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.
What a great shot! The barn really anchors the foreground and those steam trails are amazing.
Thanks Joanie! The weather really worked out well that morning. With clear skies, no wind and the temperature hovering around 20F, the steam in the exhaust made a perfect plume that just hung in the air forever.