Author Archives: Thomas Bethune

About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA

More Eureka Southern/NCRA/ Northwestern Pacific Railroad Equipment Decomposing in Eureka

Part of the North Coast Rail Authority fleet of neglected locomotives. 2014

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VINTAGE HUMBOLDT TRAINS:

THE EUREKA SOUTHERN RAILROAD Central California Traction number 70 at Eureka CA c.1992. I think this locomotive was purchased from CCT for use by the Eureka Southern Railroad (former Northwestern Pacific Railroad). Sadly this unit was ultimately trashed and bashed … Continue reading

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WHAT’S SHOWING AT THE RAA

Forgotten and lost dreams, Arcata Bottom 2020.

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Comet Neowise and Ursa Major.

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Phillip’s House

I happened to see just the lighting that I had hoped for: the rising sun illuminating the front side with a foggy background.

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Sequestered at the Marsh

I took this photograph this afternoon. I’ve been watching this tree for several months, and I realized that it is starting to open its leaves to the sunlight. The tree will be full of foliage within days, hiding the bare … Continue reading

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Wooden Deck

Another shipboard image that I like.

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Bygone Dreams

Something I am working on these days.

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Mummy of the Alabama Hills

Last Autumn in the Alabama Hills , Lisa found this disinterred stone mummy , and suggested that I take its portrait.

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New Work

Red and Green wall near Burnt Ranch. I spent yesterday with some friends on a photographic outing east of home on highway 299.  

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