Busy Traveler

Busy traveler at the train station
Lady rushing to catch a train.
Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lens
f/9 1/80 second ISO 1000 52mm
Aperture priority
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I paid a visit to El Paso’s Union Train Depot just looking for a photo opp. This lady was rushing by and I saw the picture. Traveler rushing by with people sitting an waiting for a train. I only had time to raise the camera, compose and click. No time for fancy adjustments and composing. Get the picture. As luck would have it I already took some pictures in the station and set the ISO at 1000. It all worked out great for a nice image.

A view from the far end.
Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lens
f/9 1/30 second ISO 200 18mm


The El Paso Union Depot is an Amtrak train station in El Paso, Texas, served by the Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited. The station was designed by architect Daniel Burnham,[3] who also designed Washington D.C. Union Station. It was built between 1905 and 1906 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

In addition to Amtrak service, the station is served by Sun Metro local buses at nearby stops. There has been intermittent talk of resurrecting streetcar service across the border to Ciudad Juarez since the last trolley rolled some thirty years ago.

The station’s office space are occupied by the Texas Tech College of Architecture, which opened in 2013. Sun Metro was formerly headquartered in the space until it moved in 2014. – Source Wikipedia

Broke Hungry Traveln

Homeless person
Random Homeless person. I think I woke him up as I walked by.

This guy’s sign got my attention. I was doing a walk around downtown El Paso when I passed by this guy. I was actually trying to find some interesting shots of a neighborhood called Duranguito. It’s an interesting battle between some activists and City Hall. City government is in the process of razing most of the neighborhood in order to build a multipurpose arena. There are charges, counter charges, lawsuits and lies on both sides of the issue. The undeniable truth is that Duranguito is a slum. There is nothing in Duranguito of any historic value. Common sense says, “burn the place down”. That’s how I feel. There are plenty of people that disagree with me and that’s fine. However, none of their arguments make any sense.
The one touchy issue for me is the use of eminent domain to kick people out of their homes. I’m not a lawyer but I know one thing. People on both sides of the issue lie their asses off. So this issue will probably be settled in court.

Old rundown building of no value
Soon to be demolished

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Target of opportunity

As I was making a U turn this guy popped out of the fire station.

I had just finished photographing the Pancho Villa Stash house and was making a U-turn to get on my way when this fire engine came roaring out of the fire station. I immediately reached for the Nikon D-7500 but I still had the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye mounted on it. Of course I snapped the picture anyway. When I got home and looked at the image I almost tossed it because it was very small. I cropped it anyway, then polished it by sharpening the image, removing noise and removing the artifacs.
The moral of this story is:
What’s the best camera?
The answer is always, “The one you have with you.”

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Christmas Decorations

Christmas House
The Fred Loya House decorated for Christmas.

I was eager to test my film equipment, especially the Gossen Luna Pro in more difficult lighting conditons, so I headed out for the Loya House. I used the Pentax 67 medium format camera, Gossen Luna Pro light meter and Kodak Portra 400 film. All of it worked beautifully. I’ll be writing more about my adventures with film because I just got started with this medium.

I scanned the negative using my Epson Perfection V550 scanner. This is not the most expensive scanner by far but it does the job. I did buy different software for the scanner, because I thought the Epson app lacked a lot of capability. I got a package called Silverfast, which does a lot more as far as noise reduction and image optimization goes. The process is slow however, taking more than 2 1/2 minutes per image. That’s OK however since I don’t plan to do a lot of scanning. For those of you that have never scanned slides or negatives I have one word of advice. DON’T! Scanning is a time consuming, irritating pain in the butt. I have already started to order my developed film to be scanned by the developer. It’s just too big of a hassle for me. The developer I use is The Darkroom. You can google them if you like. Good service, good prices. I have also used Dwayne’s Photo Service with excellent results. The main difference I have found is The Darkroom provides a postage paid mailer.

There is one use for the scanner that is important to me. I have a shoebox full of old nagatives that go back to the 1920s all the way up to the 1970s. These I am scanning slowly, a few a day. More on that later.


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