Union_Pacific_Yellow_1_AC4x6Okay, terrible Beatles’ song title ripoffs not withstanding, I had a ton of photography fun a few weeks ago. Not only did I have the rare opportunity to see my corner of West Texas in full bloom, but I also had the chance to shoot a bright yellow train in the middle of all of the floral festivities! The Union Pacific train engine was a perfect match to the thousands of Black-Eyed Susans littered the side of the train tracks near Monahans, Texas. I give special thanks to my awesome husband who maneuvered our car into just the right position for me to hop out and get this great shot of the locomotive just before it disappeared over the hill.

I shot today’s featured photo with an f-stop of f/11. I used a semi-fast shutter speed of 1/400 seconds to stop most of the train’s motion as it thundered along the tracks without sacrificing the bright hues of the flowers and sky. To keep the blue sky from getting washed out, I chose a low light sensitivity ISO speed of 200 and no flash. Since the train is a huge subject, I photographed it with the small zoom lens so that I could get all of it in the photograph. Consequently, the camera’s focal length was short—only 18 mm. Finally, I used Photoshop to add some of the contrast between my dark and light colors back into the photo, so that the scene looks more natural. I hope you all like the results of my work. Let me know if you have any questions about the photo or want to know more about how to shoot something like it.

Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better!


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