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.




Train Tuesday

Photograph of a steam locomotive in Colorado
Durango & Silverton NGRR.

One of the finest heritage railroads in the US is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR.

The train runs from Durango, Colorado through the San Juan Mountains along the Animas River and Silverton, Colorado.

This photo was taken a few years ago near Durango and was featured as a full page image in the inaugural edition of the German magazine “Romantic Railaords”

It has also won me a few photography contests over the years. One of my favorite railroad shots.

Train Tuesday

Train Photography by Gary Gray
Durango & Silverton NGRR on the Animas River in Colorado

It is “Train Tuesday” in my photography group.

It is also “Sunny Tuesday” which is nice to see as I look out my office window. Yesterday was a fairly cold and dreary Winter day. It reminded me of my years living in the Chicago suburbs. The difference, in Chicago the snow never melted and it eventually turned black from automobile exhaust. Naperville, Illinois, a suburban Winter hell and I don’t want to get going about life in Kentucky in the Winter. It doesn’t snow a lot in Kentucky, but there is nothing at all inviting about the cloudy, cold, humid, dreary Winters in Kentucky. I’ll take Colorado any day.

I probably should have made a run to Rocky Mountain Arsenal this morning for some photos, but I’m getting over some kind of bug and just not fully motivated at the moment.

No worries, I did get a handful of decent shots on Sunday morning and I’ll be editing and sending those up to the stock agencies.

I’ve noticed increased bird activity this week. Looks like the migratory birds are starting to come in to the area. That means I’ll need to start looking at the Tree in the Lake for Great Blue Herons. They started coming in last year in late February.

Enjoy your day.