Wednesday, January 9, 2008

First Railway in the US

Nomad with the Train, originally uploaded by bikerphoto.

This picture is by the first railway that was built in the US. The train is crossing a pre-civil war era bridge made of stone over the Patapsco River near Baltimore. I haven't researched it myself, but I have been told that this railway between Baltimore and Washington was built by B&O railroad. This railway was used to transport Union troops during the civil war. Today it is a main line for CSX, with dozens of trains passing by each day.

Now about the picture. It was taken with an old Minolta 35mm film camera that belonged to my father-in-law. In 1987, this was one of the most advanced 35mm cameras that brough the ability to do photography to everyday people. However, I am not satisfied with the color. The rear portion of the motorcycle is too light red, and the red on the gas tank is too dark, looking almost crimson. I'm not sure if the fault is with the camera, the film, or the photographer (me). If any photographers with more experience that I know what the problem might be, please leave me a comment.


Conchscooter said...

I like the picture and I really like the history . I have an aversion to helmets and gloves in pictures of my motorcycle unless they have a story to tell, but thats just me being irrational I suppose.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely the wrong one to ask what is wrong with a photo.

From my uninformed point of view what I see is a cool pic of a train with a sharp looking Nomad sitting in front of it.

Drew said...

Mike: I think your only problem is being too critical. That is the tricks strong light can play on metal flack paint. You did nothing wrong with this photo. Its all good and includes two of my favs, trains and bikes.