National Train Day, Jamestown New York.

28 05 2013
National Train Days, Jamestown New York

Rolling stock during National Train Days, Jamestown New York

All photography and post production by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services- Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York

This image is the Straight out of Camera SOOC Normal exposure used to help make the following photograph of one of the rolling stock displays at the National Train Day event held at the Gateway Station Center in Jamestown, New York on May 10th 2013.

Photo of Train during National Train Day in Jamestown New York

Rolling stock display at National Train Days in Jamestown, New York

This image is the HDR version of the rolling stock image above, it is made up of 3 exposures from a handheld bracket using a normal exposure, a -1 and a -2 to make the HDR.

Photo of Train during National Train Day in Jamestown, New York

Rolling stock display at National Train Days in Jamestown, New York

Final version of Train Day Photo

In the final version of the image you can see that I spent some time in Photoshop removing the people in the image. I had to rebuild part of the building using different portions of the brick facade and doors, as well as parts of the passenger train car and the ground on both sides of the train. Also a little adjustment brush in Lightroom 4 to brighten up the train and the copper observation balcony and upper doors.





Barcelona Harbor, Westfield N.Y. Sunsets

27 05 2013
Barcelona Harbor

Panoramic of Barcelona Harbor and Lighthouse
Westfield, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona Harbor and Lighthouse, Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

Panoramic of Barcelona Harbor and Lighthouse
Westfield, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography by Kurt A. Moore, Westfield, Chautauqua County N.Y.

These two panoramic images where made on March 24, 2013. Using a Canon 5D Mark iii and a Canon 24-70 2.8L at 42mm. This is a 5 position HDR pano using 4 of the 7 bracketed exposures that I took at the time, that means that I combined 20 exposures 4 at each camera position and then took the resulting 5 images into Photoshop and merged them into a pano. Then I did a little enhancement in both photoshop and Lightroom to come up with what you see here.





16 12 2012

Finished Timber Frame at Tanglewood Manor untitled-263_HDR_2-2

Two quick shots taken on Dec 14th 2012. These are more HDR images taken at Tanglewood Manor in Jamestown N.Y. I spent maybe five minutes getting the exposure for these. The camera was set on Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure Bracket, the exposure was Normal, -1 stop and -2 stops. The day was kind of grey and lifeless, HDR was needed to force some pop out of the image. Some contrast, clarity and vibrance  where added in Lightroom 4 after efex HDRpro did its thing. The total time on this shot including shooting and processing is maybe 15minutes.

The below image is what the camera picked as normal (this is straight out of the camera)

 

untitled-265-1





16 12 2012
Taylor Tree Service from Ripley N.Y. is helping Frame of Mind Timerwerks

Taylor Tree Service from Ripley N.Y. is helping Frame of Mind Timerwerks

 

This HDR image is made up of 3 handheld exposures taken at Normal, -1, -2 stops and then combined in efex HDR and then taken into photoshop for some final touches.  To start the process off I had to take each image into photoshop to remove elements that the HDR program couldn’t keep from ghosting when the 3 images are combined. Then the images where taken into the HDR program to let it do it’s thing, which I think does a very good job. Then like I stated above it was taken into PS5 for some fine tuning. Location of image is the memory gardens at Tanglewood Manor in Jamestown N.Y.





Painted tanker car update – Railroad car images – Westfield N.Y.

14 10 2011
HDR image

HDR image

HDR image after lightpainting

HDR image after lightpainting - Westfield N.Y. - Chautauqua Co. N.Y.

HDR image after lightpainting and then taken back into HDR software

The top two images are from a previous post showing the image after coming out of HDR efex pro, the the same image after doing some light painting in Photoshop CS5. I like the second image better than any of the straight out of camera image and the straight out of HDR software image but it still wasn’t right, what I envisioned as the finished image. I walked away from the image for awhile, when I  got back to it I took the light painted image into nik software HDR efex pro to rework it. With quite a bit of structure added to the image as well as some tonal control we have made the image look more like what I think it should.

I do this a lot. Walking away from an image and coming back to it days, weeks, even months later to rework it.





