Old Days

Colleen Farrell level-classic 8/20/2008 8:24:10 PM

WOW, what a GORGEOUS image, Mike! The lighting, color, detail are amazing! And the subject is wonderful--the two old gents in front of these magnificent machines. This is a total winner, in my book! Is this an HDR image? The color tones are awesome! #983536

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/20/2008 8:27:15 PM

Colleen - Thanks so much! Yes, this is an HDR image created from 3 shots (handheld). - Mike #6339845

Jodi Zimmer 8/20/2008 8:32:06 PM

Very awesome shot!! The lighting and color are superb!!! #6339870

A P 8/20/2008 8:34:24 PM

I totally agree with EVERYTHING Colleen said. Everything about this is awesome, Mike. One thing Colleen didn't mention is the mood/feeling the capture gives you. Created by your title you know those old boys are just remembering those days which makes the viewer mind think back too. A winner in my book as well. #6339884

Kate Baumgartner 8/20/2008 8:35:45 PM

This is so amazing. I absolutely love everything about this image because it speaks volumes. #6339889

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 8/20/2008 8:37:47 PM

Great image and lovely Theme entry, Mike.

Dominick #6339898

Wm Nosal 8/20/2008 8:47:58 PM

WOW! #6339939

Katarina Mansson 8/20/2008 11:23:13 PM

Beautiful picture; love the color, composition and details. Perfect title fit as well; happy theme day Mike! #6340229

Susie Peek-Swint 8/21/2008 12:52:06 AM

This is a winner Mike ~ fantastic capture and use of HDR ~ I love everything about this one.. well done! #6340394

Brett Dolsen 8/21/2008 12:53:44 AM

Awesome Mike I can see this image ending up somewhere special!Good luck!Brett #6340399

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic 8/21/2008 1:19:19 AM

Outstanding!! #6340451

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 8/21/2008 2:08:59 AM

WOW, AWSOME capture, it HAS to be a WINNER!!! #6340624

Michael G. Marshall 8/21/2008 2:39:29 AM

Outstanding is right! Very cool capture Mike! I love these vintage engine shows and you have really captured the essence! Bravo! Michael #6340725

Mike Clime 8/21/2008 2:45:30 AM

This is really good, Mike! Excellent detail and color. #6340744

Michelle Alton 8/21/2008 2:56:07 AM

There's nothing new for me to say, except to echo the words of the preceeding commentors. It's a brilliant photo, Mike. Winning! #6340773

Deb Koskovich 8/21/2008 3:43:54 AM

Wow -- WINNER!! Mike, you are really rocking these HDR images!! Love the subject matter here...this is phenomenal, couldn't be better. #6340871

Joy Rector 8/21/2008 4:19:41 AM

love this shot #6340978

Donna K. Kilcher 8/21/2008 4:31:11 AM

this is GREAT #6341011

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/21/2008 4:37:34 AM

Thanks so much for the very kind comments! I happened to be in the right place at the right time (in fact my wife pointed out the two gentlemen to me as I was taking shots of something else). Thanks again! - Mike #6341027

Leslie McLain level-classic 8/21/2008 4:38:34 AM

Awesome image. The light and clarity are amazing. #6341029

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/21/2008 4:41:53 AM

Here are two more comments that got lost in cyberspace:

Nikki McDonald
member since: 11/6/2006
8/20/2008 8:23:18 PM

This is a terrific capture, Mike. The light is wonderful as are the old, working steam engines, but it is the old-timers who steal the show. Superb effects--so subtle I'm not quite sure they are there.

Susan M. Rosin
member since: 7/18/2006
8/20/2008 8:24:38 PM

I really love this image...so Americana! Beautiful colors and clarity, Mike! HTD!

