ricklecompte November 29, 2017
Where did you take this great shot?
kimmedlong December 26, 2017
Where was this image taken!!??
wklein June 12, 2018
This is a great shot from of a unique looking train. Well done!
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ivanbrown June 12, 2018
,well done great shot
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HeatherHills June 13, 2018
Great shot, would be nice to know where this was taken and what it is..looks a bit like the front of a plane and the body of a train..
kjfishman June 13, 2018
Taken at the St.Louis Museum of Transportation?
FrasMax42 June 14, 2018
Awesome shot bud, didn't think this loco existed, best angle to take it at too

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Behind The Lens

This image was taken at the National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood, Mo. The train itself is a 1955 Aerotrain. It was an experimental train designed to be a high speed option. It wasn't very successful, but it is a gorgeous train.
This was taken mid-day on a very clear and very bright day during the summertime. Basically, the worst possible time for normal photography. Fortunately for me, I rarely shoot traditional photography. :)
This image was taken using a camera modified for infrared light. So, while it was the worst time of day for a normal camera, it was pretty much the best time of day for the type of camera that I was using. So, what is worth sharing about the light is that it is mostly infrared light, which affects the sky, vegetation, contrast and the amount of detail in the image.
This was a handheld shot with one of my IR modified Canon 60D. The camera has been modified for infrared light, meaning that I had the factory filter on the sensor removed and replaced with a filter that only allows infrared light (that we cannon see) and the deepest reds to show through (a 720nm conversion). The vast majority of my work is down with infrared. One of the artifacts of the conversion that this was shot with is white vegetation, even though this image was taken in the summertime.
The train itself. Near as I can tell, it was one of three ever built, and only one of two still in existence today. It is an absolutely phenomenal train to see in person. The shot itself took a bit of work to get done, as the train itself sits right next to a huge storage shed, and I had to frame it so that the train would hide the shed without Photoshop work. A person doesn't even have to be a fan of trains to see that this one is particularly striking.
Infrared images, by their nature, normally require a decent amount of post work. This one was an exception. Aside from converting to b/w and doing some adjustments to the RAW file, this is pretty close to out of the camera. These is less than five minutes total processing work on this image.
In my camera bag
As I shoot almost exclusively infrared, my bag is a bit unique. I keep two different infrared cameras in there, as well as several additional infrared filters. My primary landscape lens is a Tokina wide angle, and my primary human lens is a 50 mm Canon prime. I also keep a few flashes, a off camera flash transmitter and a few receivers (you never know when a little extra light is going to complete the image). Beyond that, I keep the normal things that one would have... stash of batteries, memory cards, flash gels, basic cleaning supplies, straps, and things of that nature. When I know I will be working with people in the shots, I carry a second bag with supplies more geared towards them. But I always have all my primary bag equipment.
I did make sure that I had permission to walk out next to that train. Its sits away from the other exhibits and it is important to me to follow the rules. The added benefit is I got about twenty minutes with one of the volunteers who helped restore this beauty, so I came away with a lot of behind the scenes information and a new appreciation for the train itself, and the wonderful people who helped bring it back to life (show life... no engine anymore, so it wont drive under its own power again) for people like me to enjoy.

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