The Zephyr

Black And White Photography, Don, Photography
The Burlington Zephyr changed passenger rail travel forever. Built in 1934, it is both the first diesel-powered train and the first stainless-steel train. It set speed records and new standards for style and comfort. Streamlined, very fast, and stainless-steel, it became known as the Silver Streak. This is Number 9900, the first Zephyr built. It was built by the Budd Company where my dad was the electrical foreman for its construction. The complete train is in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry where this photo was taken. The kind folks at the museum allowed me to come in early to photograph it.

Crew change

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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One of the things we did on our holiday was to take the steam train on the North Yorkshire moors railway. It runs from Pickering to Whitby. It stops at 6 stations. We had had a long day in Whitby and I was a bit tired, I nearly didn’t make the effort to get off and take this shot. I’m glad I did.  It’s so atmospheric and typical of a bygone age.
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8 @24mm.
ISO 200
1/60 at F/8
PP Silver efex Pro II

Street Car Yard

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography


I love my tripod but sometimes there is an image that just needs to be taken, and it doesn’t matter how dark and tripod-less you are that moment. I took this on a Canon 7D at 1000 ISO!! With all the fine details, and especially all the black space I was super worried that this shot would be way too noisy. Though, as luck would have it, my camera handled this light level just perfectly, and I can’t believe I was able to get it so sharp at only 1/15th of a second.

Anyway, I won’t ramble – I just think this is one of my all time favorite images. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

Here She Comes!

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Mobile Photography


It was early in the morning in Greensboro, NC and I was in town to shoot a wedding.  Even when traveling, I try to stick to my exercise plan and since I’m moving very fast to  burn calories, I did not have my camera.  I did, however, have my phone.

Somehow, I ended up between the train tracks, and when the train appeared, I was more worried about getting arrested than about being injured.  As I waved at the Conductor, I’m sure he was thinking “that woman is just not right”.

Steam Heat

Black And White Photography, Laurie


“Yeah …. I’ve got  ::cling cling::  fsssss steam heat”

How many of you hummed that song as you read those words?  Or, sadly, how many of you have never heard of that 1954 song from The Pajama Game soundtrack?

For more images of the annual visit to my city by these historic steam engines, please check out the following links: