This coming Saturday, May 11, is National Train Day.
In preparation for spending all day Saturday riding trains in San Diego County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County, I went out this morning and took lots of pictures and a few flash videos, all related to trains. Here is a 9-second flash video of the beautiful water fountain at the entrance to the historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego:
On the street corner in front of the Depot, one can loiter and catch lots of train action, including interaction with cars and people. Those videos are not Flash Videos, though, so they need more processing time. Meanwhile, following are a few pictures from my railroading adventure this morning.
The police vehicle was not occupied and I wandered all over the place hoping to see the fine, furry, four-legged K-9 unit, but no luck.
For those who want to watch a longer video, here’s a 2-minute video of San Diego Trolley action at the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego:
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While I was out trainwatching recently I got such an underexposed picture that I couldn’t do anything with it:
Before I hit the delete key, though, I always try to look at a worthless picture and imagine it after a session in Photoshop CS6 Beta or PaintShop Pro X4. When I finished a PSP X4 session with my underexposed train, I had this:
Not only do I like the picture as a whole — I really like the reflection on the rail — but I like it so much that I think I’m going to have it printed (without the black frame), matted and framed, and hung on my wall.