Closer to Bringing it Together

I took this last night, and processed it this morning. I think that I am getting closer to what I want to see.
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Playing with Light

Green house illuminated with flashlight from sides March 2022. I am learning how to improve my light painting skills. It is requiring a lot of practice for me to incorporate what I am learning. It certainly is a lot of fun, and the project is revving up my desire to create.
Sword Fern illuminated with flashlight from sides and top April 2022.
Fiddle Heads light painting with focus stacking April 2022.
Small tufa towers at Mono Lake frontal light 2015.

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Southern Pacific Bakersfield Yard mid 1970s

Bakersfield Yard looking east from the sand tower at the engine service facility. Note the turntable and roundhouse with several yard engines (center foreground), crew dispatcher/RFE office at right edge. The locomotives just below the yardmaster’s tower are likely awaiting a power swap for an inbound Starpacer which the herder will assist by using the mainline pocket. Breckenridge Mountain and Bear Mountain make up the distant horizon.
This image of the Bakersfield roundhouse predates the above image as the backshops are visible behind the roundhouse. Note that yard engines at Bakersfield predominately faced the west as depicted by engine 1230.
This view is was taken to the right of the preceding photo on the same day. This was before the water tank was demolished (I guess early 1970s).
This is my favorite morning view of the west end of the main yard. It is now the quite time after all the nighttime traffic came and went. The crew dispatcher’s building is in the center, and the yard office, switchmen’s locker/lunch room, and trainmaster’s office are in the wooden building on the right edge (note that the water tank is gone in this mid 1970s view). There are two of the ubiquitous “carry-alls) parked in front of it. The two west-facing goats are for switch crews, and the east-facing goat on the turnout track is likely for a local. The yardmaster’s tower is just to the left of the center greenish bright light.

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Remnant of the Former Eureka Southern

I do not have much to say today. Here is a portrait of locomotive before it was dissected and cremated.
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Two Medicine, Glacier National Park
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16mm at f8

I cannot tell you why it is that I like this composition – I did enough to take it, and it still is appealing to me.

same as above, but processed as black and white
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Canon 5dmII 16-35 at f8

The old aircraft were nice to see at the Tillamook Air Museum, but this drew my aesthetic attention.

16 mm, f5.0 at iso 3200

Big mouth jet.

18mm, f8, iso 3200

Big gulp.

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Sony RX100IV at iso 6400

Most “octopus” trees that I encountered, are Sitka Spruce trees that are growing atop a stump of a logged tree. Here in the coastal environs of northern California and southern Oregon the stumps are usually redwood or spruce. In my opinion, the best examples are of trees that rooted atop an old spruce stump. The spruce stumps are less resistant to rot than the redwood, and so they can decompose under the growing tree that is on it. Eventually the stump will decompose into the forest floor, leaving the spider tree as its memorial. If the tree that grows atop a redwood stump is a spruce, it may not last as long as the stump, and so are less common to my eyes*.

*I am not an expert, but these are my observations.

Stump atop a stump atop another stump. Canon 5dmII
A land octopus, Canon 5dmII at 20mm

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Iphone photo iso 25, f1.8

Took these the other day with my phone.

Same day
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Humboldt Machine Works, 2010

When I took this photograph the business had already closed its doors, and soon it was to receive a makeover. I have not gone back to photograph it as it is now. I think the morning light (or is it the glow from high-pressure sodium lights) makes the image. Speaking of lighting, ten years ago there were very few LED street lights. I recall flying from San Francisco to San Diego one evening. Looking out the window, I watched the gold-colored lights of the cities along the coast. They looked like sparkling gems. Nowadays, they must look like sparkling diamonds.

Humboldt Machine Works, 2010

Same image in toned black and white.

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