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2015 Great Oregon Steam Up: Part 2

Yesterday’s post from the 2015 Great Oregon Steam Up had images from the Oregon Electric Railway Museum.  Today’s post includes steam tractors, fire trucks, and some farm tractors.

If you read yesterday’s post – just for fun, I suggested that the last photo gave a hint about today’s post.  That hint: IR.  As for the images today: each of these continue my experiment with IR + X100S.

So, let’s talk a bit about the IR process.  With this technique, if you’ve not yet had the chance to work with an IR filter – the images out of camera can look like this:

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A very orangey / red photo.  Blah.

So, the challenge when working with IR images is deciding on the best technique to get them to something that looks interesting.  There are some great techniques out there – and I’m constantly fiddling with mine – but generally my steps include (1) apply my custom LR preset (2) flip the red / blue channels (3) adjust as needed.  The results can look something like this:

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But during this batch, I guess I was feeling a bit impatient, and started fidgeting with the photos after the preset – and I sort of stumbled on what I’m going to call Bleached IR.  So,  here’s a few from that set.

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To be honest, for these very industrial tools – I like this treatment.

But maybe it was the “vintageness” of the hardware that inspired me to add a bit of “remix” sauce to a few.  So – here’s a few with the the Bleached IR + Remix:

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2015 Great Oregon Steam Up: Part 1

steam up - 2000px-20This last Saturday, I had a chance to head out to the annual Great Oregon Steam Up.  It’s an event I haven’t visited in a few years – and much like car shows – these sorts of photos are not my strength – making it a great challenge to pull together a few reasonable photos.  Just for fun – I’m going to split this post into two parts.  Part 2 is scheduled for tomorrow.

So what’s out at Steam Up?  Well, the focus is on vintage equipment: farm tractors, steam engines, fire trucks, construction, and early engines (e.g. hit and miss).  Demonstrations include flour making, logging, and blacksmithing.  And, if that’s not enough, there’s also a swap meet for folks looking for vintage parts and what-not.steam up - 2000px-21

Part 1 of this two part series will focus primarily on the Oregon Electric Railway Museum – a relatively small part of the event – but a part I like to visit.  Within the car barn are a number of pieces from around the world.  And outside the barn are a few (I assume) electric buses in various states of decay.

This year I went light on the gear – just the X100S and the Fuji Instax Mini 90.

If you’re in the Oregon area, you can still make it out there – the 2015 Great Oregon Steam Up runs through next weekend (1-2 August).

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If I remember correctly, the car below is from Portugal.

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These next two photos are part of my recent Fuji Instax experiment.

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And this last one gives a bit of a hint about tomorrow’s post.

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