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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Catching up!

Posted by D-Halv
on Monday, July 25, 2011

July 22

Union Pacific distributed power unitA Union Pacific distributed power unit pushes the rear of a westbound coal train on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/8/2011, 1/1250 sec, f/8, ISO 250, 141mm. Drew Halverson photo

What I like:

The black-and-white treatment. This motif isolates the gleaming rails, the locomotive's silhouette, and its exhaust.

What I don't like: 

Those "lovely" high tension wires adjacent to the Adams line for miles.

What I learned: 

When the train rolls past, photograph the DPUs, as they're an important part of modern-day railroading.

July 23

Canadian Pacific No. 9671 in MilwaukeeSpewing smoke as it crosses Pittsburgh Street in downtown Milwaukee, Canadian Pacific No. 9671 moves south toward Chicago. Canon EOS 30D, 7/23/2011, f/7.1, ISO 160, 124mm. Drew Halverson photo

What I like: 

This photo is my favorite from the weekend. This location is ideal to photograph with relatively little street traffic, yet it provides a great cityscape.

What I don't like: 

At first, I wasn't happy with the cars at the intersection, but now they've grown on me. They help bring the scene together I think.

What I learned: 

Downtown Milwaukee has a lot to offer photographers. Be adventuresome and try new locations.

July 24

Amtrak Empire Builder in MilwaukeeAmtrak Empire Builder leaves Milwaukee and heads west with train No. 7. Canon EOS 30D, 7/23/2011, 1/1250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 125, 161mm. Drew Halverson photo

What I like: 

Another new perspective. Believe me, I'm finding it difficult to find new locations, but this one has potential.

What I don't like: 

Inadequate lighting. However, I'll come back another time.

What I learned: 

This view is from the top of a dirt pile near Canal Street, just outside of Falk. This prime spot would offer nice side lighting in late winter.

July 25

Canadian National SD40sTwo zebra-striped, wide-nosed Canadian National SD40s roll north at Sussex, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/24/11, 1/640 sec/ f/7.1, ISO 200, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo

What I like: 

The rare lashup. Getting two of these classic pieces of power on a road freight these days is hard to come by. I owe my buddy Kenny O. for the heads up!

What I don't like: 

My vantage point and lens choice. I should have used my telephoto lens and zoomed in on the spot where the sun crosses the tracks (two cars back from locomotives). Then, I would've had the two "zebras" lit up nicely, as apposed to being buried in shadow.

What I learned: 

Sometimes I make mistakes. Next time, I'll be better prepared and ready for anything. Overall, this photo is still a cool catch.

Galleries: 

Flickr: "Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure, 2011"
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