Thanks Nikki and Susan! - Mike #6341047

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/21/2008 4:46:47 AM

I will be commenting later today as I am headed to work right now! Thanks again! - Mike #6341064

Vicki L. Filippin 8/21/2008 4:47:17 AM

I concur with all the comments above me....SUPER, SPECTACULAR, CREATIVE, STUNNING, MOVING, FABULOUS...
******WINNER--WINNER---WINNER****** #6341068

Bonnie Gearhart 8/21/2008 5:14:05 AM

Beautiful shot, the colors are amazing. Very nice!
I have always been told, each picture tells a story.....it doesn't get any better than this! #6341191

Datha Y. Thompson 8/21/2008 6:20:01 AM

WOW!!! Broken record here but I have to say all of the above too!!!! Excellent story telling image!! Excellent everything!!!!! LOVE THIS :0) #6341510

Jean E. Hildebrant 8/21/2008 7:03:35 AM

Love the interaction of the two men! Great find and tell your wife SHE has a great eye, lol! Hope this does great! (and quite a different twist on the theme entry from mine with the same title!) #6341736

Mitch Spence level-classic 8/21/2008 8:12:34 AM

Mike, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love what you've done here and the perfect mood you've established. The composition, colors, details, and presentation all combine into a stunning whole. #6341960

Melissa Olsen 8/21/2008 9:28:56 AM

Totally FANTASTIC and everything more! #6342256

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. 8/21/2008 9:48:20 AM

KARU. #6342341

Lee Canham 8/21/2008 12:10:52 PM

I'm sure it's all been said already...This is very very special..Brilliance comes to mind..Definately,FOR SURE going places Mike.. can I have the privilidge of having this as a favourite...Please... #6342826

Kathy L. Clark 8/21/2008 1:44:45 PM

Mike if this doesn't win there is something wrong with the judges eyes. Man is this cool. #6343192

Heidi Knight 8/21/2008 2:02:52 PM

What a Gorgeous shot and treatment! #6343271

Craig C. Ebel 8/21/2008 5:06:26 PM

Amazing!! #6344922

Bill Knaps 8/21/2008 5:20:05 PM

So you are the one with these great steam engine shot Mike. I love these things. Your gallery is awesome. Bill #6345085

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/21/2008 6:09:32 PM

Thanks so much for the comments!! I appreciate each and every one! - Mike #6345726

Dianna Murphy 8/22/2008 8:02:25 AM

Awesome and a winner in my eyes! Wonderful color and tone and detail. Storytelling image. Love it. #6350395

Lisa R. Buffington level-classic 8/22/2008 9:42:47 AM

Winner! Great find Mike. Love everything about it! The old folks had some great times. Excellent details, composition, clarity and lighting. It really creates a mood. Outstanding job! Lisa #6351112

David Phalen level-classic 8/22/2008 2:37:11 PM

Congratulations on a terrific 101 theme winner!! Excellent comp, colors and effects!! #6352550

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/22/2008 5:30:00 PM

Dianna/Lisa/David - Thanks! - Mike #6353120

Lorna Shutter 8/22/2008 5:52:23 PM

What an outstanding job, Mike! You'd better thank your wife for pointing out those two men! They really MAKE the image! Looks more like a work of art than a photograph! Definitely a winner in my book! :) #6353236

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/22/2008 6:09:52 PM

Lorna - Thanks so much! My wife is always looking for photo opts when she is with me. I think she is getting the "eye"! :) - Mike #6353349

Vicki L. Filippin 8/22/2008 7:58:30 PM

Just wanted to send a quick message to say hoe great it is to see this image on the 101 home page tday, Mike! CONGRATS!
Oh, and my hubby helps me spot stuff out, too. It's nice to have an extra pair of eyes! #6353811

Randy L. Morgan 8/22/2008 8:13:04 PM

Truly a clasic image, Mike. Great detail, and sharpness. The colors are perfect. #6353889

