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Monday, July 30, 2012

Train Photofun

During our recent visit to Lancaster, PA for Grenville's birthday celebration which included the Chocolate Express train ride, he toured the engine shop of the Strasburg Rail Road. Since I'm not as big a train enthusiast as Grenville, I opted out of that tour and explored around the train yard. It was fun experimenting with the effects setting on my Canon PowerShot SX120IS digital camera. 

You might also have some of these or similar special effects settings  available on your digital point-and shoot camera. All these photos were taken with the camera's special effects settings without using any software programs afterward.

The steam train stopped at the water tower for a fill-up. This large and very red tower was a hard to resist photo "op."

RR water tower

Various images of the steam engine.

engine shots

The same passenger cars taken with various effects.

passenger cars

The fun image effects used for these photos included super vivid, color swap, monochrome, fish eye, and color accent. Unfortunately, I didn't keep track of which effect was used for each photo — it was a just a fun hour. The collages were put together using Picasa, Google's free photo editor — another way to have some photo fun.

10 comments:

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

It is amazing what we can do with todays technology! I usually never do it though, I sometimes make the photo more sharp and I cut my photographs but that's it. But it is fun to play like that every now and again :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Out on the prairie said...

I used to get to ride on a switch engine at a roundhouse every visit to my grandparents, both my grandfathers worked railroad.

possum said...

Looks like you had fun... If only that vivid color option could be controlled, like the sky and train or buildings, but not the grass! I think I used to have a camera that allowed me to choose colors to enhance. Or was it a program...

Daisy said...

Cool pictures, Beatrice. It's fun to play around with the camera and see what kind of results you get.

CountryDew said...

Great shots. It is always fun to play with the camera settings. I use Picasso, too, and it does a lot of interesting things. Not bad for free.

Sandra said...

i love playing with the settings like this. these are really great, i can't decide if that big red tank is my favorite or the train cars. i would love to ride a chocolate train, but if they serve chocolate i might not fit out the door when it was over.

A Quiet Corner said...

AWESOME collages!....:)JP

Montanagirl said...

I missed this post. Love your trains! Great shots.

Anvilcloud said...

Having fun with the hobby is the main thing. I would have liked to have seen some of these larger. Alas, they are not clickable.

Elaine said...

Like the different effects!

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