Searchin’ for that train…

I have some great memories from my childhood, many of which seem to become more and more lucid the older I get, and the more I watch my own great kids grow.  One of my fondest memories was of the Christmas I got my first train set from “Santa” (thanks Mom and Dad; I love you!).  It was a Märklin set, and it included an engine just like this one here, same color even!  Man I loved that train set, and I played with it day in and day out.  Heck, I even had a conductors cap and baton I’d wave about while racing that train around the tracks.  Those memories cam rushing back when I saw this scene the other day, so I was glad I had my little pocket Leica with me to score the brackets needed to create this.  And, while I did not have my big ol’ Nikon D700 and 24mm PC-E (tilt-shift) lens with me, I knew I’d have no problems getting the “toy” look I was after once I got home to my Mac; once I processed my brackets and got the shot looking the way I wanted, all I had to do was bust out my trusty FocalPoint 2 Software (part of OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite of post-processing goodness) and I was easily able to finish the shot off with a tilt-shift identical to what an expensive tilt-shift lens would give me.  Sweet!!

BTW, I processed this photograph to the song Train, by 4 Non Blondes.  Rockin!

Steam Punk!

Hello dear friends.  It is with great pleasure that I post this first message here on “Exposed by the Light”.  I have to thank my good buddy (and fellow HDR Photographer/Urban Explorer) Bob Lussier, without whom this site would not have been possible.  Thank you, my friend!  Why the switch to this new site?  Well… it’s all about the size!  My pictures need to be seen large, and my previous website did not let me present my work the way it was meant to be seen!  That has been rectified!  I believe that this breath of fresh air will also allow me to provide more, and better, content, so come back often, or think about signing up to the RSS feed so you won’t miss an update.  Also, I warmly welcome any suggestions to improve the site.

Regarding the theme of the site, you will notice a sort of “Steam Punk” theme.  What can I say, I’m a fan of the genre.  So, it is only fitting that today’s piece of HDR goodness is… well… a steam engine!  I shot this one in Leipzig, Germany on Track 24 of the Hauptbahnhof.  If you ever get down that way, do take the time to check that train station out.  It’s just beautiful!

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