Corinne M. Thompson 8/23/2008 5:46:09 AM

Fabulous capture, perfect title match! Congrats on winning the theme! #6355049

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 8/24/2008 6:23:04 AM

Mike- Good morning my friend. When you can take a picture and make it not look like a photo but a painting like this, it just blows my mind. Incredible work that leaves me shaking my head and wondering how in the world did you did this beautiful, breathtaking work of art.
I can just hear them old boys talking about times gone by when they use to do all their work with machines like this and some of the experiences they had. Lighting and clarity are sensational. Composition and POV fabulous. Amazing colors that give so much beauty to the picture. Details galore and some of my favorite are the minute features of the tractors you captured, the smoke bellowing in the air, and the clothing on the gents.
Incredible work of art.
Have a wonderful day, please take care and be safe. #6358828

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/24/2008 6:31:57 AM

Vicki/Randy/Corinne/Frank - Thanks so much!! Your comments mean a great deal to me! I must have taken close to 300 pictures at the steam show and this one means the most to me! Thanks again! - Mike #6358872

Janet Daniel level-classic 8/24/2008 11:50:13 AM

After seeing the b/w image, I must admit I like this colored version better, Mike! This one is magnificent! #6359948

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 8/25/2008 6:32:20 AM

Spectacular capture, Mike!
Wonderfully captivating and DELIGHTFUL!
Amazing color and tones!
~♥~Lisa #6363793

Michael Umbreit level-classic 8/25/2008 8:42:45 PM

Janet/Lisa - Thanks so much! - Mike #6368180

Cassie L. Woodlee 9/4/2008 4:40:15 PM

I love this shot, fantastic effects Mike!!!! #6412163

Michael Umbreit level-classic 9/4/2008 5:47:02 PM

Cassie - Thanks! - Mike #6412381

Tiia Vissak 9/22/2008 10:01:52 AM

Congratulations! #6488974

Mitch Spence level-classic 9/22/2008 10:20:22 AM

This terrific scene just had to be a finalist, Mike. Congratulations. #6489209

Leslie McLain level-classic 9/22/2008 11:16:37 AM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist. #6490055

Eivor Kuchta 9/22/2008 11:41:04 AM

Absolutely perfect, Mike! Congratulations on your finalist! Good luck in the next round! #6490453

Jean E. Hildebrant 9/22/2008 11:42:40 AM

Wonderful, Mike! So glad to see it make finalist!!! CONGRAT'S! #6490482

Lee Canham 9/22/2008 12:03:53 PM

CONGRATULATIONS...Happy to see this continuing it's journey Mike..It is most definately a winner and a million per cent sure it's a one in a million prize capture..Go for Gold Mr Umbreit...Best Wishes...Lee #6490715

Jennifer L. Alder 9/22/2008 12:09:22 PM

Big congrats, Mike, on your fabulous finalist :) #6490776

Lorna Shutter 9/22/2008 1:16:24 PM

Wow! You're really raking in the Finalist awards, Mike! Hope this one is the big winner! It's my favourite!!! :) #6491326

Mike Clime 9/22/2008 1:17:32 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Mike! #6491337

Corinne M. Thompson 9/22/2008 1:19:24 PM

Congrats Mike! #6491355

Jeana Clark level-classic 9/22/2008 1:19:47 PM


~J~ #6491360

Irene Colling level-classic 9/22/2008 1:30:28 PM

Congratulations Mike on a well presented image. I like the subject matter because it is familiar to me. #6491479

Brett Dolsen 9/22/2008 1:53:40 PM

Congratulations on a great finalist Mike!!Brett #6491708

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 9/22/2008 2:10:10 PM

HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist
Best of luck in the next round!

