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Western Heritage

This afternoon I decided to take my wide-angle Canon L lens (EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM) and begin playing with it on a macro level. I normally photograph subjects on a grand scale, these same machines, but instead of being two inches tall, they're normally fifteen feet tall or larger with a vast landscape behind them (see my next few pictures). To bring things down to perspective I decide to play around with my Athearn ( Genesis HO Scale (1:87th) EMDI SD70ACe locomotive that I purchased two weeks ago from a local hobby shop.


This locomotive has special meaning to me. Being a native of Butte County, California the Western Pacific Railroad had a huge presence there - even on the western side of the county dominated by the SP - as the county seat and the small city of Oroville, CA served as the gateway to the famous Feather River Canyon, which made this railroad world-famous. Being a rail-fan, I naturally took to the old "Wobbly" and devoured anything I can about it and studying it furiously. Finding out that the old Sacramento Northern Railway (an WP subsidiary) was based in Chico I naturally loved it instantly. Being a mass transit nut my love for interurban railways and traction exploded as a child.


Now a student in college with a major in Journalism I hope to make my living as a writer and photojournalist. Hence why I'm always taking pictures and practically live on Flickr. This locomotive normally adorns my desk but today for some reason I took it off my desk and sat in the kitchen with it, my books spread all around while doing homework...even at 22 years old its amazing what small things comfort you and remind you of where you come from...


The angle of choice and composition on my desk is one that I kinda find humorous. The brown wood grain of the table and the silver of my laptop is kinda a play on the locomotive's paint scheme, by doing what I did and its angle, the 'Perlman Green' pops and stands out while in focus, and the 'Zephyr Orange' feather leafing and the 'Zephyr Silver' long-hood of the locomotive can blend into the background and the computer better. Kind of my way to keep your eye up front, and attentive to the large "WP" on the nose. Of note, the background is one of my recent favorites, two images over "Real Class" ( if you'd like to take a look...


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Taken on January 25, 2012