As I’ve mentioned before, I had the privilege of attending the first DLWS trip to Yellowstone. Fountain Flats was our first stop of the first morning. The contrast between the steam and snow vs the silhouettes of the bison made for a great black and white image.
Helmstetter’s Curve on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Photographing steam locomotives in the snow is one of my favorite things to do. The snow acts as a giant reflector bouncing light into the running gear, allowing you to really see all of the detail and textures that is often missed. The cold weather also allows long white exhaust plumes to hang in the air.
With the last post of 2016, I’d like to thank everyone for following along with my photographic journeys. As usual, I’m behind on editing photos from this fall and hope to start posting trip reports in the coming weeks for trips to National Parks in Colorado, two railroad photo charters, a Rosie the Riveter shoot and the Antietam Memorial Illumination.
2017 looks to be another fun year photographically with a National Parks trip in the early planning stages, two railroad related trips and one airshow already scheduled. I’m looking forward to seeing what else the new year brings.
During the night shoot at a Lerro Productions photo charter at the Reading and Northern, a family happened to walk by to see what was going on down at the station. Pete talked them into posing for the photo line in a Polar Express like scene. Just one of those happy accidents that occurs from time to time during photo shoots.
Given the recent fires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area, I thought I’d share a favorite from my last trip. I know the fire has caused significant damage, but the sun will rise again, the damage will be repaired and the forest will regrow.
Every December on the first Saturday (unless postponed by weather) Antietam National Battlefield holds its annual Memorial Illumination. 23,110 luminaries are placed on the battlefield, one for each of the casualties. I managed to get a photography permit for this year’s illumination and I’m looking forward to photographing it again.
One of my other hobbies is growing orchids. Paphiopedilum or “slipper” orchids are a favorite of mine, particularly the sequentially blooming species of which this Paph. liemianum is a great example. It has been continuously blooming for almost 2 years!