Nadya Johnson 9/22/2008 2:57:08 PM

Not sure how I missed this earlier, but WOW!!! Magnificent, Mike! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist! #6492115

Michelle L. Frick 9/22/2008 4:08:18 PM

WHOO HOO!!! I LOVE this one, and am thrilled to see it again Mike!! #6492619

Susan Fox 9/22/2008 4:18:23 PM

Congratulations Mike! #6492720

Michael Umbreit level-classic 9/22/2008 5:36:23 PM

Thanks so much!! - Mike #6493536

Larry L. Redmon level-classic 9/22/2008 6:49:30 PM

Love this, Mike! Great job! #6494277

Erica Murphy level-classic 9/22/2008 7:32:14 PM

Congratulations Mike!!! I love this! #6494797

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 9/22/2008 8:01:55 PM

Mike- An so glad to see you made the first round with this wonderful remembering the past picture. Hope to see it again. congratulations. #6495095

Ellen Hodges level-classic 9/22/2008 8:44:02 PM

Congrats, Mike! #6495473

Datha Y. Thompson level-classic 9/22/2008 9:09:51 PM

Congratulations Mike!!! Love this!!! WTG :0) #6495687

Barbara Waldoch 9/23/2008 12:14:37 AM

Sincere congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Mike! #6496520

Deb Koskovich 9/23/2008 3:33:03 AM

Hooray, Mike! I love this one, congrats! #6497140

Katarina Mansson 9/23/2008 3:57:33 AM

So happy to see this getting a finalist; congratulations Mike! #6497275

Vicki L. Filippin 9/23/2008 5:26:20 AM

I would have had to boycott BP if we didn't see at least silver on THIS one!
MAJOR congrats, Mike. It's a stunner! #6497713

Derek D. Dafoe 9/23/2008 6:40:51 AM

Congrats on your great Finalist!! Good luck in the next round!! #6498123

Janet Daniel level-classic 9/23/2008 8:00:38 AM

A big congrats, Mike! Love this one! Wishing you the best! #6498486

Gary Lange 9/23/2008 8:32:11 AM

Mike, this was a perfect image for the theme!! Many congrats on this wonderful Finalist and best of luck!! One of these guys could be my own Dad! #6498647

Shawn Jennings level-classic 9/23/2008 11:24:36 AM

Super work, Mike! Congratulations on your finalist! #6499379

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 9/23/2008 11:30:29 AM

Outstanding Mike, congratulations! A great story telling finalist! #6499404

Bojan Bencic level-classic 9/23/2008 1:18:24 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Mike. #6499883

Michael Umbreit level-classic 9/23/2008 3:45:52 PM

Thanks so much for the comments!! I appreciate each and every one! - Mike #6500528

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 9/23/2008 5:16:42 PM

Hey,Mike, CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist!!! Good luck!!! #6501305

Angie Sidles level-classic 9/24/2008 9:11:38 AM

WOW, Mike!! This is incredible!! Gorgeous gorgeous!!! Big congrats to you on your finalist!! :) #6505614

Michael Umbreit level-classic 9/24/2008 5:59:14 PM

Patrick/Angie - Thanks! - Mike #6507760

Colleen Farrell level-classic 9/25/2008 9:09:41 AM

WTG, Mike! Congratulations on your finalist! (Should have gotten a gold, imho!) #6510739

Michael Umbreit level-classic 9/25/2008 8:03:20 PM

Colleen - Thanks! - Mike #6513253

Cassie L. Woodlee 9/29/2008 1:00:42 PM

WTG Mike a HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!! #6529217

Kathy L. Clark 10/3/2008 9:56:01 AM

Mike I loved this the first time I saw it and I agree with Colleen. What a wonderful work of art my friend. Congats. #6548287

Michael Umbreit level-classic 10/4/2008 7:56:51 AM

Cassie/Kathy - Thank you!! - Mike #6552276

Dale Hardin 10/19/2008 8:50:05 AM

One of my favorites of your work Mike. Not only for the look and feel of the image but for the story it tells. Since I moved to California over 50 years ago, I've missed my country roots.

As these gentlemen reminisce, I find myself with them. #6622302

Michael Umbreit level-classic 10/19/2008 9:55:01 AM

Dale - Thanks! I would have loved to hear the stories they were telling! :) - Mike #6622561

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