Train Graffiti

Today’s post is another image from the train yard in Lawrence, MA that I grabbed last weekend.  The sky was gray and lifeless on this cold morning, so I tried to fill the frame as much as possible with the boxcars and avoid showing too much sky.  While these types of cars are typically non-descript, the graffiti can sometimes be quite interesting.  I probably would’ve passed right by this car were it not for the colorful artwork sprayed across its side.  A little Photomatix to bring out the textures, and Focal Point to draw the eye to the door, and I was done.


Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with good times spent with family and friends.

I wanted to post an image today that was symbolic of the new year/new beginnings, etc., but I just couldn’t find one that worked.  So instead, here are some trains that have questionable symbolism at best (maybe I’m on track for something, or need more train-ing???).  Anyway, I met up with Bob Lussier over the weekend for an impromptu shoot at a train yard in Lawrence on a cold and gray morning.  The bitter cold made our time outside short, but I was able to grab a few images that I liked, including this one.

After seeing one of Bob’s images converted to B&W, I decided to try the same with this shot.  Not sure which version I like better, but I’m definitely liking the processing options using Perfect B&W from OnOne Software.  It provides so many ways to convert images that you can really find something to fit any taste and style.  I hope to try more of this in the new year.

Parallel 2

Today’s post is one of the few shots I got while on vacation last week in New Hampshire (we were too busy skiing and sledding).  In the warmer months, the Hobo Railroad provides a great opportunity for families to travel through scenic NH along the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, and also has lunch and dinner train rides as well.  This time of year however, it sits dormant, and can make an interesting photo subject.  Since it’s right on Rte. 112, it’s very easy to simply pull over and grab a few shots, which is exactly what I did to get this one.

Camer settings:  ISO 200, f/3.5, 18mm, 3 brackets