Percy in Westfield N.Y. – Railroad image

12 10 2011
Toy train for composite

Percy the toy train for composite

 

Toy train hot glued to a 2×4 that is covered with white foam core. The 2×4 is attached to a bogen magic arm which is attached to a light stand. The magic arm allows me to adjust the position of the 2×4 to better match the angle of the bridge. The train was cut out of the image in PS5 using the pen tool and refine edge function.

 

Rail bridge over Chautauqua Creek

Rail bridge over Chautauqua Creek - Westfield N.Y.

 

The bridge image was taken with a 18 – 135 mm zoom at 38mm. The wires were removed in Photoshop. The image was also taken into HDR software where there was a little work done to enhance the image.

 

Chautauqua Creek bridge with toy train

Toy train on bridge over Chautauqua Creek in Westfield N.Y.

 

Final image. Composite of the two images.





Blue and Yellow Rail cars – Light painted

9 10 2011

Image #1

Straight out of the camera

Image #2

Light painted in Photoshop CS5. Duplicated image darkened down dupe with a levels adjustment layer and them painted away the dupe to shape and highlight sections of the image to give it some character that wasn’t in the original image.

Image #3

The light painted image was taken into HDR software to add saturation, structure (clarity) and vignette.

SOC railway cars

Straight out of camera - rail cars

rail cars lightpainted in Photoshop cs5

Light painted railway cars

Railway cars - light painted HDR

HDR - light painted - railway cars





Sunset over looking lake Erie – Westfield N.Y.

7 10 2011

Sunset overlooking Noble Winery and Lake Erie 2

 

This is from the Noble Winery shot from Aug. The image is a 3 frame HDR with some dodging and burning done with the adjustment brush in Lightroom 3. Lake Erie in the background.





Sunrise on Chautauqua Lake N.Y.

1 10 2011
belltowersunrise

Chautauqua Inst. Bell Tower, Chautauqua Lake Sunrise

 

Sunrise picture of the Chautauqua Institution’s Miller Bell Tower and Chautauqua Lake N.Y. which is in the western part of New York State in Chautauqua County. Sitting at the computer with 40 degree temps outside and just figured a nice summer time sunrise images would make people feel a little warmer. Hope it worked.





Railway photographs in black and white

23 09 2011

Westfield N.Y. passenger terminal Black and White

 

Railway cars in black and white

 

Took a couple of the finished HDR images in nik software’s silver efex to do the Black and White conversion. I think these images convert to B&W very nicely, and the conversion capabilities in silver efex are great you can control all your tones, edges, vignettes, and grain.





Tanker car light painting

20 09 2011

railcar before lightpainting

Make sure you look at the larger images by clicking on the image of your choice.

The above image is a 3 frame HDR image to get detail into the shadows on a contrasty day.

Lightpainted tanker car

With this image I took the results from the HDR combined images into photoshop and did some light painting to give the car a little character and shape.





Couplers – Railway

19 09 2011

Coupler - straight out of camera - normal exp.

The following image is a 3 image HDR  that was taken from the HDR software into photoshop. While in photoshop I did some light painting in a levels layer mask to highlight edges and just highlight the features and details that I wanted to bring your attention too.

Coupler - Rail Road - Light painted





Rail cars – Westfield N.Y.

18 09 2011
Canada Government rail car

Rail Car - Canada Government - Westfield N.Y.

 

3 image HDR of a string of rail cars in Westfield N.Y.





Westfield N.Y. Passenger Train Station

16 09 2011
Train depot composite

Westfield N.Y. Passenger Train Station

A great looking cut stone train terminal in Westfield N.Y. This is the passenger station on English St. If you look in the windows of the station it looks like the doors were closed in the 1940 and nothings been touched since. Roll top desk, old fan, typewriter, old luggage and packages all just sitting in place. Very neat. I would love to get in and do some images. Not open to the public as far as I know.

These are all 3 image HDRs done in HDR efex pro. The composite was done in PS5.





Railroad Crossing – Westfield N.Y.

14 09 2011
railroad crossing

Walker Rd railroad crossing - Westfield N.Y.

 

One more railroad related image. This image was taken at the Walker Rd crossing in Westfield N.Y. There was some work done on it in Lightroom 3 and plug ins to increase the whites in the clouds and enhance the blues in the sky also used the structure slider to sharpen things up a bit. Along the way I darkened down the foreground to keep your eye up in the sky and on the crossing guard equipment.








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