Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 4

Posted by D-Halv
on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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 Street, where you can find great restaurants, bars, and parks. One of my favorites is Hector's, known for great Mexican cuisine and an even better view of the rail action! I wanted to take my recent discovery of "Aztek elevation" to new heights here to capture an early morning scene.

What I like:

The elevation, again. It allowed me to get high enough to include the tables and the side of the building along with the train. The use of a wide angle lens is perfect for scenarios like this, and this is only 18mm, so imagine the possibilities with a fish-eye!

What I don't like:

I'm getting picky now, but I was really hoping for a pair of red CP locomotives, to play off the reds in the umbrellas and the Hector's sign. I also despise the blue sky! Just kidding, of course.

What I learned:

State Street is packed with opportunities, even in the early morning hours. If you want people and cars and all kinds of activity, just wait a few hours. Those subjects will bring me back to this locale. Imagine this shot with the umbrellas up, people outside enjoying dinner, some joggers, a dog perhaps, and of course, a train.

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