Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 6

Posted by D-Halv
on Thursday, July 7, 2011

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, I went downtown to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station where one of Amtrak's Milwaukee-Chicago Hiawatha trains was parked at the platform. No. 186 caught my eye, providing an entertaining photo opportunity.

What I like:

In the late evening light, the bridge lines and the rails work together to visually point to the parked trains.  

What I don't like:

The position of the shadows, specifically from the Marquette Interchange directly above my position. If I had another hour to wait, the sun would have dropped even lower, probably filling my entire scene with golden light, not just the bridge and station. 

What I learned:

Know your territory. If trains aren't running, have a back-up plan. I know that in the evening Amtrak has a handful of Hiawatha trains that will most likely be active. Stationary railroad subjects are fun to photograph too. In this photo, the trains were parked, which may not seem exciting, but it enabled me to try different angles.


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