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wheelerdealer January 24, 2015
You took one of my dreamshots, love it. Congratulations!
 
DorisSeybold March 08, 2015
Wow, awesome image!
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smshaffer March 08, 2015
stunning night shot...love the ghostly mist!
 
Joanie2 March 08, 2015
It reminds me of the scene in Tombstone where Wyatt Earp declares vengeance on the Cowboys!
 
WMurrayphotos May 31, 2015
Wow! Stunning image!
 
ovosphotography June 12, 2015
like it!
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HeartandHomePhotography October 19, 2015
I LOVE this shot!
 
KixStrengell October 21, 2015
"Next stop; Hogwarts". Awesome shot!

Midnight Train



An HDR image of a train on display in Portsmouth VA that I had fun with.
An HDR image of a train on display in Portsmouth VA that I had fun with.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture in Portsmouth, VA. There is a train museum there, and this was on display outside.
Time
It was afternoon around 2 or 3pm, when I took it. I used Photoshop to make it appear like a night shot in the mountains.
Lighting
Most of the lighting effects were accomplished with Photoshop. The image was a three exposure HDR image that I then manipulated in Photoshop with other photographic elements.
Equipment
I used my good ol' trusty EOS 40D to capture the image with my kit EF 28-135mm IS lens.
Inspiration
It was there. My friend and I were cruising the town looking for interesting things to photograph and we came across this. I have an interest in older forms of transportation and antiques in general. So, the subject matter led me to find creative ways to bring this old relic back to life, one more time.
Editing
Yes, it is an HDR image that I used Photoshop to manipulate. I added the star field, mountains, steam, and smoke into the image. There is extensive layering to give the desired effect I was looking for.
In my camera bag
I normally carry my EOS 40D, EF 28-135mm lens, EF-S 18-55mm, EF 50mm,EF 70-300mm IS, Nikkor 55mm micro with adapter, ring light, 430ex flash, and remote trigger.
Feedback
Make sure, whenever you are doing HDR to keep the camera as stable as possible, this helps to reduce ghosting. Most of my HDR images I took handheld. I take a deep breath and breath out as I take the shots to help stabilize the shots. Also aligning a focal point with a specific area will also help to keep them relatively similar. I recommend lower ISO settings to keep noise to a minimum, as the added images increase the noise amount. I use Photomatix for my merging as I like their interface and creative possibilities that are offered when doing so. I used Photoshop to create the effects of a still active train. For that all I can say is do your homework on how to manipulate images, and if you are not sure how to do something there are numerous resources for figuring it out, online. Never limit yourself, your imagination is your guide to creating imaginative images.

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