Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Lovin' the low, wide angle

Posted by D-Halv
on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Canadian Pacific (ex-SOO) SD60Ms haul autoracksTwo Canadian Pacific (ex-SOO) SD60Ms haul autoracks at Maple Street en route to Chicago. Canon EOS 30D, 7/25/2011, 0.5 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo

With only one week left in my month-long photo challenge, I'm finding it difficult to find new vantage points in my familiar territory. However, I wanted to hit a popular location, in this case Maple Street in downtown Milwaukee along Canadian Pacific's C&M subdivision, and try a shot that isn't a typical wedge, featuring the cantilever signal. So, I stepped off to the side a bit, and used a prolonged shutter speed (half a second) to showcase the train's movement.

What I like: 

The low, wide angle, the bright blue sky, and the blur. I just love this shot!

What I don't like: 

I'm being picky, but some of the blurry flowers in the foreground distract me. What can you do though when shooting at a half a second, with a breeze?

What I learned: 

Every location has options. One fun approach you can take is find a spot that everyone seems to use in your area, and then try a different perspective and a different photo technique, like a slower shutter speed. You might just leave happy with the result!


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