Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad charter (photos)

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad charter (photos)
Posted by mfmalk on Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:28 AM

Last month I traveled to the west coast for the photo charters hosted by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad and Lerro Productions. Three days of bright sun followed by two more of dense morning fog provided great atmosphere and mood. With my cameras I approached these excursions wanting to target dark overtones and the human element within railroading; this collection offers both. What I did not expect was to be so captivated by the brakeman riding on the end car of the log train – I made it a point to focus on him.

Purposely distancing myself from color with this gallery, I removed the distraction of its inherent dynamic emotions, contrast, and visual intensity by working in monochrome to reduce the scene’s essentials. I hope the viewer instead keys in on substance; light, shadow, negative space, lines, shapes, textures, range of tone, minimalism, composition, and relation of elements in the frame. Our eyes see the world in color, with black and white comes the increased opportunity for the observer to instead pause and explore the vital ingredients of each image.



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Posted by Paul of Covington on Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:52 PM

   Thanks, Matthew.   As usual, I really enjoy seeing your work.  I've always been kinda partial to black-and-white, and I especially like the dramatic effect of the stark silhouettes.


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Posted by spsffan on Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:10 PM

Wow Matthew! Those are impressive. And they wouldn't have been half as good in color. You have a great eye. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:26 PM

Great work as always Matthew!  Words fail me, so...Bow

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:58 PM

They fail me too!  Bow

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Posted by mfmalk on Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:06 PM

Thank you everyone for your warm compliments!

The first three days of this charter were perfect late summer days - not a cloud in the sky and bright vibrant colors. The photos are ok, but things ramped up for me at sunset, and really kicked into high gear the 4th and 5th days when the thick fog dominated the mornings. The final day I chose to chase with my car instead of riding the train, capturing some of the best images in this collection. 


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