Steam Engine Wheels

Photo of the Week – March 11, 2015

These rusty wheels were stored behind the train barn. The original photo was shot in full color, although there was not much color.

These rusty wheels were stored behind the train barn. The original photo was shot in full color, although there was not much color.

Taken: August 8, 2014

These steam engine wheels are stored behind the engine house for the Durbin Rocket, in Durbin, West Virginia. Since these are essentially antique rusty wheels that date back before color photography was common (if at all), it seemed appropriate to convert them to antique photos using a sepia tone.

The initial sepia tone treatment was sort of flat (below), lacking texture and definition. Fortunately, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 provides the ability to create a two-tone monochrome image. The process adds texture to the image as well as drawing out detail such as the trees in the background.

Make a point of exploring "behind the scenes" as much as allowed to get different, maybe interesting photos.

Make a point of exploring “behind the scenes” as much as allowed to get different, maybe interesting photos.

As you will see in past and future POTW posts, I am particularly fond of monochrome images.

Engine wheels in basic sepia tone.
Photographs © 2014 Jeff Richmond

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The Photograph of the Week is a a photo of antique Steam Engine Wheels.

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3 Responses to Steam Engine Wheels

  1. Very good subject for sepia, isn’t it? Where texture rather than color determines the shot, and there is a feel of history. What a story these could tell!

  2. merlinjr01 says:

    Thank you for the comment. I agree, the story would be great.

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