Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Boundless: Author With Train

Credit: Ian Crysler
I'd written a book about a train and I wanted a picture of myself with one. Fortunately for me, photographer extraordinaire Ian Crysler was perfect for the job.





(Ian himself, I've learned, has a fascinating history with trains -- and a much more exciting one than me! When he was a foolish youth, he and his friend would hop westbound trains and ride through the Rockies, gazing at the stars.)


On a chilly November morning we went down to the Toronto Roundhouse and looked longingly at the fenced off caboose and locomotive until the kindly staff of the Toronto Railway Museum took pity on us and said we were welcome to take photos of whatever we wanted. (Thank you, Bob Dickson, for your generosity!)

We started with the beatiful red caboose...

Credit: Ian Crysler

And then moved on to the locomotive....
 
Credit: Ian Crysler
 
To get an interesting shot of me inside the caboose cupola he decided he needed to climb on top of the locomotive. There he goes in his green jacket...


















I was kind of worried because it was wet and icy and the ladder rungs were slippery, and he had all his camera equipment....
 
 





















He made it up just fine. Because that's what a kickass professional photographer does.



And he ended up getting  some pretty cool shots...




Credit: Ian Crysler

Credit: Ian Crysler







7 comments:

  1. Dear Mr. Oppel,
    Our sixth grade book club will be reading The Boundless in October, and meeting for a discussion in early November. The students would be so thrilled if you would be willing to skype with us during our after school book discussion, or to receive a video message from you! Any chance?
    Sincerely
    Nancy Dell'Osso, teacher
    nldellosso@jacksonsd.org

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  2. Dear Mr. Oppel,
    I'm an avid fan of all of your work; thank you for the stories! Could you please answer me an Airborne question? Is Kate de Vries English or American? Thanks.

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  3. Hello Kenneth! Nice pictures you have shared here. I think the first pic would be the best one for your book else the third one is also a good one. Thanks for sharing these photos. Adding 3D effect to the first pic will make it more natural and attractive. You can also edit your photo using software and can prepare a nice one that you want. I'll search for this book. Thank you.

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  4. Mr. Oppel,
    I love your books! In case you didn't know The Boundless has been nominated to be a black eyed susan award winner! I wanted to know how Maren disappears. It's really awesome and I want to learn how to do it myself. If you could tell me that would be great!

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  5. Oh and will you be making a second one or is it already out?

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  6. its a fiction book theirs no way he knows duh

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