Through The Lens 37 – Fireworks!

Ever wondered what 709 seconds of fireworks looks like?  Here’s all of Illuminations from center stage at EPCOT in one shot.  Not perfect, but not bad for a first try.  Looking forward to trying it again later this year.

Through The Lens 36 – Snow on the Narrow Gauge

Since we’re in the middle of a heatwave here in the mid-atlantic region, I thought I’d share one from winter’s past.  This one was taken on a private photo charter on the Durango & Silverton back in February 2011.  Enjoy and try to stay cool out there!

Through The Lens 35 – Boeing Turns 100

B-29 Superfortress - Fifi

Today is the 100th Birthday of the Boeing Company, so I thought I’d share a photo of one of my favorite aircraft, the B-29 Superfortress which was first introduced in 1944, helping the United States win WWII.  Currently “Fifi” is the only flying B-29, but if things go well on Sunday, “Doc” will become the second flying example.

Through The Lens 34 – Monocacy Battlefield

14th New Jersey Monument - Sunrise

Since tomorrow is the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, I thought I’d share one from the archives – Sunrise at the 14th New Jersey Regiment Monument taken on the morning of the 150th Anniversary, July 9th, 2014.

Note: Due to technical difficulties user error this posted a week late.

Through The Lens 33 – Happy Independence Day!

Yeah, I know I’m a couple of days early, but with fireworks displays scheduled throughout the holiday weekend, it seemed appropriate. This one is one of my favorites from the Capitol Fourth fireworks show on the Mall in Washington DC. If the weather cooperates, I may head down again this year.

Through The Lens 32 – East Broad Top Machine Shop

The East Broad Top Railroad Machine Shop is one of those places that you enter and instantly go back in time.  It looks as if the workers left yesterday even though yesterday was April 14th, 1956. With the railroad not operating, tours are rare, but if you have the chance to go, take advantage of the opportunity.  You won’t regret it. 

Trip Report – Atlanta

Atlanta Skyline

I made a quick trip to Atlanta last weekend for the American Association of Woodturners annual symposium.  While I was there I managed to squeeze in some photography. 

Above is a blue hour shot from Jackson Street Bridge which is the classic location for photos of the Atlanta skyline. 

Below are two shots from The Varsity which happens to be another great location for photos of the Atlanta skyline. All of the red neon looks great at blue hour.

The Varsity

The Varsity

Trip Report – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 734

This past February I attended a photo charter at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad hosted by Lerro Productions.  The charter included a full day of photography on the railroad plus a night session at Cumberland Station.  With 734 almost out of operating days before a required major rebuild, the charter sold out quickly as many photographers wanted to spend one more day with one of their favorite locomotives.  As it turns out, due to a landslide on the line a couple of weeks after the charter, this would be the last time 734 ran all the way to Frostburg.

After lunch the clouds rolled in, so rather than shoot in poor lighting, a couple of us elected to head back to the caboose and ride with the brakeman for the rest of the afternoon.  This turned into a portrait shoot since this particular crew member takes great pride in accurately dressing the part for these photo shoots.


Finally, 734 was parked in front Cumberland Station for one last night session before her rebuild.  What made this on unusual is that she was turned facing East when most night sessions had her facing West to take advantage of the water spout at the other end of the station.

It will be a few years before 734 is running again since the railroad is focusing on restoring C&O 1309.  Current reports indicate that the WMSR’s “new” steam locomotive will be running next year.  As always in the world of steam preservation, “it’ll be done when it’s ready.”

Through The Lens 30 – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 734

734 simmering at Cumberland Station while waiting for permission to proceed down the line – or more accurately, 734 is parked at the station for a night session during a photo charter hosted by Lerro Productions this past February.  Stop back next Tuesday for the trip report.