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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge (D&SNG) Engine

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi RAW
HDR 5 exposure @2EV spread centered on 1/400s
f8, ISO200, 42mm (kit lens- 18-55mm)
Photomatix, and Photoshop Elements desaturation.

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  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 4 years ago

    That hdr process really brings out the detail!

  • It really does Mel. Those steam engines are mostly black and dark grey. White bits are small, paint, steam and maybe a passing cloud. Very wide dynamic range…

    – rjcolby

  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 4 years ago

    Love the framing and treatment Dick

  • Thank you Ade. Sometimes that tight framing is all that saves your image with the odd point and shooters wandering all about. 5 exposures takes a bit of time, and a really good tripod…

    – rjcolby

  • Tony Cave
    Tony Cavealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Dick, lovely detail, should make any train buff drool.

  • Like a cinnamon sweet roll for me, I guess ;)
    Thanks Tony.

    – rjcolby

  • AnniG
    AnniGalmost 4 years ago

    The mono is awesome…and all the incredible detail simply magnificent. Whoot-Whoot!! Great job, Dick!

  • Thanks a bunch Anni. It is mostly that exactly, but had a bit of green up in the left corner, I felt needed toned down. Love your cool words…

    – rjcolby

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so Tots… That town, Silverton, CO is at about 9300 foot, near 2830 metres, elevation, and is an old mining town. That narrow gauge steam train, seems to really belong here. Train buffs have restored it and keep it fit. I’ve ridden it once…

    – rjcolby

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Clive.

    – rjcolby

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    So well done Dick!

  • Thank you Rosie. Glad to see you here.

    – rjcolby

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 4 years ago

    HDR works so well in this b/w image dick… great done

  • Thanks Carol.. It does… It’s so dark that it fascinates me, and with a small spot of white steam to set it off.

    – rjcolby

    STREETJEANS SI...over 2 years ago

    Love this, I grew up by a railroad track, and became a lover of trains, just something about them. :)

  • Thanks. I know what you mean. We had the D&RGW, (Denver and Rio Grand Western) tracks nearby. The trains could carry your imagination on a long journey to anywhere in the world.

    – rjcolby

    STREETJEANS SI...over 2 years ago

    You said it perfectly, you could sit on those tracks and imagine any journey you wanted to, My Mom could always fined me at the tracks dreamin,my home away from home…. Living in South Florida I still go to the one set of tracks we have and still daydream … :) what a memoriy to have huh ?

  • Great memories sure. This narrow gauge train, takes you more to a different time than place.
    This 5 min video will make your heart beat a bit faster…

    – rjcolby

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