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Dimensions1920 x 1309
Original file size651 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken20-Jul-16 19:32
Date modified21-Dec-16 17:46
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D800E
Focal length66 mm
Focal length (35mm)66 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/500 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


What are these 4 small objects set against a big Southwestern sky?

Fenceposts? Outhouses? Distant barns?

None of the above.

In our "Natural Eye" workshop, Eddie Soloway encouraged us to take different views and perspectives on our natural world, including looking up at our subjects.

While walking around downtown Santa Fe near the railroad station, I noticed that a GE railroad locomotive engine had 4 exhaust stacks lined up along the top of the engine. I positioned myself to minimize any framework from the cowling of the engine, and to just show the mounting plate and the exhaust stacks against the big sky and lovely clouds.

If you zoom in on the stacks, you can see that the sides and tops are made of a heavy wire mesh to allow the exhaust to escape.

I visualized this as a black and white image from the start.