Brian’s “black and white challenge”-Part IV.

CSX at Sunrise, Palmer, Massachusetts.

A westward freight catches the glint of the morning sun. Would the photo be better if the train was closer? Exposed on October 5, 2011.
A westward freight catches the glint of the morning sun. Would the photo be improved,  if let the train come closer? I like the inky gloom on the right side of the image.

Working with my old Leica 3A—a camera I’ve been using on and off for some thirty-odd years—I made this image of CSX’s westward Q293 at Palmer, Massachusetts on the morning of October 5, 2011.

My lens of choice was a 21mm Super Angulon, which tends to vignette a little in the corners. I processed the film using my customized chemical formula that makes the negatives easy to scan. This image received virtually no post-processing after scanning, except to remove a few dust specs and to scale for internet presentation.

Sometimes the old cameras yield the most satisfying results. Some of my earliest photos were made with this same camera-lens combination.