Railroad Trestle in Black and White

By: danitacahill

Apr 12 2012

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Category: Black & White, Lens flare, Photography


Focal Length:20mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Changing gears from baby spring animals to some black and white or monochrome shots.

This one was taken at an RV park in Lebanon, Oregon. I wanted to try out my new 20 mm f/2.8 lens on this trestle. The shots I got of the trestle the first two tries were ordinary and blah-zay to my eye.

But then it frosted. And the sun came out. Both on the same morning.

I loaded my camera gear, dropped the kids at school and headed straight to the RV park on the Santiam River for another try. The shadowy areas on the grass from the abutments were still frosted. The rest of the grass was thawing in the warming sun.

I’ve been experimenting a lot with lens flare and this shot was my favorite for that. What I like about this new wide-angle lens is the flare you see as you compose the shot is the flare you get. With some of my other lenses, I know the lens is flaring, but I can only guess at how it will turn out. I don’t really know until I get home and load the memory card onto my computer.

The color was pretty washed out in the original shot – I think this photograph is more striking in black and white.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


5 comments on “Railroad Trestle in Black and White”

  1. Joey wrote on my Facebook link: “LOVE!”

  2. I love so much about this…the harsh sun creating the flare, the shadow of the trestle, the composition…I think the choice to put it in monochrome was perfect. This is a beautiful shot! Very appealing to my eye for sure!

  3. Thanks for the great compliments! Glad you like the shot.

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