Weekly Training: Railroad Photography Throughout the Year (2015)

New Year's Resolution: Weekly Training! An entire year of railroad photography, clocking in at nearly 250 pictures, covering images for all 52 weeks, come rain or shine, heck or high water. Hang onto your butt, it's more challenging than you think. More

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About Bob Campbell

The short of it: over-educated, unemployed, and annoying with a camera. Quite possibly a dangerous combination.

The long of it:
I've been snapping pictures for over a quarter-of-a-century on equipment ranging from a Pentax k1000 to Canon SX700hs - but nothing fancier. In fact, after they retired my Kodachrome 64 film, I hung up the 'real cameras' and settled for "digital pocket snappers." It seems ninety percent of the challenge to taking pictures is to remember your camera (would seem obvious, wouldn't it? But look around at the folks with large, fancy cameras - no wonder they claim the phone-based lens will be the death of real photography). So I do my part and pack it almost everywhere.

I was a latecomer to photography, though, so I had time to grow up in many different parts of the country with my formative stage in the South, but junior high and onward in the Pacific Northwest. The last set of initials after my name tacked on by the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine - making the 'highest degree attained' line of the survey read Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

I still live in the state of Washington with my lovely wife of over two decades who continues to be an invaluable accomplice. For any hazard I manage to avoid, our son does his best to ensure we'll see an early grave.

Having spent a little time teaching, I've grown to miss a captive audience to inflict my photography upon, so thank you Smashwords for providing me a forum for dispersing my imagery pain to be loosed upon the world.

About the Series: Long Long Short Long - Railway and Railroad Images
Welcome to the end of the teens, and possibly the end of many "W" signs along the tracks throughout America. Every time I turn around, I see yet another "No Train Horns" sign. Thus, folks will forget the meaning of Long - Long - Short . Long - and soon register shock when they do hear a train sounding the classic warning series of blasts on approach to an at-grade rail crossing.



Resistance may be futile, but it doesn't mean I can't put the changing of the guard and progress of each year into handy pictorial collections to be enjoyed. Even if the mournful wail of the passing train in distant darkness is lost.



Each book is filled with trains, railcars / rolling stock, track side imagery, and all things railway that make railroads special to a select, and need I say gracefully above average intelligence and creative, group of people: rail fans.

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