A few pictures with my new lens
Tracking down the composition
Butterflies in my gut:
I used the curves layer ... in Photoshop, using the "white" in the butterfly's wing spots as my whitest white. It's really a simple correction, if you have a "white" area to work with.
Concerning railroad shots:
I did some track shots, back in 2006, seeings that Des Plaines is literally surrounded on all sides by railroad tracks and those "untimely" freight trains. It makes a hell of a wall of steel, when they get going, in two directions.
I'm not sure if you sense what I do when I look at this composition, but note the "balance" in the framing of it. How the rails come in from the sides and not entirely from the bottom. Note how the horizon settles in at mid-frame and the tracks go off to a vanishing point, nearly dead center. The tracks draw you in ... and make you wonder: "Where do they go?"
The METRA rail, which these tracks belong to, services Chicago and all points North, West and Northwest. They love to paint the locomotives with this obnoxious red-striped pattern, so when they give you lemons ... make lemonade, right?
I came up with this grid composition, instead.
Black & White "color control"
So Frank ... what do you think of my B&W? Compare them ...
You have to "work" that image ... milk it for its hidden qualities.