Friday Image No.214

Graveyard of the Trains, Bolivia. Five image stitch from an Olympus EM5.

Most of the photos I shoot are of landscapes; it’s the subject I feel most in touch with. But then from time to time I come across something and feel I must photograph it. That was the case with this image. The location was the “Train Graveyard” in Bolivia. It’s filled with old rusting steam trains from the past and is simply amazing – even if you don’t like trains.

What I also find quite amazing is how photo editing software has developed over recent years. When I shot this image four years back, I don’t think the panoramic stitching feature was available in Lightroom. That’s probably why the five images that make up this shot have sat on my hard drive for so long.

I captured the five images that make up this shot with an Olympus EM5 and Olympus 12-40mm lens. The camera was in the vertical position and the image taken handheld. Lightroom was able to stitch them very quickly and has made a good job. Except that is for removing the perspective distortion. To remove that I used DxO Viewpoint 3.0. I’m really starting to love this software and will be experimenting further with it in the future.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

6 thoughts on “Friday Image No.214

      1. Dear Robin
        I am really enjoying this shot. Salar de UyunI is on my list of places to visit. Were you on a photo or walking holiday?

        Taking advantage of the image stabilisation on the Oly means that I am hardly ever talking my tripod when travelling, apart from a tiny desktop one.


  1. This is really helpful and sounds like the KE ‘ salt flats & volcanos of Bolivia’ So did you bag Acontango? I have been over 5500m and that was enough. I think that the ascent above the snow line to 6052m would be pretty tough, but an amazing experience. Our recent trip to Annapurna Base camp was easy compared to Acontango.

    Martin – I am already feeling out of breath!

    1. Hi Martin. It may have been a KE trip but I really can’t recall. I do remember most of the party falling ill. The overnight temperatures were very low and some of the accommodation didn’t have heating (or glass in the windows). By the final summit, there were only two of us left out of 10 and quite honestly I could have stayed in bed. I only did the final climb because the other person was desperate to exceed his altitude record. Acontango is an extinct volcano and has a series of summits along the rim. I think we went over three of them before the other person was violently ill. That’s when we had to make a swift descent and get them down to a lower altitude. Apparently, the two trips before us had also had some serious problems with altitude with someone ending up in the hospital for a while. Despite this the scenery was spectacular. In all honesty, I didn’t find any noticeable difference between 5,000m and 6,000m. I’m sure if you did the Annapurna Base Camp you would cope well with Acontango.

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