Railyard Graffiti

Railyard Graffiti

In like a lion, out like a lamb, March is skittering off the stage and April is rounding the bend. The CDPB Theme Day (first of the month) for March was Graffiti and in the spirit of March, I decided to offer you one more graffiti post for the month. I will postpone the April theme of “Water” until the second, so that I can make an announcement tomorrow; be sure to check back, it’s pretty cool!

The train is actually moving in this photo, I found the graffiti and was all set when I heard these Canadian Pacific GP40’s chugging on from stage-left. It was a grimy pre-spring day when I was out and the colors were rather bland, so I ran for my trusty over-saturated look to process this photo.

I process all my photos for mitchster.com in Adobe Lightroom only — there is no Photoshopping of any of my photos. I’m a bit of a National Geographic Photographer wanna-be. If you haven’t tried Lightroom, I strongly suggest it, the power and speed is incredible. I can organize and process hundreds of photos very quickly.

One of my favorite options is to copy-and-paste settings — adjust a photo, then copy the settings to another photo from the same shoot and you’re done. In this case I had several photos of the graffiti and after I created the effects you see, I pasted them to several photos and found the one it worked best on.

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  1. Strangetastes
    Strangetastes says:

    No mo snow? I bet you could still get some in early April, perish the thought. 60s here today. My daughter and I plan to go to the Cardinals’ opener this afternoon. However, the skies are supposed to attack us with vigor later today. Let’s hope my camera bag really is waterproof.

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  2. admin
    admin says:

    No mo snow, are you kidding me?

    6-8 inches are falling right now of very heavy very wet snow. I am so sick of winter and snow and cold and wet feet and cleaning my car and falling on the ice and “wintery mix.”

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  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    Gorgeous picture — Fujichrome? 😉 Now if only we had enhanced reality glasses which would apply the color tweaks to everything we see.

    Fifteen years ago I noticed that graffiti in Europe was very similar to that in the US. On the flight back I wondered: How did the graffiti painters communicate? (This was pre-web.) Is it all because of TV shows? Did they have conferences and magazines? Do graffiti-makers travel across the Atlantic regularly enough to exchange ideas?

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