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Railroad Crossing's Night Photos

Updated: 09/28/2004  Current Picture Count = 50
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        This page has been created to combine a growing interest I have acquired for night railroad photography. My first attempt at night shooting came from a run to downtown Las Vegas to catch the UP 2002, one of the specially painted SD-70's for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. I had not had a chance to see either of the two Olympic units and when I found out that 2002 was on her way through town I was really excited. Only one problem, she was due through about midnight.
        I resolved to follow the train from just north of town to the crew change and at least enjoy seeing the train. Once at the crew change I figured what the heck and broke out my camera for my first attempt at a night shot. Leaving the camera in a fully automatic exposure setting, I set it up on my tripod, manually focused the shot, and let her rip. The result were amazing. Not only did I get the shot I wanted, I realized that I had opened to myself a whole new venue in which to shoot trains. Subsequent trips proved valuable to my attempts and I realized that I was opening myself up to some nice possibilities.
        I'm not going to get into a lot of technical details and settings for the various shots presented below, but suffice it to say, I generally let the camera figure the exposure time and all I do is focus. I do count the seconds and most images are shot at between 10 and 20 seconds. I also use only 100 speed slide film, Sensia or Astia as the norm. I have found that getting a longer exposure time tends to better the image and shooting around some alternative light source is better than complete darkness.
        Anyway enough rambling, here's what I have so far, broken up by railroad... Click on a Thumbnail to View larger image.  * after thumbnail denotes image added at latest update given above.  All Images are copyrighted. Use for profit by permission only.


Amtrak

Amtrak 69  West Palm Beach, FLAmtrak 135  Williams, AZAmtrak 69  West Palm Beach, FLPacific Surfliner  Solana Beach, CA

BNSF

BNSF Cadiz, CABNSF Cadiz, CA *

CSX

CSX 7347  Baldwin, FL

FEC

Stuart, FLFEC 409  Riviera Beach, FLStuart, FLFEC 413  West Palm Beach, FLWest Palm Beach, FLFEC 411  Pompano Beach, FLCrossing Gates Hobe Sound, FLFEC  Hobe Sound, FLFEC  Delray Beach, FLFEC 409  Villa Rica, FLFEC 703  Jupiter, FL

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway, Loveland, CO

Montana Rail Link

SF 3751

SF 3751  Williams, AZSF 3751  Williams, AZSF 3751  Williams, AZSF 3751  Ash Hill, CASF 3751  Ash Hill, CASF 3751  Parker, AZSF 3751  Parker, AZGrand Canyon Triple Header, Williams, AZGrand Canyon Triple Header, Williams, AZ

UPRR

UP 6936 CentennialUP 6936 CentennialUP 6936 CentennialUP 5781  Boulder Jct, NVUP 4555  Salt Lake City, UTUP 4976  Las Vegas, NVUP 5010  Las Vegas, NVUP 9829  Jean, NVUP 4000  Las Vegas, NVUS over UP FlagUP 4524  Chase, CACheyenne, WYUP Slat Lake Yards:  SLC, UTUP 3134  Las Vegas, NV UP 6936  Las Vegas, NV



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