Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Slaying Duplainville

Posted by D-Halv
on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Amtrak's Empire Builder flies by DuplainvilleAmtrak'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 dragon of Duplainville. If you're local, and even if you're not, you've probably heard of Duplainville, Wis., where the Canadian Pacific crosses the Canadian National. It's a great place to watch trains roll by all day long. As far as photography is concerned, the name couldn't be more fitting in my opinion, especially the "plain" part of it. Every so often, though, inspiration strikes. Last week I saw a row of orange lilies across from the CP tracks and knew that was my ticket to a new perspective.

What I like: 

The orange flowers provide a nice base to this photo and point directly toward my subject. They also provide bright color on an otherwise cloudy afternoon.

What I don't like: 

I might try a wider angle view next time, in order to show the tree trunk (right) and more flowers. 

What I learned: 

Cloudy skies are not always bad. Without sun, I was free to shoot from any side of the tracks. I also incorporated some color by using the orange flowers as a photographic element. 


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