Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian Pacific in the morning

Posted by D-Halv
on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canadian Pacific GEVOLed by lone Canadian Pacific GEVO, Minneapolis-Bensenville, Ill., train 182 heads south at Grand Avenue in Milwaukee, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/20/2011, 6:42 am, 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo 

I crawled out of bed early this morning in hopes of catching some action on the Canadian Pacific. The railroad did not disappoint! Four trains in an hour around Milwaukee made for fun railfanning before work.

What I like: 

This location on the Wisconsin Avenue bridge, near Miller-Coors Brewing Co., offers a great view overlooking the valley. The Wisconsin Southern right-of-way is in the foreground, while CP's double track main swings off to the west. During late afternoon, you could potentially catch both operations!

What I don't like: 

The lingering clouds from last night's thunderstorm, which hid my sun during the passage of all four trains! Had it not been for the clouds, this train would've been lit up like an armadillo wrapped in Christmas lights. (I'm sure that is a Jim Wrinn saying.)

What I learned: 

Go with the flow. Despite the lack of sun, there were plenty of trains. You just need to adapt and know your camera settings. Many digital cameras are built to handle less-than-desirable light conditions, so there is plenty of fun to be had!

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