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    Continued from previous page.

    I took some photos of a southbound (tt/west) freight with the big telephoto setup just for kicks.

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    I returned later in the afternoon to catch the Builder leaving for Chicago as Amtrak #8. This time I was able to get a photo of the ski train car, which I was unable to do in the morning.

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    An oil tank train is visible in the background.

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    Thursday morning (5-4-17) a self propelled piece of MoW equipment headed south (tt/west) past MP 18.

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    We got a taste of Nebraska weather later that afternoon when a thunderstorm moved through the Puget Sound area.

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    Love the lightning shots Bill!

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    Sunday's (5/7/17) Mariners Special full of baseball fans heading to SafeCo Field to see the Mariners play the Texas Rangers. I noticed that the train had stopped north of Edmonds at Picnic Pt. for no apparent reason. A buddy of mine with a scanner said a passenger had pulled an emergency cord because of a medical emergency and EMT's boarded at Edmonds.

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    Looks like you're still seeing a lot of good action up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad_in_omaha View Post
    Looks like you're still seeing a lot of good action up there.
    The trains and scenery will always be here. The trick is not to let my photos get repetitive and boring.
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    Bill, what is you strategy for lightning? do you just shoot till you get one? or do you try to anticipate when it will strike?
    Tom Zorko
    "She was a tall girl, could hunt geese with a rake"...Sheldon's mom

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW101c View Post
    Bill, what is you strategy for lightning? do you just shoot till you get one? or do you try to anticipate when it will strike?
    There is no way you can anticipate a lightning strike. There are two methods that I know of for taking lightning shots. You will need a tripod and remote shutter release (cable or wireless) for both.

    Time Exposure
    Set the regular camera settings and shoot in B or "bulb" mode. Hold the shutter open for a period of time during lightning strikes and you should end up will several in one shot. I could not use this method because it was not dark and my time exposure shots were all over exposed.

    Rapid Fire Bursts
    Set the regular camera settings (I shoot in M mode). Set the shutter release to high speed continuous and shoot 3-5 shots in rapid fire bursts. Repeat until you have the necessary shots.
    Hopefully you will get lucky and capture some lightning strikes while the camera is firing. This is the method I used and each shot had the proper exposure. The down side was that I had over 800 shots to review just to get the two good ones I posted up that captured the lightning.

    I have seen Midwest thunder storms. It should be easier for you than it was for me as your storms are more frequent, more intense, and last longer than the occasional thunder storm we get up here in the Puget Sound region.
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    I finished up Tuesday's (5/16/17) photo session at Brackett's Landing, where I got same water side photos of an oil tanker. It looked like a giant worm or centipede working its way north along Puget Sound.

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