Making a Photograph Look Old

Photograph of a steam locomotive crossing clear creek at the Georgetown Loop in Colorado
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Colorado.

Train Tuesday.

Someone asked me one time, “what’s your best technique for making a photograph look old?”

My response. “Take the photograph and wait 50 years before you look at it”

In all seriousness though, for several years I made quite a bit of money at art festivals selling photographic prints of steam trains, converted to sepia tone and placed in vintage wood frames.  It was a staple of my printed product line for several years.

 

Obsolete Camera, Cheap Lens, Iconic Photo

Union Pacific 4014 at the Laramie, WY Historic Rail Depot – May 4th, 2019 (Photograph by Tim Meseros)

Photography can be a lonesome venture. Particularly when one retires from the business, but still continues practicing the art.

Like many retirees who are hobbyist/enthusiast photographers, and that’s what I call myself now that I’m no longer actively seeking clients, we look to the social aspects of photography to fill the void of working with people professionally.

I have a couple of friends whom I regularly shoot with and many others who I bump into along the photographic trail. The biggest challenge for me in this regard is finding people who have the time and inclination to venture out with me. Most younger folks still have day jobs and relegate their photographic activity to weekends.

Tim Meseros is one of my best friends and also an amateur photographer who travels with me from time to time. He doesn’t do Facebook groups and keeps a very low online profile. Tim and I have been taking photography trips together for close to 10 years now.

We were reviewing our photos from the recent trip to photograph the Union Pacific 4014 and when I saw one of Tim’s photos from the trip, I asked him if I could use it on my blog. That photo is the shot in this blog entry today, taken at the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot in Laramie, Wyoming.

Taken with a Canon EOS 50D and a EFS 18-55mm kit lens. Proof that a ten year old camera with a dirt cheap lens can take a great photograph. Tim nailed this scene and created what I consider to be an epic photograph of historical significance. It has everything one could hope for when composing a train image.

It depicts a singular event, in a specific location, at a specific point in time, that is unlikely to be repeated again. The composition is perfect, displaying a historic railroad locomotive on its maiden voyage after being rebuilt and returned to service from decades of being a museum piece. It was Tim’s first time out photographing trains with me.

As my thank you to Tim for having the desire and patience to travel with me from time to time, Tim gets his 15 minutes of fame today.