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Old Oct 22, 2009, 8:36 PM   #1
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Default West Viginia Part 1: Railroading

Here are some from the New River Gorge area of WV that feature the my second pastime and interest: railroading. The Fall colors were beautiful and the overcast skies on some made for some nice lighting. K20D + DA*16-50.

A CSX Coal Hauler travelling across Hawk Nest Lake.


The now abandoned yet restored downtown area of Thurmond, WV. The rail lines are active but main street is no more.


The railroad station at Thurmond which serves as a whistle stop for Amtrak's Cardinal that runs between NYC and Chicago


The tracks are strictly speaking "off limits". . .


Some images of waterfalls to follow in Part 2.
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 9:44 PM   #2
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Interesting little "non" town. I see the off limits didn't stop you from getting your shot.

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I really like these pix jelpee,
Its nice to see that its not left to self decay, the depot is quite a classic!
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Hi jelpee,

Very nice!!!

I'd say that #1 and #4 are my favorites. In # 4, I like the light in the foreground and the play of the sun/cloud shaded areas on the hills in the BG, but might have taken a step to the right to get a little more spatial separation between the foreground light and the midground structures.

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I really like these pix jelpee,
Its nice to see that its not left to self decay, the depot is quite a classic!
Thanks GW! Yes, the National Park Service has taken over the depot as well as the main street area and has restored both. The RR depot is both a museum as well as a working station. For those not familiar with a "whistle-stop": it is not a regularly scheduled stop, but one where the train will stop to pick-up/or drop-off passengers if needed. Unfortunately, we missed the Amtrak train by 2 hours
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Nice series, certainly beautiful Autumn colours.

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Very nice shots of some well kept old RR buildings. #4 is my favorite as well.

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Hi jelpee,

Very nice!!!

I'd say that #1 and #4 are my favorites. In # 4, I like the light in the foreground and the play of the sun/cloud shaded areas on the hills in the BG, but might have taken a step to the right to get a little more spatial separation between the foreground light and the midground structures.

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Thanks Scott! This was a difficult exposure between the fore, mid and backgrounds that I find the K20D struggles with. I did not think to bracket and do an HDR composite. Another option would have been to use a shallow DoF and focus on the signal only...oh well, I'll try it again next year!

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Thanks Rodney...we were there during the peak season--too bad it only lasts a couple of weeks. It is defintiely peak season in and around my own neighborhood.

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Very nice shots of some well kept old RR buildings. #4 is my favorite as well.

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Thanks Lou...
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[QUOTE=jelpee;1012547]Thanks Scott! This was a difficult exposure between the fore, mid and backgrounds that I find the K20D struggles with. I did not think to bracket and do an HDR composite. Another option would have been to use a shallow DoF and focus on the signal only...oh well, I'll try it again next year!

Hi jelpee,

Sorry I wasn't clear. I was talking about the composition. If you would have taken a step to the right, the signal, trestle(?), and water tower(?) would have been separated side to side a little instead of lined up nearly one in front of each other. . . but it's a personal taste thing. . . I think that you did a great job on the exposure and deep DOF.

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Great series, and great to hear that the NPS is protecting this part of our heritage. Thanks for sharing!
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