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January 6, 2009 – DOF

Comin Round the Bend

Comin Round the Bend

Ever since I was a little guy, I have had a fascination with trains. It might have happened because my grandfather was a railroad man and always talked about his time on the railroad. It may also be that they represent another age and time gone by. They were built to last and were workhorses getting a job done that required lots of power and strength. I’ve has this particular Lionel set since I was a small boy and it was my dad’s before that. It is quite old and to be honest, I don’t even know if it runs anymore. It now adorns a display shelf in my home. The massive steam locomotive and its complexity of engineering are in contrast to my memories of a more innocent day and time when life was a little more carefree and simple as a young child. Every kid loves a train. Thus, it is the subject for today’s photograph.

I chose the train because it was in a low light area and provided the opportunity to use a wide open aperture to get some great depth of field (bokeh) in the image.¬†While the front end of the locomotive has some good detail, the rest of the train from the coal car on back lacks detail. I love these types of shots as they draw the viewer’s eye to a particular part of the photograph that is important in helping tell the story.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, macro focus, ISO 800, f 2.8. 1/25 at 9:34 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 6/365