- Aperture: f/5.6
- Focal Length: 116mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter: 1/59 sec
- Camera: NIKON D80
What is it about trains that captures the imagination and sends my soul into paroxysms of pleasure? No matter where I am, if there’s a railroad museum, I’m likely to end up salivating by the rails, camera in hand.
I stumbled across this train while roaming downtown Meridian, Miss., working on a special project for The Commercial Dispatch. A pass-through edit of the resulting images reveals what I know but often forget — when I’m shooting what I love, trying to please no one but myself, the pleasure shines through.
As the city — indeed, the entire South — awaits an impending ice storm, I’m content. Warm, safe, happy, working. There are worse ways to spend a weekend.
About the image
A 90-year-old Pullman sleeper car, used in the movie “This Property is Condemned,” sits behind the Meridian Railroad Museum on Jan. 9, 2011. The museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first and third Saturday, features photographs and artifacts detailing Meridian’s history as “a child of the railroad.” (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)