Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: If at first you don't succeed

Posted by D-Halv
on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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 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 this photograph, I returned to Merton, Wis., on Union Pacific’s Adams line (see “Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Union Pacific, CITX, with special guest Miller Park”).

I used the 18-55mm wide angle lens and stood near the grade crossing, bringing the crossing signal into the frame. This shot shows that you can achieve two totally different shots from essentially the same location.

What I like:

The CSX motive power, which isn’t common on the UP in Wisconsin. Also, I’m going to enjoy looking back at this shot a decade from now, when YN2-painted locomotives are few! Regarding perspective, the leaning crossing signal just does something for me.

What I don’t like:

One cloud moved in front of the sun as this train approached. The view was so golden before the cloud appeared. Cloud, you better hope I don’t see you again!

What I learned:

You can obtain many different perspectives from any one location. You can try a different lens, incorporate objects within the frame, or scope out different locations along the tracks or away from the tracks, since distance will change any point of view. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find.

 

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