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The Difference Between Men and Boys is the Size of Their Toys

New Berlin

I'm not quite sure who was having more fun today at New Berlin's Lionel Railroad Club open house: the fathers or their sons.

Model trains of all different types filled the building and ran across the tracks on a scheduled timer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, alternating every 20 minutes between day and night scenes. When the lights were down for the night scenes, not even shooting at 1/8 of a second produced any usable photos. I stayed for approximately "three days" (one hour) and got a couple pictures I was happy with.

The first photo of Gavin was shot at 1/50 of a second, f2.8, ISO 500, at 17 mm. I had my camera set on automatic white balance and, as always, I was shooting on manual. It definitely wasn't the kind of light photographers dream of, but challenges are what make me tick. The second photo below will probably never see the light of newspaper print, mostly because it would look like a muddy mess. I like it, though, because I think it puts a simple emphasis on an older gentleman enjoying his toys.

Stop on by the club tomorrow and see the show! They'll be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lionel Railroad Club is located at 2721 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin.

 Gavin Gawronski, 3, of Wauwatosa, peeks over the balcony Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at the Lionel Railroad Club open house, held at the club's headquarters in New Berlin. Various types of model trains run on a layout throughout the building.

Bob Laufenberg, of Franklin, works on a train Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at the Lionel Railroad Club open house, held at the club's headquarters in New Berlin. Various types of model trains run on a layout throughout the building.
 

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