Continuing where we left off in Part One, one of the hallmarks of a railroad photo shoot is the night photo session. In the case of my trip to the Steam Railroading Institute, there were two, one out on the line at Carland Elevator and a second, smaller Rosie the Riveter themed shoot back at the yard in Owosso. Both were bitter cold nights, but the cold makes for better images of a steam train. A few favorites in no particular order:
Lunch on the third shift
Greasing the Rods
Cleaning the headlight
It was a great two days on the railroad and I look forward to visiting Steam Railroading Institute again.
With all of my photo plans cancelled by the restrictions on gatherings and closure of state and national parks, I’ve been working on my backlog of images that need to be edited. First up in that group were images from a Lerro Photography charter at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan in January 2019. This was a two day charter featuring Pere Marquette 1225. For those who have seen the Polar Express, this is the locomotive that they used as inspiration for the animated locomotive in the movie. They even went so far as to have Skywalker Sound record Pere Marquette 1225 for use as sound effects for the movie.
Over the course of two days, we covered a number of locations over the 15 miles between Owosso and Elsie. The following are a few of my favorites in no particular order:
West Wilkinson Road Sunrise
North Smith Road Farm
King Road Crossing
South Woodbridge Road Crossing
West Wilkinson Road Sunset
Check back next Tuesday for Part 2, including images from the night sessions.
This past June I had the privilege of attending the Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s WWII Weekend with a couple of friends who always inspire me to be a better photographer. To Pete, Matthew, and Mark, thank you for allowing me to shoot with you for the weekend. Also thanks to John for saving me a seat on the flight line for the airshow. Last but not least, Thank you to Dave for inviting me to hang out in the Cafe.
Photographing people is not something that comes naturally to me. But I learned a couple of things from following Pete, Matthew and Mark around for the weekend. First, for the candid shots, it’s all about being in the right spot at the right time. Anticipating the moment is going to take some practice. Second, reenactors are incredibly kind people. When it comes to posed shots they’ll usually say yes when asked.
In June I had the opportunity to photograph Klotz Throwing Company for the third time. With the roof rapidly deteriorating, I made sure not to miss this opportunity. On this trip, I focused on the details.
As I mentioned Friday, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a photo shoot with Doc, one of the two flying B-29 Superfortress’ this past June. The original plan was to shoot one of the B-24’s out on the hot ramp, but an afternoon thunderstorm resulted in the protective covers being installed on the B-24’s which nearly derailed the shoot. Thankfully, Doc’s Friends were willing to allow us to photograph Doc on short notice.
We started with crew and civilian shots on the ground:
And then we moved inside for some cockpit shots:
It was a great shoot, and I hope to have the opportunity to do it again some day. Thanks again to Doc’s Friends and Brett for being awesome hosts and to Pete and all the reenactors who made the shoot possible!
Continuing on from Part 1 and Part 2, Day Three started with a trip up the coast to see Haystack Rock:
Terrible Tilly (Tillamook Rock Lighthouse):
Hug Point Falls:
The original plan was to continue up the coast, but due to the cloud cover, we decided that it was perfect waterfall weather, so we headed to Portland to the Columbia River Gorge. Upon arriving we found clear skies and sun. Go figure. Stops included Lower Latourell Falls:
Upper Latourell Falls:
And because the weather had cleared, the last stop of the trip was Mt. Hood for sunset:
Watching the alpenglow fade on Mt. Hood was a great way to end the trip. Thanks for following along.
Continuing from last week’s Oregon Trip Report Part 1, The second morning of the trip starts in the small fishing village of Garabaldi, which is home to the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, for a Martin Hansen photo charter with the Polson Logging #2 pulling a log train and the McCloud #25 on a mixed freight. We covered a good portion of the line, stopping in several scenic locations including Garabaldi Pier:
Second Nehalem River Bridge:
Hathaway Slough Trestle:
Stasek Slough Trestle:
and back to Smith Lake for the night session:
Thanks again to Martin for putting on an excellent charter and also to Pete Lerro for leading the night session!
While the main purpose of my trip to Oregon in May was to photograph the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, flying into and out of Portland provided some additional photography opportunities. First up was a stop at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on Friday afternoon. We arrived to find Southern Pacific 4449 parked outside in preparation for an open house the next day.
Inside the facility were Oregon Railroad & Navigation 197 and Spokane Portland & Seattle 700:
From there we headed to Astoria where we caught the Riverfront Trolley running with several container ships waiting their turn to run up river:
Flavel House gardens in full bloom:
Next, we headed down the coast and found the wreck of the Peter Iredale:
After spending some time on the beach capturing the wreck under menacing skies, we make the final leg of the trip into Garabaldi for the photo charter the next day.
Last fall, I attended Steamtown National Historic Site’s annual Railfest. The highlight of the event was a night photo session that included scenes at the Sand Tower, Mattes Street Tower and the Roundhouse. I arrived in time for the night session Saturday night and then stayed over to see the event Sunday. Special events included demonstrations in the machine shop, tours of the Office and Stores Building, and of course train rides pulled by Baldwin Locomotive Works #26.
As I mentioned Friday, I attended another Abandoned America workshop at the Klotz Throwing Company last fall. Having been to Klotz earlier in the year I had a better idea of what I wanted to shoot. I wanted to take my time and focus on some scenes that I wasn’t happy with my results or that I missed completely the previous trip.
A.F. Green Insurance:
Main Electrical Panel:
Gulf Petrolium February 1949:
Last but not least, I asked Herb, Klotz’s owner and caretaker, to stand for a portrait: