This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit the Jingle Rails exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indy and managed to capture some decent shots ^^. More photos after the click.
The exhibit features models trains steaming around miniature renditions of famous locations in the United States including Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and more.
I heard about the event through a local photography club and since I’ve always enjoyed model trains so I was quite excited to check it out.
Mt. Rushmore made from bark xD
There were quite a few visitors beside our photography club viewing the exhibit.
Although I forgot my flash and had to shoot most of my photos underexposed to capture the train movement, I still managed to get a few decent pics :)
Train going by Old Faithful in the Yosemite replica.
Grand Canyon (in the background ^^;)
One of the model trains leaving the Grand Canyon valley.
Perhaps coolest of all is that there was a scaled replica of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial from downtown Indianapolis. Was very cool to see a local monument represented among the famous landmarks.
The sets were all very detailed. It must have taken quite a bit of work to complete this project.
Last shot of the Indianapolis set. The Christmas lights on the monument were a nice feature ^^.
I hope you enjoyed the Jingle Rails photos. Did you notice anything different about them? I was using my new ultra-wide angle Sigma 15mm lens for most of the shots. I’ve been contemplating a wide angle lens for some time now and finally took the plunge after finding a nice deal on the Sigma.
It’s a rather small lens compared to my others but given its ultra-wide 15mm focal length, it makes sense. The lens is about 1.5 the size of the Canon f/1.8 50mm lens, a popular lens many people are probably familiar with. This is my first non-Canon lens. Why the change? Mainly because the the Sigma 15mm has a minimum focusing distance about 2 inches shorter than that of the Canon 15mm. Their about the same price (and quality I would say) but the MFD is a big deal since even a couple inches closer can make a big difference on a fisheye shot. Plus, it will work well for figure and DD shots ;)
This 15mm lens is classified as a “fisheye” lens because it resembles, well, a fisheye and lets you see objects in an approximately 180 degree angle in front of the camera. And they really mean it too. I have found myself accidentally sticking my fingers in the shot just because I was holding the lens with one hand as I normally do when I photograph. It definitely has a learning curve to it as exposure in such a wide radius can be challenging and positioning of your subject is even more critical due to the fisheye distortion. But still, it’s an amazing lens and is a ton of fun with shoot with.
Here are a couple sample shots I shot with the new lens.
It makes for some interesting shots, yes? ^^. I am having a lot of fun with the lens so far!
Anyway, time head off for the night. Thanks for viewing :)