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The Heisler

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 31 October 2009 in Transportation and Portfolio.

This first photograph of the Sumpter series is totally out of order. But the main reason for going to Sumpter was the photographer's shoot on the Sumpter Valley Railway. No. 3 is the only operating Heisler engine in America; it carried the two passenger cars in which all of the photographer's rode (and from which they were repeatedly dumped to take photographs).

CREATIVITY AND CRAFT - These quotes were on Dave duChemin's blog.

“You’re only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft. Craft is where our best efforts begin. You should not worry that rote exercises aimed at developing skills will suffocate creativity. At the same time, it’s important to recognize that demonstrating great technique is not the same as being creative.”
-Twyla Tharp

“Without passion, all the skill in the world won’t lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.”
-Twyla Tharp

NIKON D300 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 330 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bill from Pacific Northwest, United States

The B&W processing and the vignetting effect are perfect for this subject and this image. Wonderfully done. I particularly like the inclusion of the rail in the foreground which give the scene even more depth. The quotes you added are a special bonus. I totally agree with the sentiments.

31 Oct 2009 6:29am

@Bill: Thanks, Bill.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

The framing for this train is brilliant...and the white vignetting is effective.
Even the over-exposed look is just right.
BTW, thanks for adding the T. Tharp quotes.

31 Oct 2009 7:07am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie. It was done with a preset in Silver Efex Pro.

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, wonderful capture

31 Oct 2009 8:05am

@Yvon: Merci.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot! I like the vignetting and framing. Can't wait to see the rest of the series :)

31 Oct 2009 9:47am

@Anina: Thanks. Tomorrow we head back to earlier in the trip. It's over two weeks until more trains.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

My first thoughts too were the framing of this train is brilliant (Sorry Dulcie lol) phenomenal tones, such a dreamy feel to it and I love trains...its distant sound, sheer magic to me, there aren't enough stars for this Jack :)

31 Oct 2009 11:30am

@Lorraine: There certainly is something about old trains.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderful shot, the processing gives it a wintry feel :)

31 Oct 2009 12:43pm

@bekkah: Thanks, Bekkah.

Florence from Paris, France

I dream to have the opportunity to travel in this kind of old train... must be so... romantic !

31 Oct 2009 12:51pm

@Florence: It was especially romantic before we had been in and out of the cars 25 times.

Irene from France

Wonderful old presentation !

31 Oct 2009 1:19pm

@Irene: Merci.

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

excellent vintage photograph.

31 Oct 2009 1:27pm

@Macrobaby: Thanks.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

A lovely shot as it comes around the bend into the photograph. Interesting processing.

31 Oct 2009 1:31pm

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

I love the way the processing puts the emphasis on the engine. I LOVE steam locomotives, and this is a beauty! Thank you for sharing!

31 Oct 2009 1:36pm

@Betty: The super steam engine is coming in a couple of weeks.

Momo from Montpellier, France

Interesting frame Jack...almost looks infra red...nice timing...great to see these old things run, huh?...and them dancers can teach us all a thing or two I say...

31 Oct 2009 2:10pm

@Momo: Thanks. Love your comment.

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

The iron horse, Jesse James and a whole bunch of indians...! Great shot and processing Jack.

31 Oct 2009 2:32pm

@Michael: Many thanks, Michael.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

I like the vignetting and framing, good job !

31 Oct 2009 2:44pm

@Theys: Merci.

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent b&w

31 Oct 2009 2:56pm

@PATRICK: Merci.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Lovely train. Well done.

31 Oct 2009 3:39pm

@António Pires: Thank you.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool framing for the shot.

31 Oct 2009 3:54pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot, and like what you've done with it......

31 Oct 2009 4:00pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Incrdible shot and framing! Looks like a christmas card

31 Oct 2009 4:07pm

@PD: Thanks.

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

Very, very well done - and the result is perfect!

31 Oct 2009 5:14pm

@Leena: Thank you.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I love this framing and beautiful processing ! Very nice !

31 Oct 2009 6:49pm

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente conmboy!! procesado de lujo!

31 Oct 2009 7:19pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Completely classic, Jack. I love how that round frame has come up.

31 Oct 2009 7:22pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

yes wunderfull i give you 5 stars

31 Oct 2009 7:24pm

@Veronelle: Merci.

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

The vignetting and the b&w processing make this beautiful steam engine look like it is coming out of the past. I know that my husband, a lover of trains will fall in love with this picture, just as I have. Wonderful photography and processing.

31 Oct 2009 9:24pm

@Marion: Many thanks. I have a bunch more narrow gauge track trains coming up in mid-November as part of the Sumpter series.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful old train and nice presentation who works very well.

31 Oct 2009 11:03pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Very very nice! I like the "natural" frame :)

1 Nov 2009 2:07am

@Magda: Many thanks.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent processing and composition. Looks like a poster for a movie.

1 Nov 2009 2:07am

@Bill Brown: Thanks, Bill.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding! Remarkable composition and processing. I like the part of tracks in foreground.
What an incredible photo journey this was.

1 Nov 2009 3:45am

@Barbara: Thanks. I think that in large part it is the processing that makes this photograph.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting processing and effect. Nice.

1 Nov 2009 4:25am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

I love shot...nice presentation and b&w....

1 Nov 2009 6:55am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


1 Nov 2009 7:17pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Cute compo =) like a postcard from the 19th century =)

1 Nov 2009 8:46pm

@daniela scharnowski: Danke.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful composition and nice post processing

2 Nov 2009 5:51am

@Didier DE ZAN: Merci.

Cricket-TammyWarren from somewhere, United States

Extraordinary image. The two quotes are perfect. I guess there is a balance between craft, creativity, individualism, and just having fun. I've noticed lately that my photographs seem to be a reflection of the glasses I'm wearing. LOL True statement.

3 Nov 2009 5:04pm

@Cricket-TammyWarren: My belief is the creativity trumps craft, but an internalization of craft greatly enable creativity. And in my photography, fun trumps all of it.