Timeless Photography: What's your opinion?

I think it all comes down to preference. 

Kent is right in that just because it isn't color doesn't mean color won't work with it. Jack Delano is most definitely the perfect example of this. His kodachrome look pictures are excellent. 

Don that's a great picture of the steam escaping from, what looks like, the feedwater heater. I've always been attracted to the steam plumes to capture the essence of a scene. Artistically, steam and smoke make a steam locomotive, period. 

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Rusty Traque posted:

I guess part of a timeless photo is making something extraordinary appear ordinary.

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Rusty

1970's at IRM? Track certainly wasn't as good back then as it is today - and yes, know it was all done by volunteers by hand in those days. Quite a contrast to today's IRM. Was just there on Saturday so the contrast between now and then is more vivid.

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Rusty Traque posted:

I guess part of a timeless photo is making something extraordinary appear ordinary.

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Rusty

1970's at IRM? Track certainly wasn't as good back then as it is today - and yes, know it was all done by volunteers by hand in those days. Quite a contrast to today's IRM. Was just there on Saturday so the contrast between now and then is more vivid.

Offhand, I don't remember the date, but I think sometime in the 90's.  The station tracks and platforms were being reconfigured at that time, which is why things look pretty rough.

Rusty

Rob Leese posted:

A MoPac guy posted this on Face Book, and I showed it to the Frisco groups...it generated a flood of positive comments.  For people who had the opportunity to railroad pre-1990's, this photo evokes good memories.

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"The brakeman on Frisco Train 337, the northbound Local from Wichita to Ellsworth, KS, locks the gate after crossing the Mop Pueblo Line at Frederick, KS. 1978."  Glenn Diehl Photo

Boy, oh boy, that is timeless Great Plains railroading.  Crossings at grade on the great number of Kansas and Oklahoma branch lines were typically protected by a swinging gate.  If one of the lines was signaled (as was the MoPac in this photo) the gate would have a controller box attached to it, to set the signals to Stop. 

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

I enjoy both color and b&w. I have a large collection of b&w prints, and the quality varies and is dependent on the developer used, etc. I have always liked a "crisp" b&w, and I specifically do not like color images with the color "boosted" (i.e. vibrant). If the grass is "neon", someone got carried away in post processing the image.

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