I was recntly reminded of the amazing quality some photgraphers were achieving back in the 1940's/50's, when I saw some of the work produced by the great Winston Link......remember those pictures of the old style locomotives thundering through American settlements, usually at night? Where are today's masterpieces?...OK I know we're not comparing like with like, doubtless Winston Link carefully set up his pics. using 10x8, or at least 4x5 equipment. .....shooting these kind of pictures requires patience and a sophisticated lighting set up. ...And another thought, are the characters in terms of people, places, (and certainly trains!) no longer there to photograph?......Perhaps our world is becoming too "monotone".....Go to Beijing these days and you won't find too much that is "Chinese"...just the same "McDonalds" that you get in any major city. A while ago a newspaper here published an ariel picture of London taken from an old bi-plane around 1920, it was from a recently discovered archive. The paper sent up one of their own photographers with a current digital camera in a helicopter to take the same picture; the idea being to document how much London had changed since the original was shot. It had changed considerably, since the area of the City originally pictured had been devastated by bombing raids in World War 2. Not only was the originally picture more interesting with its many streets and houses and variety of churches along the old medieval street pattern., but the overall quality of the original picture was far better than the current digital equivalent.!!!! Food for thought perhaps?......With all the latest gear at our disposal, have we really progressed at all?