Title: “Here’s The Problem”
Canon 40D 28-135mm @28mm 1/125 sec, F/10, ISO 250 AP
July 8th 2009
1/125 sec, F/10, ISO 250 AP
Here’s the Problem was where I had a little bit of luck happen for me. In this instance, I was simply the viewer who was at the right place and at the right time. The 4449 steam engine train was supposed to arrive in Downtown Fargo at around 3pm. I just happen to have been standing next to the local news crew who got a phone call saying the train had some problems and was going to be parked at our State University overnight. There were probably a couple hundred people standing and waiting for this train that was not going to be making it to this location… So, I took a few silent steps back and made my way to the car to drive a couple miles to the NDSU campus. When I got there, some people had arrived; along with the news crew I was standing next to at the station.
This image was one of the few clear shots I was able to get without people climbing on it and getting their own images taken on or near it. I took a walk down the train heading west and at the time it was only one guy working on the wheels of the train. Another had arrived a short time later to see if he needed any help and finally the third person, the man on the far right, stopped in as well. What made this image just to my liking is that it is truly timeless. We have three men, two of them wearing blue overalls and another in a simple dark blue shirt with blue jeans on. Nothing in this image really dates this photograph. It could have been taken anytime in the last 100+ years.
I had taken maybe 3 images of this scene; the first scene only had two people working on the train. This is the second scene and the third scene had the bald man using the towel to wipe his hands.
Once I brought this into photoshop I removed a water bottle that was just sitting there next to the towel as that was the only thing that was keeping it timeless. I also darkened some small light traps that were showing through the wheels from the other side of the train. Once all the light traps were gone, I brought this image into Nik Silver Efex and worked on it becoming the best Black and white toned image I’ve created. With Silver Efex all 10 zones are shown on the bottom so you can see exactly how toned the image is becoming once moving the sliders in the program. Click here if you want to know more about the Zone System:
I titled it: “Here’s The Problem” and it’s received a merit award in 2010, It also received a Kodak Gallery Award in 2010. It has been shown at Art Galleries in Fargo and in Minneapolis.
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