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Picture of the Week (43) – Railroad Garden

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I apologize for not posting a photo last week. Since the birth of my daughter, Ella, my free time has been significantly reduced. However, I did manage to sneak in some time this morning to post a photograph I meant to post back in April. I better make this quick before that sweet little munchkin wants to hang out with daddy, which I absolutely love! 🙂

On April 23, 2015, my family and I spent a beautiful sunny afternoon at Botanica Gardens in Wichita, Kansas. Botanica is the home of many fabulous gardens ranging from an interactive butterfly garden to the intricate Gene E. Spear Railroad Garden. The railroad garden was the last garden I visited that afternoon, and it was my absolute favorite. If I had knowledge of the railroad garden prior to our visit, I would have allotted additional time to spend photographing the amazing display.

Only seconds after viewing the garden for the first time, I realized a great deal of time, money and love went into crafting the garden. The train track surrounds a handcrafted town equipped with a fueling station, church, barber shop, pharmacy, steakhouse, evening post, coffee house and a community of many interesting looking townsfolk. If you intend to photograph the garden, you will need at least an hour to process all of the intricate details showcased throughout the town...they placed miniature goat figurines on rocks staged to look like mountains...amazing!

The marvelous display was designed by the Wichita Area Garden Railway Society and donated by Gene E. Spear & Wichita Area Garden Railway Society. It was installed back in 2012 and runs daily from May through September. Whether you are a train enthusiast or not, I encourage you to visit the railroad garden before September.

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

About the Shot

Since the train is actively moving along the track, you will need to take a higher shutter speed into consideration. Another challenging factor is the large tree branches hovering over the railroad garden. The branches provide shade in some areas around the garden, but they also allow harsh light to bleed through. These factors create under and overexposed areas within each photo that will need to be corrected in Photoshop. 

Camera Settings and Edits

  • Photograph name: Railroad Garden
  • Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO: 400
  • Lens: 28-105mm L
  • Focal Length: 95 mm
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • White Balance: Custom
  • External Flash: N/A

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