m working on a pano of the entire complex to share in the future).  The geometry and then the colors make this image for me.  I like the horizontal lines, the strong vertical lines of the light standard and the flag pole, and the strong diagonal line from the curb in the left foreground.  I also like the repetition of the square and rectangular shapes.


Engine 61 Responding

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 52mm ISO 200 1/500 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS5

Engine 61 pulls out of its bay at Station 61 of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District on Schaefer Avenue in Chino, California.  Engine 61 is a paramedic fire company that consists of a captain, an engineer and  two firefighter/paramedics.  In many cases the captain and the engineer are also licensed paramedics.  After having Chino Valley Fire District personnel respond to my calls for help on more than one occasion, I can tell you these men are the real deal, skilled, strong, professional and heroic.


Proud But Forlorn

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Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 26mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/11 Lr3, HEP!, TpzSim; PsCS5

The Amtrak station in Pomona, California, quietly standing as a monument to the heyday of long transcontinental rail travel.   This station services the Sunset Limited (running between Los Angeles and New Orleans) which passes through three times a week in each direction.  This was the most under utilized station in the Amtrak system in 2010, with an average of 4 passengers leaving or arriving per day.

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No Fear

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

The view towards the west from the Metrolink commuter rail platform at the downtown, Pomona, California station at 3:33:44 P.M., December 6, 2011, as reconstructed in my mind.  As I think about man’s capacity to achieve great and significant works through his intellect and industry, and  his capacity to still manage to reek destruction upon himself and the Earth.  And as I think about the fearlessness of the ignorant and innocent.

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Telegrapher’s Perch

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO 1600 1/10 f/8 =2EV -2EV Lr3, HEP1

This is a period reproduction of a railroad station from 1910 in the San Bernardino Railroad & History Museum.  In so far as it being a historically accurate representation the museum might want to consider re-designating it as a railroad station circa 1920, as the rotary telephone was not invented until 1919.  I do appreciate some of the details, such as the spittoon, the telegraph key (visible in a high resolution view) to the left of the typewriter, and the telegraph receiver above and to the left of the telegraph key.

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Day’s End At The Undertaker’s

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 35mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/22 Lr3, HEP1, CEP3, TpzSim; PsCS5

We came upon this building at the end of a photo walk in Whittier, California.  The sun was actually higher in the sky than this image implies, I split toned it with Color Efex Pro, used Topaz Simplify to reduce detail and Photoshop to remove extraneous objects and paint in some details.  I do believe that the final effect works to illustrate the concept of this being a way station on the final journey.


Ready To Roll

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 13mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

A final image from the Riverside, California Metrolink station, trackside looking north at two EMD F59PHI engines and the pedestrian bridge linking the west and east platforms.  (There are actually three platforms at this station, the west in the left foreground, the middle, between the two trains, and the east, which is behind the train on the right.  Passengers cross from the west to the middle platform at ground level, the crossing is in the right foreground of this image, and at the time the image was captured the ground level crossing was “roped” closed.)

This is my favorite image from the series this week


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.


Signal Tower & Bridge Superstructure

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 1600 1/640 f/13 Lr3, ASSA3; PsCS5

This is the signal tower and west end of the pedestrian bridge at the Riverside, California Metrolink Station.  In addition to the stairways, patrons are served by an elevator in the west brick tower and one in the east brick tower, which was the only way I was able to get up on the bridge for yesterday’s image of the freight passing through.

This image is another example of my practicing simplifying images from the initial photo realism in order to convey more of a general feeling of the subjects (instead of a literal representation) so that the viewers’ minds can fill in any details they may imagine.  There is just the hint of the train in the background of this image, but I believe it is enough to enable the viewer to understand there was a train there.

There was much more detail of individual bricks in the elevator tower in my original capture and I purposely softened the detail and over saturated the coloring of the bricks.  I also liked the two converging lines from the crosswalk and upped the saturation and brightness of those as they converged on the tower and bridge.  And of course the processes I applied, including the introduction of a canvas texture resulted in a very painterly rendering.  (This and all of my images are in my gallery and the tools in the gallery will allow you to see the images in full size or near full size, then the texture will become quite apparent.)


Sunday Freight

Interpretive Digital Imaging

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 24mm ISO1600 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

My photography has been evolving during the past year and I have been experimenting more and more with tools at my disposal to create unique or more painterly like renditions of my images.  (Please see my recent automotive images, in which I modify the context that the main subjects, the cars, are displayed in.)  The exercises that I am engaging in are leading me to seeing my subjects expressed with less documentary objectivity but  instead, expressed with more of my own sensual, and emotional narrative line of thought.   I find myself morphing the images I capture away from photo realism, eliminating or un-focussing details that do not seem necessary to tell the story, or which might distract the viewer, reducing the images to just the essential shapes, colors, lines and tones that expresses what I see but which also might enable another viewer to interpret the scene in a way that completes a story, or creates a feeling in his or her own mind.

This week’s images are another step along the path of painterly renditions for me and I was thinking “what can I classify these images as?”  What genre or style are my images  becoming.  For lack of a better categorization I am going to use the term Interpretive Digital Imaging for the time being.  And I will see where this will go.

It is late Sunday afternoon and while the commuter trains remain idle a BNSF freight train makes its way past the Riverside, California Metrolink commuter rail station.  This image was captured about 30 minutes after the last Metrolink train arrived with Sunday beach goers returning home.  The camera viewpoint is from the top of the pedestrian bridge stairs which lead to the east platform, in the far distance are the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains to the north, poking above the haze and smog layer that extends east from Los Angeles County.


Surfers’ 1949 Plymouth Woody

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 20mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1; PsCS5

The Pasadena show only permitted pre-1974 automobiles to enter, so instead of seeing an infinite array of contemporary fast cars, we had the opportunity to visit a lot of older cars that offered more nostalgia and character.  Back when I was in high school Woody’s were fairly common, now if a see a Woody it is a real rarity.  I really appreciate the wood door panels, the white walls, the rounded snout and that very business-like bumper.  If you don’t know what that is hanging in front of the grill, it is a canvas water bag, water in the bag is kept cool by evaporative cooling.

I used layers and masking to diffuse much of the light and to selectively un-focus the background and rear part of the car, brushing gaussian blurring in various strengths.  I wanted the scene to resemble a foggy day at the beach, and I think this treatment also gives a sense of the car emerging from the past.  I changed the color of the surfboards to make them a little more prominent.