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    • July 13, 2020 9:17 PM EDT
    • Fred said - "an axe head on a Buzzard's neck"

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      Wow! Such poetic words.

    • July 10, 2020 11:56 AM EDT
    • Ahhhh, my final resting place. It is good to see it is being maintained by confident MOW  people.

             I guess one day, I should start thinking of getting an engaved brass plate to be attached to my "Burial Urn/Tank Car".

        There are no plans yet, and none on the known calendar, of my day, month, or year of demise....!!!  ….but things like that can drop in as quickly as an axe head on a Buzzard's neck.

         Thank you for the memories, Ric, and Jon....and the pictures...

              Fred

    • July 10, 2020 11:27 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      I see you had that problem with the "blue tarp undergrowth"  are there any traces of that after 11 seasons?

      Ha!  That tarp was put down to keep the excavated soil/rock out of the 'lawn'.  It was removed after the mess was moved back nto the hole or elsewhere. But I do constantly snag the lawnmower in weed block we put down in one of the gardens!  That stuff is a myth. Works well for one or two seasons, untill whatever is over it silts in and supports weeds.

       

      Picture brought forward for reference.

    • July 10, 2020 10:16 AM EDT
    • I see you had that problem with the "blue tarp undergrowth"  are there any traces of that after 11 seasons?

    • July 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Through the "way back machine", there is a complete history of the build, the Fryer's Mausoleum, and the root blockng the entrance.

      My chance of finding all that history, other than in my foggy grey matter, is pretty slim.  However, Daktah Jon has unexplored talents to dig up

      the most mundane stuff, so who knows what might show up.

       

      Google is your friend when you use advanced search: DeepCut Tunnel site:largescalecentral.com which turns up lots of photos and the original thread from 2010: http://largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/12414/cvsry-over-engineering-dept-proposes-to-cover-deep-cut?page=1

      The thread features tons of photos of the build, including this one...

    • July 7, 2020 4:49 PM EDT
    • Pete Thornton said:
      Jon Radder said:

      Here are a few more from the JPG previews. I decided that it might be fall before I am confident enough with the new software to post my edits   To start off, a slightly different angle on the diamond at Walk Landing Trans-Load...

       

      I hope you will be holding the camera straight so the horizon is level 

      I noted your uploaded photos are pretty big. I try to keep mine down below 1500 px wide for quicker loading.

       

      Pity we don't have a quicker up-load facility, like GSC's drag-and-drop.  The attachment is rotated, enhanced and cropped in my Photoshop Elements.

       

      Hi Pete - Unfortunately, the attachment link is not working for me. I'll mess with it later. But thanks for your comments and effort.

      That shot is nearly square with the camera almost level . Notice the trees on the right and the roof line of the building!  The track the boxcar is sitting on is a fairly steep grade, as is the track with the train. Track Cross-level is bad here too. In other shots I can see how tipped the hoppers are after the loco gets on cross-level track.

       

      I upload in high resolution intentionally. Most Evey picture I post is 2048 x whatever. I use a lot of compression to get the files size reasonable. I do this because my on-line photo library is my reference and I want photos I can zoom detail. Years ago I would make two versions, a small under 6-800 pixels wide, and a large 1024 or larger. When Bob's software started handling the wider files, I stopped creating both. It is much simpler to find things in a text listing when there is only one of each image   I'm sure there are those who will complain I am wasting their bandwidth, but if they don't like it they don't have to open my threads. Anyone who wants to see the detail just needs to right click and view image.

       

      EDIT to add your attachment. LSC software was corrupting the link. I'm just posting the attachment file as an image here...

       

      Your rotation looks good, maybe just a tad too far left. I probably would square the engine house roof with the photo edge.  I also kept the foreground to show off some of the plantings that actually grow here, but from a composition point of view, you are getting the subject in a better spot.

    • July 7, 2020 4:32 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Didn't realize Deep Cut was really deep till I saw this with 4 1/2 cars inside.

      Nice pics Jon, lots of action areas to keep you busy

       

      On the ground, to the right of the loco is a yellow sign. Used to stand upright, but it got snapped off. It says <--4 CARS in paint pen. and is placed the exact distance from the portal as the depth of the tunnel. So if you stop before entering, you can get a good visual on what will fit.  I am having issues going in loco first. My new 2-stick radio seems to be having range issues and I loose the loco in the tunnel   I probably didn't plug in the antennae properly when I swapped the boards.

    • July 7, 2020 11:46 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Here are a few more from the JPG previews. I decided that it might be fall before I am confident enough with the new software to post my edits   To start off, a slightly different angle on the diamond at Walk Landing Trans-Load...

       

      I hope you will be holding the camera straight so the horizon is level 

      I noted your uploaded photos are pretty big. I try to keep mine down below 1500 px wide for quicker loading.

       

      Pity we don't have a quicker up-load facility, like GSC's drag-and-drop.  The attachment is rotated, enhanced and cropped in my Photoshop Elements.

       

    • July 7, 2020 9:41 AM EDT
    • Through the "way back machine", there is a complete history of the build, the Fryer's Mausoleum, and the root blockng the entrance.

