Trey Foerster  

Iola Caboose by Trey Foerster

September 2020 - Iola Caboose

September 2020 - Trey Foerster


About the Image(s)

A former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad caboose now sits on tracks outside the Iola & Northern Railroad Depot on the grounds of the Iola Historical Society in Iola, Wisconsin. The caboose was recently painted a bright yellow with black trim. The black-and-white version gives it an "historical look". Shot at ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/30 second, exposure bias -1 step, aperture priority, 44mm length, pattern metering. I converted the image into b&w in LR, did the initial adjustments, then opened it in TopazStudio for 5 different b&w preset adjustments and used gradient filer at bottom on the track and rocks to darken it, then opened image in PS for some dodging and burning. The final crop is 4x5.

6 comments posted

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Excellent shot. Black and white makes the photograph much more interesting. It accentuates the defects, dents and peeling paint in the train. I also like the symmetry, horizontal and vertical lines and the way the train fills the frame.   Posted: 09/11/2020 21:10:37

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Trey - While the original black and yellow pops, I do like very much what you have done with the B&W processing, and cropping. Excellent image & PP   Posted: 09/12/2020 05:27:29

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
I think the monochrome conversion was an excellent choice. The white pops, making this image much more interesting. The only thing I would possibly change would be to not have such a tight crop - a little more area around the caboose would have worked as well. It is a very nice image.   Posted: 09/16/2020 18:23:52

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Another fine image Trey. As the others have said, the b&w is a strong final image. The detail in the blacks are much stronger. The sky shows you had nice even lighting at the time which always a bonus. You have captured the character of the caboose very well.   Posted: 09/20/2020 02:53:29

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
I agree with the other members of the group Trey, an excellent image and B/W is the right choice.   Posted: 09/20/2020 06:44:06

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
I agree with all that the B&W is infinitely better, adds an aged look and eliminates some distractions in the background. Not sure I care for the vignetting, though.   Posted: 09/20/2020 10:43:53


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