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Most days I’m a commuter, getting the early train at 6:38 to travel into Toronto. This week, however, I have a few days off and I thought I’d see the train from the other side. Now, a lot of people, especially the Brits, have an enduring love affair with the old steam trains. The heritage lines back in the UK do some fantastic work and I’ve been to a few of them in my time. But I also am fascinated by the power of the diesels that run on the GO (Govt of Ontario) Transit commuter lines. They are huge beasts, the locomotives drawing the twelve double-decker coaches.

So this morning I was up early and off down to a spot that I’d previously seen from my journey home and marked it as a likely location. I took 2 cameras, one to shoot wide-angled and slow from a tripod, with a 2-stop ND filter to slow the exposure even further, and one to shoot handheld to get the standard frozen shot.

Then some funky post-processing using my favourite Nik Collection plugins for PS CC to give me the B&W shot and the Kodachrome simulation. See what you think.

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As I was preparing to go to a local rodeo later today, I took some time this morning to look back at pictures I shot at previous events. It’s always good to go back with a fresh eye and I know of some people who won’t even edit their shots for the first time until they’ve been sitting for at least a month. These shots were taken over the last few years, the most recent was 2 years ago. Some I’ve edited previously and some I ‘discovered’ new today.

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This shot had just been sitting on the hard drive waiting for me to come back to it. I hadn’t looked carefully enough at the picture to see the reflection of the fence in the guy’s glasses. That’s what makes this shot for me.

No wonder the guy needed a cigarette – this is what he’d been through a few minutes earlier!
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This was another one that I hadn’t done anything with previously. It just screams Power and Strength.
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As were these two…

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It just goes to show – whoever said that you should never go back, they were just plain wrong.

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