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Thurmond, West Virginia

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Comments (12)

Kevin Childress on January 30, 2011

2000 Census: Population 7

david g Johnson on January 30, 2011

Nice atmospheric picture, Kevin...if it were not for the electrical items...I could picture 'John Wayne' stepping out into the snow.....Say ! population 7, was the town so small, they had to murder start a graveyard ???..DJ.

Jeroen Verburg on January 31, 2011

This one's got it all for me: composition, colour, lines, depth, atmosphere, and the expectation of some antique steam train coming around that corner in just a second. Full medals earned!

Kevin Childress on February 1, 2011

DJ, Thank you, sir! I can't say where those seven people are ... there wasn't a sign of life anywhere and no houses in sight. They must be somewhere a little deeper in the hills. This was a real eerie place - like standing in a ghost town!

Get this - I read an article that in 2005, six of the seven people in Thurmond ran for public office!! What the hell is that all about?

Jeroen, Excellent!!!! I love full medals - I'm very happy that you like this one!

hgf2006 on February 2, 2011

wonderful atmospheric shot, good composition and very nice colors!

greetings from germany hendrik

Kevin Childress on February 2, 2011

Hendrik, Thank you very much - I'm glad you like this one.

Greetings from North Carolina, USA ~


Unda J. on February 2, 2011

very nice picture. i think i would like it a bit more brighter, but then again... low light creates moody scene. very lovely and surprisingly good detail.

hs10 is wide angle and it usually have a bit destortion at the sides. did you crop this shot? because its perfectly strait. (im curious, 'cos i was tod i have to get a wee software what does it for me, but it includes a bit croping too)

Kevin Childress on February 2, 2011


Point taken ... a little more light certainly wouldn't hurt!

Sounds like you're familiar with the HS10? I purchased mine last November. In my humble opinion, the HS10 performs no better or worse with wide angle distortion compared to other 24 mm (35mm equiv) bridge cameras.

Certainly our angle to the subject has a lot to do with perspective distortion but I was lucky to be at just the right angle/height to these buildings. This is as-shot … no perspective correction and no cropping. There definitely are software tools available to help with the problem. I use Corel’s Paintshop PRO X3 and it has a variety of fine distortion correction tools.

Thanks for dropping by! Hopefully we can chat again soon.


Adam Elmquist on January 13, 2013

Fantastic photos, please consider joining my group your photos would be great fit for North American Railroader... Invites have been sent to join I have a lot of members already in the railroading groups of which the photos are focused on our continent's railroading heritage and future...

Kevin Childress on January 13, 2013

Adam, If the group is just another place to dump photos, no thanks. If it turns out that you have a group of people that want to discuss the actual photography, do let me know.

Adam Elmquist on January 13, 2013

You do have a really exceptional photo here that would make a great fit for the group, nice work.

Sorry for commenting, I know it can get annoying if its not something that interest you. I have spent hours upon hours going over the Panoramio maps just over all the railways finding fantastic photos to add to the group… I will put your name on black list, if you like while I'm surfing the maps, I hope I have not upset or offended you…

The group is for people who like photography of our continent's railways, also for the rail-fans at heart. The group has a huge collection of our North American railway's. The group is not supposed to be a dumping ground for off subject subject photos or those photos of poor quality, those types are removed.

Photography techniques are not the main focus of this group, but railroading is. If we just like talking about photography techniques that is fine. Being a photographer and a railroader I understand both worlds. Unfortunately certain laws and rules are coming into place in this post 911 world that may make this photo illegal or one to be harassed or detained for taking it. That's why us railroaders are trying to defend our rights to keep on taking these photos...

Kevin Childress on January 14, 2013

I'm not offended at all, Adam; no need to apologize.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 30, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Kevin Childress
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix HS10 HS11
    • Taken on 2011/01/28 11:49:38
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/550)
    • Focal Length: 26.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • No flash