Through The Lens 59 – Cathedral of Steam

The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is often referred to as the Cathedral of Steam, a name it lives up to and then some.

For those not familiar with the museum, it houses the finest collection of early locomotives and rolling stock in the nation.  A roof collapse on Feburary 16, 2003 almost destroyed the collection.  Fortunately everything damaged has been restored and returned to display.

Through The Lens 58 – Fountain Flats

Fountain Flats

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.

Through The Lens 56 – Steam in the Snow

Mr. Helmstetter's New Barn

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.