Saturday, March 14, 2009

Making Tracks at the Falls

One of the other dispatchers that I work with is also what's known in photography circles as a "Nikonian" and he recently lent me his 55-200m telephoto lens so that I could see how I liked it before I invested in one myself. I took it with me this past Saturday when I went down to New London to take pictures but I was none too pleased with too many of the pictures that I took using it so I decided to take it out for another try on Tuesday and went down to the Yantic River and the Falls that I've taken so many pictures of in the past.

This trip I decided to concentrate more on the Upper Falls and, in particular, the railroad trestle that crosses over the Yantic River in between the two falls. My main reason for this was that the owner of the lens is also a railroad fanatic and I thought I might be able to get a picture or two that he would like. The lighting on Tuesday was none too good as it was very overcast and blah so when I edited the pictures, I decided that they all looked better in black & white. I hope you'll agree!

Towards the tunnel

Just tracks

Trestle tracks

Black & white trestle

Finally, this is my favorite picture of the ones that I took of the Upper Falls and it looked best in black & white, too. At least I thought it did!

Upper Yantic Falls

As far as the zoom lens went, the jury is still out on that one. I'm not so sure I did very well with it at all as most of these pictures (with the exception of the last one) were taken with my regular lens. Hmmmm ...

17 comments:

  1. The black and white filter lends a certain textural quality to the photos. Makes the juxtaposition of the sleek iron/steel look smooth against the rough wood. Seriously.

    How's that for fancy art talk?

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  2. I love black and white, color is nice but........

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  3. Depending on the subject black and white is great.color is good also.just remember for the most part photos were taked in black and white.

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  4. I don't know, I think some of the color ones are just as good.

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  5. I think the lens is a keeper! Good shots! Love black and white.Some photos are just right ror b&w.

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  6. i have always loved black and white shots. these are wonderful!

    smiles, bee
    xxxooxoxxoxooxxo

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  7. I adore B&W and sepia! The tracks look fabulous! My favorite is the 3rd one.

    I'm not sure about the falls... maybe you should have posted the color shots to compare them.

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  8. I am not sure about the falls in black and white but I love the effect using it on the tracks.
    Let me ask you a question, does the camera have a setting to shoot in b&w or do you do that in a photo program after the fact? I see some programs that offer it but have not seen anything that looks that good.

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  9. Great shots Linda but the last one is my absolute favourite - but then I love water!

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  10. The black & white image makes them looks as if they were taken years ago

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  11. I agree with Captain Kirk. (I know...) But the images are spectacular!

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  12. The sparkle in the water really stands out in black & white!

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  13. It takes time to get used to a lens with a longer focal length. You also have to adjust for the lesser amount of light reaching the camera as a result of the length of the lens. I can rarely shoot a lower ISO than 400 with mine. Most time I use the flash to compensate. If you were using the lens on Auto, or without changing a few things it may be why you weren't satisfied. Also, why didn't you like the pics? Blurry? Not zoomed enough, etc. That would help you decide if its the lens, or just that you aren't use to it. Hope that helps, don't give up. Its a great lens to have in your gear bag.

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  14. All are definitely framable and I love the black and white.

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  15. Oh I love the black and white touch! It seems so sad or maybe so epic. Like it tells a story! I especially love the second photo! Wait, I think I fell in love with it!

    I think the Upper Falls look better colored but hey, it still looks good, it seems so abstract!

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  16. I love the picture of the tracks. I like black and white. The kids had a professional take pic's of HM and they are B and W or maybe sepia and I love them..

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  17. the first one is my fave....I love the split track.

    black and white works great with those images.

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