Photography

Holy Decrosion

I haven’t touched this blog in a while, but there is good reason for this. I took a conductor position with the BNSF railroad in Alliance, Nebraska. I am about to start into my 3rd week of training out of 15 weeks total before I shake baby noob status and become a regular full-time employee. I have been wanting to get out of working in an office and instead working outside and this position definitely offers this as well as the ability to work almost anywhere in the mid-west and western states.

Photography wise, Nebraska speaks to me a lot more than Georgia ever did. The sky is one of the few places in the country that has very little pollution in the sky, the sun starts to bake warm sunset tones onto the terra firma by about 1:30 pm, and there is a ton of interesting farm scenery and plenty of abandoned buildings sprinkled through out. The biggest problem I have will be finding time away from the volumes of books I need to study to pass all of my tests in between my OJT.

I don’t usually go into churches on my own free will, but I spied this abandoned beauty right off the side of the road the first time I was in the area for my hiring session a few months ago. I made a couple of mistakes to chalk up to my list of photography foibles.

  • The D700 remembers what ISO you shot at last in RAW or JPEG rather than just using whatever ISO you dial in, at least this is what I think happened. The camera was at ISO 1250 in JPEG when I pulled it out of the bag and I knew enough to dial the ISO down to 200. Then I switched to RAW to shoot Like a Boss and ended up coming home to discover all my shots were set at ISO 1250. I assume the camera remembered what I was using the last time I shot RAW, but I will have to test this to be sure.
  • When I went inside the church, I started walking around like a clown not being cautious with my steps. Sure enough I stepped right onto the only piece of wood with nails sticking straight up. Lucky for me, the nail was not long enough to make it through the sole of my tennis shoe. FACT- Anyone who has ever been in the military has 1/4 parts blood and 3/4 parts random inoculations running through their arteries and veins.  I now deplore inoculations and anthrax filled up the last remaining space that tetanus would need to occupy my circulatory system. This is why they now mist the flu vaccine straight into my brain via my nasal cavities due to all of the empty space up there.
  • I left my polarizer back in Georgia with my wife who will not be moving out here until she separates in February or March :(

The interior shots are HDR’s that I could barely sharpen due to the higher ISO creating noise problems during the HDR processing and the outside shots are just that, outside shots. Had I not taken the shot of the church from the outside, knowing it was taken in the middle of the day when the sun is the strongest, I would have guessed it was DRI processed, but it is just the Nebraska 5-hours-long sunset at about 1:30 pm with the sun behind my back!

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~Randomill~

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6 responses

  1. herby

    Congrats on the new job.

    I love this series of photos. The colours and the subject matter both speak to me.
    :)

    13 December, 2010 at 1:33 am

  2. The 2 inside are pretty cool… thinking there needs a few more contrasting colors in those exterior shots, but well done.

    14 December, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  3. Julien

    I really admire your photography man! I live in Japan and have been following you since you were out here.

    Interesting that you decided to become a conductor! What kind of work were you doing before??

    Anyway, keep taking and uploading photos! I love following you around the globe.

    15 December, 2010 at 8:55 am

  4. Thank you everyone!

    Julien, those are some BIG compliments! I used to be a network administrator before making the switch to conductor, so far no regrets, but it is pretty early. Do you have a blog of flickr account? I need to get my Japan fix somehow, I am really missing it now that I am gone..

    15 December, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  5. Julien

    Hi Clint,

    I don’t have a blog but I do have a flickr… unfortunately I don’t upload very often. Maybe I should start a blog so we can all get our fix! I found your blog through i,cjw btw.

    I’m living in Japan now, but I was wondering what kind of job would allow one to travel around so much. I really want to find some sort of work that would permit me to do that. Anyway, that was really cool of you to make a tutorial. I’ll have to try it out and maybe make a blog myself!

    15 January, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  6. Definitely get a blog up, Japan is just too interesting to not share!

    I was over there for the US Air Force. I was in at one time and got out before moving to Japan, but my wife was still in and the on that had orders. It seems pretty difficult to get a job in Japan for regular guys like me unless you are doing government work or teaching English. I need to develop some kind of rare, special skill that other countries crave!

    16 January, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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