1st prize under 18 photo contest

ALEX MARTIN ~ UNDER 18

1st Place, winning a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment a 2021 Draude's Derailment  Calendar, a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon (Pass this on to your parents, Alex) goes to Alex Martin.

 Alex positioned himself to capture Alaska 2003 exiting a tunnel at dawn from his vantage point inside covered bridge. Very nice use of point source backlighting earned Alex 1st Place.  


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RANDY MOWER

1st Place, winning a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment a 2021 Draude's Derailment Calendar, a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon goes to Randy Mower. Randy's use of mood-lighting, camera angle and composition captured Fist Place. The fact that this is an outdoor garden railway adds to the difficulty of reducing background distractions yet holding very good depth of field.

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PETER JACKSON ~ UNDER 18

2nd Place, winning a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment, a 2021 Draude's Derailment Calendar a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon (Pass this on to your parents, Peter) goes to 15 year old Peter Jackson.

 In Peter's own words:  Here’s Thomas the Tank Engine arriving with his coaches at Farquhar Station. I created the set by combining many types of merchandise and model ranges. I edited the photo by adjusting the saturation, brightness, and exposure levels.

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BILL LANE

2nd Place, winning a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment, a 2021 Draude's Derailment Calendar a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon goes to Bill Lane. 

This S scale scene is filled with extraordinary detail and depth of field. 

A note on composition; when this photograph was submitted it wasn't in contention for a prize, it was actually picked for the calendar as a "filler", a "nice" image, nothing more. The calendar editing software automatically cropped the right hand side of the photo and the "nice image" became a prize winner.  


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TOM SPRECHER

3rd place , winning a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Draude’s Derailment, a 2021 Draude's Derailment Calendar a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon goes to Tom Sprecher. 

Nice lighting and tons of details.

Tom's words on the shot: Junk House – Over heard at the local diner, “you know that junk house down by the creek, I think his name is Earl. You can probably find it there!”

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2021 'GETTING BACK ON TRACK' COVER ~ JOHN BLANDA

John Blanda's minor derailment seemed the perfect metaphor for an unforgettable year, thankfully soon over so we can Get back on Track. It became the inspiration for the calendar name and it earned him the cover of the 2021 Draude's Derailment Photo Calendar. A 2021 Draude's Derailment Calendar, a Free Debt Shredder Team Financial Analysis and $250.00 Coupon are his in appreciation 

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   Congratulations to everyone who entered our photo contest this year! 

Just a few words about Depth of Field, Perspective and De​tails. 

For those of us old enough to have used film rather than digital photography, we remember that retouching a picture was generally very expensive and unavailable outside of Professional Advertising Photography. 

With digital platforms such as Adobe Photoshop (expensive) or GIMP (free) details can be enhanced or altered to help achieve your desired results. 

Depth of Field and Perspective are also very important in creating the illusion of reality. 

These links will give you some insights in using Depth of Field, Perspective and Details to help you improve your model photography.  

https://sites.google.com/site/railphotog/Home

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums

Also check out the Photo Tricks page