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April 24, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Trains!

“Trains”, I said! locomotive

Dad had just stated with no uncertainty that if me and my brothers were going to get him anything for his birthday it should be HO scale model trains and accessories.

Fair enough. Dad’s retired now, and I remember as kid he was always keen to build a model rail road. Working as much as he did it’s no wonder it was never built, but we did have a few boxes of trains and track and accessories that had been around since my brothers were little, and even though it was a pain to keep the track together on shag carpet, I ran a good many model rail roads as a kid.

I mean, trains. Where I grew up there were trains everywhere, and rail road crossings. For freight trains everyone would just calmly put their cars in park, roll down the windows, and start smoking. Usually the line of cars would pass after twenty minutes or so. Sometimes it would just stop, and then start to run in reverse. It was times like these that things often got tense. Angry men would get into fist fights before the gates just to blow off steam.

Passenger trains were much faster, but Amtrak’s were the longest. The South Shore was more frequent but shorter, and Metra and the L you only got to see or ride, in Illinois.

So we got Dad enough gear to get his rail road up and running, and he’s called a few times to talk trains. Since it was also such a lovely day this past Sunday, where we live, we took the toddler back to the Northwest Railway Museum, except this time it was open and we caught the 3:15 “out to the falls and back”, the last ride of the day, just a small portion of the ride described here.

locomotive steam engine

March 9, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Ambulance Kitchen Car

US Army Medical Service Ambulance Kitchen Car at NW Railway Museum 800

A vintage rail car on display at the Northwest Railway Museum.

March 1, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Snapshots from “Pompeii: The Exhibition”

A few weeks back we hit Pacific Science Center in Seattle for not only their standing exhibits but to catch Pompeii: The Exhibition. The last time I had visited was for King Tut, and I suppose I was not that surprised to find that Pompeii followed the same format, in the same space, with the same inherent limitations. It was too crowded, and catered for the lowest common denominator of museum goer.

On the upside I was able to grab some snapshots of the artifacts on display. I had less luck catching the placards that described each piece.

These were shot on a Nikon V1 set to Program, and thanks for visiting.

February 23, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Tropical Butterfly House

Snapshots fromĀ  the Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA.

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Images were shot on this Nikon 1 set to Program.

 

 

January 27, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Junco and Towhee

We had some very nice weather yesterday. It was also the first day after the girl and the toddler put out some bird feeders. The top photo was taken through a window screen and the lower from outside. Each was shot using the same Nikon D50 with a 300mm Nikor lens within minutes of each other. Except for resizing, they are unedited.

Dark Eyed Junco

Above is a Dark Eyed Junco and below a Spotted Towhee, if I’m to believe Kavanagh, James. Washington State Birds, an introduction to Familiar Species: Waterford Press, Inc., 2000. Print, or at least an illustrator by the name of Raymond Leung.

Spotted Towhee

January 25, 2015 / Gregory Williams

A Weekend Amusement

As noted in previous posts, I do have a thing in mind for this diorama to shoot on film that has nothing to do with zombies. Here I’m just having a little fun.

girl vs zombies

Can’t decide which I prefer.

girl vs zombies

Zombies by Mega Bloks.

January 20, 2015 / Gregory Williams

Getting Closer

old house black and white

A few weeks back I got this notion to build and shoot some dioramas. Inspired no doubt by the toddler lifestyle my household has been living for many months. Stories are an important part of that lifestyle, and imagery is an important part of those stories.

This weekend I had a little extra time to experiment. The image above is getting much closer to what I’ve got stuck in my head. Not quite there, but closer.

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