Wordy Wednesday #236 “Infrared Caboose”


I made the above photograph at the Colorado Railroad Museum while shooting with my friend Mark Toal. The Colorado Railroad Museum is a non-profit railroad museum. The museum is located on 15 acres at a point where Clear Creek flows between North and South Table Mountains in Golden, Colorado. The museum was established in 1959 to preserve a record of Colorado’s flamboyant railroad era, particularly the state’s pioneering narrow gauge mountain railroads.

This particular photograpah is actually a composite of several infrared images because on this particular day, this  caboose was being used for a children’s party, with kids and their parents going in and out of the caboose. I tried waiting but just kept shooting hoping to get an image without birthday celebrants but that never happened so I created a composite image that reminds me of the HBO show Carnivàle, despite that show being about the circus—maybe its the effect of the toned infrared photo, who knows…

I shot the image with a Panasonic Lumix G5 converted to infrared capture by LifePixel. Lens was a 15mm Voigtlander with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/11 and ISO 400.



My book The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out of print but you can get a really affordable used copy or collector-priced new copies of the book from Amazon.com.


Author: Joe Farace

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