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  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure, July 2011

    From April 2011, downtown Milwaukee, WI at sunset. Wisconsin Southern grain train to Chicago running on Canadian Pacific’s C&M line. Drew Halverson photo As a photographer, I often find myself looking for new challenges, ways to push the envelope and come away with images that I wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 1

    Th e Norfolk Southern-powered RoadRailer heads west into the sunset on Union Pacific's Adams line in Sussex, Wis. as cattails reach for the sky, on June 29, 2011. Camera info: Canon EOS 30D, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18mm, 1/400 sec. Photo by Drew Halverson Happy July everyone! We've got temperatures...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 1-3

    July 1 SOO GP38-2 No. 4449 and crew rumble back to Canadian Pacific's Muskego Yard in downtown Milwaukee after switching out cars at Lonestar. Canon EOS 30D, 7/1/2011, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 141mm. Drew Halverson photos What a great Fourth of July weekend, filled with a lot of relaxation...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 4

    A pair of Norfolk Southern engines moves alongside State Street past Hector's Mexican Restaurant in Wauwatosa, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/4/2011, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo On July 4, I went to Wauwatosa, Wis. The Canadian Pacific double track main runs parallel to State...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 5

    A northbound Canadian National freight passes under Union Pacific's Adams line in Sussex, Wis., and prepares to roll under the photographer's position on the Bugline trail. Canon EOS 30D, July 5, 2011, 1/1600 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo On this fine summer afternoon, Trains...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 6

    The recently remodeled Sixth Street bridge stands tall over the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. Canon EOS 30D, 7/6/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125, 70mm. Drew Halverson photo Last night was one of those difficult evenings because the weather was perfect, but the railroads weren't very busy. So...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Canadian Pacific's former Iowa, Chicago & Eastern

    Canadian Pacific's former Iowa, Chicago & Eastern SD40-2 No. 6404, named the "City of Everly," crosses the Menomonee River in Milwaukee, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/7/2011, 1/800 sec. f/7.1, ISO 400, 39mm. Drew Halverson photo That right there is my favorite shot of the month so far! The...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Union Pacific, CITX, with special guest Miller Park

    July 8 Union Pacific No. 7261 leads Weston coal loads through Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/8/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 250, 161mm. Drew Halverson photos I'm soaking wet right now, after this month's first big storm. And I fell climbing the stairs at work this morning (just...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Practice makes improvement

    Union Pacific's MSSPR rolls by Habanero's Mexican Kitchen in Wauwatosa, Wis., on a clear summer night. Canon EOS 30D, 7/11/2011, 0.8 sec, f/11, ISO 250, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo Here's the first photo of the series I'd like to have back. I contemplated not even using it, but then...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Slaying Duplainville

    Amtrak's westbound Empire Builder, piloted by legendary hogger Craig Willett, flies by Duplainville, Wis., on a cloudy July afternoon. Canon EOS 30D, 7/12/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 200, 34mm. Drew Halverson photo I'm back on the saddle today and quite happy after slaying the proverbial...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: If at first you don't succeed

    Leading a locomotive trio featuring the YN2 paint scheme, CSX C40-8W No. 7834 rolls west on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, July 13, 2011, 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320, 84mm. Drew Halverson photo Let’s add CSX to the list of railroads featured in this monthly photo challenge! For...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Busting out the telephoto lens

    A hot RoadRailer train works its way south on Union Pacific, about to roll under the intersection of Highway 100 and Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/15/2011, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 141mm. Drew Halverson photo I've been using my wide angle lens a lot throughout my photo...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Featuring Canadian National, Union Pacific, Indiana Rail Road, and bird poop

    What a scorcher of a weekend, with a lot of action on the local railroads! Here are a quick three, featuring Canadian National, Union Pacific and Indiana Rail Road. Please leave your comments here or on our Trains Facebook page or Twitter . I'll be sure to check in throughout the day! July 16...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Fresh perspective at a less-traveled location

    Elgin, Joliet & Eastern No. 666 leads a freight northbound at Ackerville, Wis., on a sunny July afternoon. Canon EOS 30D, 7/2/2011, 1/1250 sec. f/6.3, ISO 125, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo I pulled this one out of the backup stash from this month, as I wasn't able to get trackside yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian Pacific in the morning

    Led by lone Canadian Pacific GEVO, Minneapolis-Bensenville, Ill., train 182 heads south at Grand Avenue in Milwaukee, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/20/2011, 6:42 am, 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo I crawled out of bed early this morning in hopes of catching some action on the Canadian...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Attempting a pan shot

    Canadian National No. 2319 quickly moves a southbound manifest through Sussex, Wis., as the sun prepares to heat things up. Canon EOS 30D, 7/21/2011, 1/40 sec, f 16, ISO 125, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo I started the day off right today! I met up with Trains Art Director Tom Danneman to railfan...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Catching up!

    July 22 A Union Pacific distributed power unit pushes the rear of a westbound coal train on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/8/2011, 1/1250 sec, f/8, ISO 250, 141mm. Drew Halverson photo What I like: The black-and-white treatment. This motif isolates the gleaming rails...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Lovin' the low, wide angle

    Two Canadian Pacific (ex-SOO) SD60Ms haul autoracks at Maple Street en route to Chicago. Canon EOS 30D, 7/25/2011, 0.5 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo With only one week left in my month-long photo challenge, I'm finding it difficult to find new vantage points in my familiar territory...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian National races through the night

    A southbound Canadian National train races through the night at Duplainville, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/26/2011, 10.0 sec (Bulb), f/8, ISO 200, 18mm, handheld shutter release. Drew Halverson photo After a great round of golf (I shot an 89 and whopped up on Trains Art Director Tom Danneman, Senior Graphic...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Wisconsin & Southern makes an overdue appearance

    Two Wisconsin & Southern MP15 switchers haul the Milwaukee Job out of Canadian Pacific's Muskego Yard on a warm summer night. Canon EOS 30D, 7/1/2011, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320, 70mm. Drew Halverson photo It's been a while since the Wisconsin & Southern has been featured in my photo...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: What a ride!

    Top of the morning! Today marks the end of my month-long photo journey. It's been a challenge but fun, and I can walk away knowing that I found plenty of new photo opportunities in the Milwaukee area. Thanks for following along and sharing your comments. Check back later this week for a full recap...