Monday, 6 April 2015

Photo Session - The Sequel

An unusual load has arrived in the Quebec Junction yard.  The engineer of the 1-spot is probably wondering how the local yard crew is going to unload this large piece of equipment!
Words and Photos by Peter Mumby

The last couple of weeks have seen George and I conducting photo sessions at each other's homes on our two 0n30 modules.  We each have older model Canon Rebel Digital SLR cameras.  We set them on aperture priority mode using the highest available f-stop, and use the manual focus option.  The white balance is adjusted to the tungsten setting, and the tripod-mounted camera is set for the two-second timer.  In his layout room George has halogen ceiling lights which can be aimed as required;  in other rooms or at my place we use portable halogen units as our light source.  This set-up has generally yielded well-lit photos with good depth of field, but it certainly isn't the only option available.  George has a Canon pocket camera which he can set directly on the layout for interesting low-level shots.  He still uses an aperture priority setting and the halogen lighting, but the effect can be quite stunning.  As an experiment I decided to try something similar with the IPad; I never cease to be amazed at the depth of field possible with this device and the overall quality of the photos it produces.  Good lighting is still crucial, so the portable halogen units were again put to good use.  I don't think the IPad is ever going to replace the digital SLR, but it does present the photographer with another option.

The Quebec Junction station/freight house is the busiest spot in this neck of the woods.
Today the tank car in the background is the only clue that this is actually a working yard.
Two of the local canines are checking out the crates waiting to be picked up by the local drayman.

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