RailPictures.Net Photo: NKP 765 Nickel Plate Road Steam 2-8-4 at Lafollette Junction, Tennessee by Ron Flanary
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» October, 1993
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Railroad photography has changed dramatically from the days of film technology. A good case in point is this pan shot, taken with a Nikon FE2 and Kodachrome 64 transparency film. If I had my current digital model (a Nikon D600) 20 years ago when this shot was taken, the improvement in image quality would be remarkable. The current generation of full-frame digital cameras have incredible range in low light conditions, with less “noise” (the equivalent of grain, back in the day)—worlds ahead of silver halide film. However, railfan photographers of the film era (and much earlier than the date of this shot) had no choice but to work with the available image technology of the day, so they did the best they could under the circumstances. Black and white photography gave photographers greater options in terms of light, but it wasn’t color. In this case, it was the last shot of the afternoon on an overcast and increasingly dark evening. The only other good shot from this day was a 300mm tele (mounted on a tripod) where the movement of the train relative to the film plane of the camera was minor, thus allowing a 1/30th shutter speed. The only option here was a pan shot, taken as the train passed over a bridge north of Lafollette, TN on the way back to Knoxville with an excursion. It was taken with a 50mm lens—wide open—at 1/30th. Veteran photographers from that era had to be creative to deal with the slow speed of Kodachrome in low light conditions. Sometimes you got a good shot, but most of the time results were marginal. In this case, the image imparts the feeling of speed of a steam locomotive thundering along on a cool fall afternoon. The photo depicts former NKP 765 as a stand-in for the real "C&O 2765" as she steams south on the ex-L&N KD Subdivision, en route from Corbin to Knoxville. No---L&N's M-1 class 2-8-4s did not operate here, as they were banned south of Corbin because of trestle weight capacity limits.
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