An HDR heaven in Miami

One of Miami’s best kept secret it the Gold Coast Railroad Museum located at the entrance of Miami MetroZoo. For HDR aficionados, the place will be a treat.

The museum has several lines of trains under one hangar, with four or five locomotives/cars, and more outside. These couple of images will give you an idea of the inside opportunities

In contrast to the trains inside the hangar, the ones outside are in different states of repair or rather disrepair …. which is where the fun begins !!! You will find very dilappadated trains tailor made for HDR images, both for inside or outside images. Samples below.

After working the entire cars, you could go for details, you will have many to choose from, and at the end of the day,  for change of pace, you could go for the model trains. The models are on a building to the side and its air conditioned … a welcome relief. For these, I would suggest trying some motion panning blurs. Trains are predictable so good results can be expected, try different shutter speeds and focal length.

I hope you enjoyed the images from the  museum and will get to visit it.  Except fot two persons, all the Staff is on voluntary basis.

Trip to a PBR event

We have been going to rodeos and bull riding events. Our first was a PBR at Ft Myers Germain Arena. The PBR has two different series with the top being Built Ford Tough Series and the other Touring Pro Division. The top five riders in the second division get to move to the top after ten events and the bottom five from the top series will move down. My event was from the second series and plenty good.

The usual competition takes place over two days with all forty riders having a bull each night. The top fifteen will go to what they call a short round on the second night in which they select the bull to ride … those at the bottom will have very little choice and could end up with bull like Code Blue or Major Pain !!!

If you have never attended an event, you may consider checking for one near you. Exciting, with good photo opportunities. If you are close to the chutes a medium telephoto lens will do. High ISO will be a necessity, most of the ones posted were made at ISO 3200… .it is fun