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Shay No. 7
Shay No. 7

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Trains & Railroads (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: LaPorte, Indiana
Date: Oct 21, 2006
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Galleries: Black and White, History
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2006

This restored steam train is at the Hesston Steam Museum in NW Indiana. I called Hesston Volunteers and got permission to come early before the museum opened. If you like steam trains, tractors, saw mills, etc. it's fun and cheap (free admission).

Converted from RAW to B&W
A lot of dodging/burning to bring out detail in train and darken smoke
Cloned out a foot and hand attached to front of train (Halloween "Ghost Train")and some small distractions in background/foreground
Colored 7 plate in front - it's actually red
Add border
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I wish I could get rid of the wood bin and trash can on lower right. One memeber of SC said I could probably get rid of trash can but I'd be taking a chance since there wasn't enough time to get more opinions.

It was drizzling at time of picture so the sky is kind of boring.

Place: 31 out of 196
Avg (all users): 6.1345
Avg (commenters): 6.8182
Avg (participants): 5.9541
Avg (non-participants): 6.3070
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 354
Votes: 223
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2006 09:58:34 PM
Love these engines and you have captured it beautifully.
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10/28/2006 06:08:15 PM
That's some smokestack!
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10/25/2006 07:57:44 PM
Nice find! My only quibble is I'm not fond of the bit of red at the front. I do like the pirate flag, though!
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10/24/2006 10:36:55 AM
I like the smoothness of the highlights on the engine...gives it a surreal feeling. The smoke is a big plus but the non-descript sky brings it down. I wonder if the background elements were softened and muted into wispy shadows if your subject would carry the impact it deserves...
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10/24/2006 02:32:02 AM
I like the single item in color
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10/23/2006 09:32:36 PM
the smoke is awesome... and i like the little bit of color in there... but my favorite part... the pirate flag!!!
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10/23/2006 09:20:07 PM
Ooo nice train
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10/23/2006 08:36:21 PM
I like this shot. I may have pulled out a couple more things for the selective coloring. Maybe the bell and smoke
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10/23/2006 01:23:05 PM
nice pic
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10/23/2006 12:04:08 PM
Nice touch of red on the front of the engine. Nice light. I think the cropping is a little too tight.
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10/23/2006 10:14:09 AM
Nicely composed photo and the specimen is well detailed in the DOF you selected.
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10/23/2006 09:45:45 AM
The selective desat works great - cool shot!
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10/23/2006 01:21:01 AM
this is pretty badass. love that smoke and everything
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