Trinda Love  

Morants Curve by Trinda Love

January 2020 - Morants Curve

About the Image(s)

I shot this photo in Banff, Canada on September 23rd last fall. I shot with my Nikon mirrorless Z 7 with my 28-300 mm lens at 42mm. 1/1000 of a second at F-7.1 and an ISO of 800. It says Aperture priority which surprised me as I was more worried about getting the train sharp than anything.

It was a fairly darkish day, the time on the camera file is wrong, but I'm not sure what time of day it was. Mid-day I think as we got a late lunch on the way back to condo.

We waited with a group of strangers for a train to come by. The RR folks won't tell you the schedule so it's a wait and see situation. I think we waited 45 minutes and got a train heading the opposite direction. I got some shots but was disappointed that it was going the "wrong" way for my aesthetic. We got back to the car and heard another train coming so rushed back to get this. Only one other person did the same thing.
I was surprised at the details in the mountains as it was cloudy and I was so focused on the TRAIN. Last month I saw a shot of this in the snow so decided to try and make it look snow-like by making it monotone and bringing the color back into the train.

That should have been simple but wasn't for me. The train looked blah and so I upped saturation then had to get rid of bright green spots, tiny brush by tiny brush strokes.

I worked hard on this and can't remember everything. I probably did a black and white layer so I could adjust all the color channels separately for better details .

Everyone I asked liked the original color image better, but I liked this version, so here it is.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

John Zhu   John Zhu
I was there last year and I use the exact same camera and the lens those days. I think I waited around 30 min. But my shutter was not fast enough so the train was blur. You did a good work. I don't feel right with this color scheme, maybe original color is better.   Posted: 01/13/2020 15:50:01

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
I love your choices in this image: the use of selectively colorizing the train adding softness to the landscape, and the very light blue (cold) monochrome. What do you mean by a "black and white" layer and selective color channel adjustments?   Posted: 01/17/2020 06:43:56
Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Hi Gordon. I have the color layer on the bottom layer and I added Layers-new adjustment layers-black and white. This gave me the ability to move color sliders to pump up or tone down areas in the black and white conversion so I could have control of the landscape details more. I then used the history brush in Photoshop to go back to the original color layer for the train. But, I worked several hours on this as I kept trying different things, some worked and some were so bad it took a long time to get rid of them. It didn't have to be so hard but I was experimenting.   Posted: 01/23/2020 21:24:40

What a fantastic shot and location! You did great under pressure! The monotone with selective coloring actually makes me think of an animated Christmas movie. I think it does have the snowy scene feel. Awesome work! You should be very proud of your composition!   Posted: 01/20/2020 21:19:33

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I like the whimsical look of the train in the b&w background. The train has a nice curve that leads the eye through the picture. Nice job.   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:49:57

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Congratulations on your image being picked up on Digital Showcase!!!!   Posted: 01/24/2020 06:27:56

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
Love your image in the showcase! Congratulations.   Posted: 01/24/2020 09:02:48

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
When I think back on my childhood, I remember the ads for the old Lionel model trains. This looks exactly like something they'd use to entice us youngsters to convince our parents to buy us a train set. Nice work!   Posted: 01/28/2020 08:32:37