The Timesaver and Bear Creek Salvage modules.
The Jallen Branch of the BC&SJ Railroad
Oct 1999 - Oct 2002
Have you ever gotten carried away with something you're working on? I mean really carried away?
I wanted to enter the Model Railroader photo contest this year (2000). But when I started going through my slides I discovered a sad fact - none of them were good enough.
So being of stout heart and somewhat unsound mind I went out to the garage and pulled out the Bear Creek module. The 4x8 BC&SJ got sold this summer to make room for the new and improved BC&SJ II but I'd retained the Bear Creek module. So out it came along with camera, flood lights, tripod and a pile of tungsten slide film.
The first pix were disappointing but no matter, there was plenty of time before the contest deadline so I kept trying. The routine became:
Come home from work * Stage scenes and take pictures until 2am * Take the film to Wy'East color in Portland the next morning * Drive back to Portland at lunch and get the slides (it helped having a professional photo lab with 3 hour turnaround on E6 slides!) * Load the projector after work and look at pix, decide what was wrong and what I should do to fix it * Repeat starting at "Take pictures until 2am..."
It got really old really quick... I was flabbergasted by how many dumb mistakes I made. For example:
Trees planted with a gap underneath * Dust on vehicles * Dust on rolling stock * Fingerprints in dust on rolling stock * Sky backdrop misaligned so the garage door is visible in the picture * Lighting not balanced between backdrop, sun, and fill * Loco lights not on * Bits of scenery on rolling stock * Dust on water * etc...
Someday I gotta make up a checklist!
After shooting 14 rolls of film and coming close to the limit of my
wife's patience ("Are you going to spend all night in the garage AGAIN?" and
"When can I put my car back in?") I came up with 3 shots I felt
were worth entering in the contest. You'll have wait for Model
Railroader to recognize me as winner to see any of those pix
President and Chief Photographer Bear Creek & South Jackson Railroad
Jallen Branch - Contest Entries - 2000