The Lovely Trees; Norfolk Southern/Pan Am Southern Intermodal Train at Shirley.

If I captioned this post, ‘23K passes Shirley’, would you have looked any way?

The other day when Paul Goewey, Bob Arnold and I were photographing trains at Shirley, Massachusetts, I exposed these views of the daily westward intermodal train symbol 23K that originates a few miles to the east at Ayer.

The Lovely Trees: These two massive trunks have fascinated me for years, and make for an excellent means to frame up a photo. Here, in the first view the intermodal train is almost incidental to the scene.

 Exposed with a FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera fitted with a Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens.

Exposed with a FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera fitted with a Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens.

Which of these views of Norfolk Southern/Pan Am Southern’s 23K do you prefer?

A closer view made moments after the first. In this image I've emphasized the train.
A closer view made moments after the first. In this image I’ve emphasized the train.
This is an 'enhanced' version of the above. Working from the RAW file, I've made a variety of subtle changes to contrast, exposure, saturation and clarity in Lightroom as a means of making a more pleasing image.
This is an ‘enhanced’ version of the above. Working from the RAW file, I’ve made a variety of subtle changes to contrast, exposure, saturation and clarity in Lightroom as a means of making a more pleasing image.

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One thought on “The Lovely Trees; Norfolk Southern/Pan Am Southern Intermodal Train at Shirley.”

  1. What a great spot! I like the second (enhanced) version best, but the first one grabs me too. I like the inclusion of the house – it gives a more total “feeling” of the location, while minimizing the train. But without the train, the photo would not be at all interesting to me,

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