#114–Gene Bowker–Train Photography

Train Photography

Gene Bowker discusses a new topic for jpeg2RAW, Train Photography.  Gene not only shares his incredible images but also his vast knowledge of his subject, trains.


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Gene Bowker

(Gene’s website – go here for his write-up.

[person name=”Gene Bowker” picture=”http://www.jpeg2raw.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/gene.jpg” pic_link=”” title=”Rusted Rail Images” email=”” facebook=https://www.facebook.com/rustedrailimages twitter=”https://twitter.com/genebowker” linkedin=”” dribbble=”” linktarget=”_self”]I was born and raised in San Diego County, California. My father was ex-Navy and my parents settled there after he left the military. I lived in the same house in Poway, California for 16 years.
During school my “artistic” endeavors were limited to playing the saxophone in band. I began photography with a 110 Kodak that my parents gave me while I was in Middle School.
My love of trains began around age 5 when my parents took me on my first Amtrak trip. We went from San Diego to Los Angeles on the Surfliner. I grew up around the Santa Fe Railroad which is still one of my favorites.
After high school, I moved to Arkansas where I attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. While majoring in Political Science, I discovered the Ex-Frisco and Cotton Belt (Now BNSF and UP) tracks in town.
During my professional career in business management, I have lived in Missouri, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. I recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Aiken, South Carolina.”[/person]

 

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INTERVIEW

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  • How long have you been into trains?

    • Started at age 5 or 6 on an Amtrak train with family…father was a closet railfan with a layout in the garage.  As I go older and had a camera I started taking photographs

  • What makes a good train photo that someone who is not a train enthusiast would like

    • Something historical or capturing the action.  Kind of compared to sports photography…capture at the correct moment.  They how you process afterwards..Black and White or selective color.

  • Why so much in B&W?

    • I have color deficiency and sometimes it is easier to show in B&W to cover what I maybe missing.

    • Brings out details that may be lost in color

    • Gives it a feeling of time

  • How about shooting a steam train on a cold day to enhance the steam?

    • Normally for me it is whenever I can catch one.  The winter does get some really good plume clouds.

  • Shooting from a higher vantage point

    • Look for overpasses or a bridge…I usually prefer a vantage where you can see the cars being pulled.  This gives a sense of what the train is all about and a sense of age.

  • Favorite editing techniques

    • Cropping to 1×3, helps to emphasize the length of the train

    • Nik Effects – Color effects

    • Analog Effects (replicates old camera types)

  • Heritage units – place to find trains especially if you are looking for a particular train.  You can have the site alert you when a train is in your area.

  • What is your view of Rail Pictures?

    • Kind of like Flickr for railfans

    • Need to submit photo and it is evaluate for acceptance

  • What’s your favorite lens for train photography?  Longer lens to avoid distortion?

    • 70-210 f2.8

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geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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