DRAUDE'S DERAILMENT 2nd ANNUAL 

MODEL​ RAILROAD PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR CONTEST WINNERS, YOUR PRIZES WILL BE AT THE STORE AFTER THANKSGIVING 2018!

WHILE WE HAD MORE THAN 10 AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS SUBMIT OVER 70 IMAGES IN 2 CATEGORIES, ONLY 1 PHOTOGRAPHER SUBMITTED WORK IN THE UNDER 18 CATEGORY. 

THERE WERE NO PROFESSIONAL ENTRIES THIS YEAR SO WE WILL BE DROPPING THAT CATEGORY FOR THE 2019 CONTEST.

WE ADDED AN HONORABLE MENTION CATEGORY THIS YEAR 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 12 YEAR OLD ALEX MARTIN FOR TAKING FIRST PLACE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN THE UNDER 18 CATEGORY.


CONGRATULATIONS TO RANDY MOWER FOR HIS ATMOSPHERIC B&W FIRST PLACE WINNING ENTRY IN THE OVER 18 CATEGORY.

 RANDY TOOK ALL HIS SHOTS ON HIS OUTDOOR RAILROAD. 

ONE OF HIS OTHER FINE PHOTOGRAPHS ADORNS THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.


DAVE RESSLER TOOK SECOND PLACE WITH HIS 'CROSSING THE BRIDGE' SHOT TAKEN ON THE STIEGEL VALLEY RAILROAD IN MANHEIM.


TOM SPRECHER CAPTURED 3RD PLACE WITH HIS GOLDEN VALLEY CANNING COMPANY STUDY TAKEN ON HIS HOME LAYOUT.


HONORABLE MENTION GOES TO JOHN BLANDA. THE HONORABLE MENTION CATEGORY WAS CREATED BECAUSE OF THIS PHOTO.

MANY PHOTOS OF TRAIN LAYOUTS LOOK DOWNWARD FROM SOME OBSCURE POINT IN THE SKY ONLY ATTAINABLE FROM A DRONE OR HELICOPTER. JOHN'S PHOTO COULD EASILY BEEN TAKEN FROM THE ROOF OR UPPER WINDOW OF A STRUCTURE SIMILAR TO THE ONE AS SHOWN IN THE BACKGROUND. IT REMINDED ME OF A LOCATION AT THE DILLERVILLE YARD IN LANCASTER. 

JOHN ALWAYS SUBMITS A NUMBER OF FINE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON HIS O SCALE LAYOUT WHICH CONTAINS A NUMBER OF PERSONAL HIDDEN GEMS. 


ATTENTION TO PERSPECTIVE IS ALSO EVIDENT IN ALEX MARTIN'S WINNING ENTRY. 

THE HEIGHT OF HIS CAMERA IS CONGRUENT WITH THE HEIGHT OF THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS, MAKING THE PERSPECTIVE BELIEVABLE.  THE SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD MAY HAVE BEEN INTENDED OR IT MAY HAVE BEEN DUE TO EQUIPMENT LIMITATIONS, IN EITHER CASE IT MIMICS TELESCOPIC LENS SHOTS OF PROTOTYPICAL EQUIPMENT. 

TOM SPRECHER, IN HIS OWN WORDS, USES "LOTS OF LIGHT" THIS DOES 2 THINGS, IT ALLOWS FOR A MUCH SMALLER f STOP FOR GREATER DEPTH OF FIELD, HOWEVER IT FLATTENS OUT THE SCENE LEADING TO THE APPEARANCE OF AN OVERCAST DAY.  

RANDY MOWER'S USE OF LIGHTING AND SMOKE/FOG TRANSPORTS HIS GARDEN RAILROAD TO CASS WV OR FROSTBURG MD. HIS PERSPECTIVE COULD BE FROM A CUPOLA OR A TALLER STRUCTURE AS BOTH ARE HINTED UPON. 

DAVE RESSLER HAD A COUPLE OF ENTRIES WITH SPOT-ON TRACKSIDE PERSPECTIVE AS WELL, WHICH LEADS TO MY FINAL THOUGHTS.

  

CAN A SMART PHONE BE USED TO TAKE QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS? 

UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, YES.

I'VE ENLARGED UNCROPPED iPHONE PICTURES FOR PUBLICATION IN 2 BOOKS "THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED" AND "PASSING TRAINS", BOTH 11X14 COFFEE TABLE BOOKS. 

IN BOTH CASES THE SCENES WERE ONCE-IN-LIFETIME SHOTS AND I HAD NO OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE.

 I'VE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY USED A PHONE TO CAPTURE HD VIDEO.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1SX2a4P3YE

THE OPENING SHOT AND THE CLOSING SHOT ARE THE SAME TRAIN AND THE SAME LOCATION, I'M STANDING WITH MY CANON VIXIA ON THE LEFT AND MY iPHONE 5 IS PROPPED ON THE TIES. 

ON THE FLIP SIDE, IMAGES DEGRADE HORRIBLY WHEN CROPPED OR THE "ZOOM" FEATURE IS USED ALLOWING ONLY MINIMAL ENLARGEMENT . 


EVEN AN INEXPENSIVE POINT-AND-SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA WILL PROVIDE BETTER RESULTS THAN AN EXPENSIVE PHONE.

MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO USE THE PHONE AS A PHONE AND USE A DIGITAL CAMERA WITH A REMOVABLE SD CARD FOR MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY.


THANKS AGAIN TO ALL CONTEST ENTRANTS, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!


HAROLD WALTERS

www.PassingTrain.com