Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Fresh perspective at a less-traveled location

Posted by D-Halv
on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern No. 666Elgin, 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. This image is taken from a new perspective and from a location I've only photographed a few times. However, Ackerville, Wis., is a popular railfan location.

What I like: 

The wide angle and how the street and tracks terminate to the right side of the photo. The train almost appears to be rolling down hill. 

What I don't like: 

I had to look hard to find this, but I don't like the trees poking up behind the locomotives, especially above the orange leader. Had I gotten lower to take the photo, perhaps street level, I could have cut the trees out.

What I learned: 

There is a bridge directly above and behind my position, where many people choose to shoot from. You get a nice shot, but if you take a look around and try a different spot, you can still attain a nice result. So, always keep your eyes open.


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