      My chance of finding all that history, other than in my foggy grey matter, is pretty slim.  However, Daktah Jon has unexplored talents to dig up

      the most mundane stuff, so who knows what might show up.

       

    • July 7, 2020 6:50 AM EDT
    • Didn't realize Deep Cut was really deep till I saw this with 4 1/2 cars inside.

      Nice pics Jon, lots of action areas to keep you busy

    • July 7, 2020 2:27 AM EDT
    • Kid-zilla approves!

    • July 6, 2020 5:47 PM EDT
    • Here are a few more from the JPG previews. I decided that it might be fall before I am confident enough with the new software to post my edits   To start off, a slightly different angle on the diamond at Walk Landing Trans-Load...

       

      And a wide view...

       

      The train also set up several shots in Deep Cut...

       

      Headed North into the wye...

       

      Backing down the wye toward Indian Hill Junction...

       

      Then backed up clear of the switches to pose with all the activity at Indian hill Junction...

       

      Leaving the junction crossing Indian Hill Bridge...

       

      Passing the church and approaching Coal Dump Curve...

       

      So I think that covers all of the scenic locations.  The North tail of the wye is pretty ugly as is the elevated track heading back indoors beyond 'the curve'.

       

       

    • July 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Jon sent me the RAW version of one of his pics (very close to the second pic in his first post here) and I fiddled with it a bit. Here are 2 versions of it, one heavily cropped:

       

       

      Those are nice Jim!   I'm making a little progress on the software side. Darktable is not intuitive at all and learning the how the UI worked took me some time. I'm still not sure I will use it for much more than a RAW file converter from within GIMP.  I just need to figure out some good default values for it, one of the defaults throws my colors way off!  So yesterday after some putzing around, I got this same pic into GIMP.  GIMP's UI and terminology are very similar to Photoshop, so I'm picking that up quicker than the highly technical darktable.  This is by no means what I would consider a finished work, but this is where I ended up with only a few hours invested in both programs...

       

      In comparing to your un-cropped edit; you managed to bring out much more of the detail in the loco's running gear, but I still like the color temp of the rocks in mine - it is closer to what it actually is. Of course, never having been here, and not being a New Englander, you probably don't have the glacial till rock that we do for comparison.

       

      I am back to work part-time tomorrow, so I may not get much more progress made quickly. Maybe Ill post a few more of the JPG previews. There are at least 1 or 2 more that I think came out great!

    • July 6, 2020 8:30 AM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      Jon,

       

      The plantings are magnificent!  What beautiful, beautiful work!

       

      Eroc

       

      Thanks Eric   But in reality, when it comes to gardening I'm just a hack. I buy stuff, plop it in the ground and most of it dies. After years of repeating that cycle I have been sticking with what will grow here. Some of those trees are going on 15 years old now with lots of trimming along the way. The bright green Sedum is really like a  weed; Even broken off parts will root and grow!

       

      The sunlight in this area around the curve has also varied a lot over the years due to changes in trees and shrubs surrounding it. My neighbors both have tall hedge rows, one of which has grown to over 25 feet!  We used to have mountain views from our back porch. Now all we see is his tree line! We also had a tornado a few years ago and lots of big trees were lost surrounding us. We suffered nearly no damage.  The changing light conditions have changed my gardens dramatically. Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees that were doing great 5 years ago have all but died off. The ones that are left are sparse, but those Arborvitaes thrive.  I have some Creeping Jenny ground cover that has migrated to follow the sun!

       

      Most of my railroad varies from part shade to deep shade, which is a challenge. Only this curve area gets bright sun, but only for 3 or 4 hours a day. My latest thought is to find wild deep shade plants I like on the islands where we beach our boat and try and bring them here.  So far, the only thing that was moved  from there to here was some decorative grass that probably came across the lake from the mc-mansions on the other side!

    • July 6, 2020 1:25 AM EDT
    • Jon,

       

      The plantings are magnificent!  What beautiful, beautiful work!

       

      Eroc

    • July 6, 2020 12:58 AM EDT
    • Jon sent me the RAW version of one of his pics (very close to the second pic in his first post here) and I fiddled with it a bit. Here are 2 versions of it, one heavily cropped:

       

       

    • July 5, 2020 3:16 PM EDT
    • Thanks Jim.

       

      I uploaded the raw file of that image to my webspace, but I'm not sure if you can download it. Following the link will result in an error as it's not a browser supported file. Maybe I can send it via PM.

       

      I see how you have brought up the background that was hidden in the shadows, but I think the foreground darkened up too much for my taste. I'm sure working from a highly compressed .JPG file did not help

    • July 5, 2020 2:49 PM EDT
    • I downloaded the 2nd photo above and played with it in Lightroom (could probably do better with the RAW version):

       

       

    • July 5, 2020 1:20 PM EDT
    • Ah, after having a bit of time to look at what the internet says about Darktable, it seems to be a free version of Lightroom. Cool! The general consensus is that Lightroom is a bit easier to use and a bit more powerful (i.e. it is a bit more mature) but that Darktable is pretty darn good.

       

      Have fun, Jon! I find sitting and editing images to be fun. Instant gratification and you don't need to wait for glue to dry!