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  1. #1911
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    Saturday evening (12/23/17) a Roberts Bank bound coal train passed Sunset Ave. shortly after sunset.

    Shooting handheld with the 5DIII + 24-105L zoom, I tried all sorts of tricks to get lighting that best brought out both the train in the foreground and the sunset in the background. Shooting straight on with evaluative light metering brings out the sunset but renders the foreground a silhouette.
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    Shooting at +1 exposure compensation using spot light metering brings out the foreground, but washes out the sunset.
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    The best way to highlight both the foreground and sunset is to use the camera's built-in HDR feature, preferably with the camera mounted on a tripod, but that is not possible with a moving object like a train.

    I have observed that coal and oil tanker trains are always powered by four units in a 2+2 or 3+1 head end/rear DPU arrangement. This train's lone rear DPU was Coopers favorite, an SD70MAC in the
    Grinstein green/executive/Eddie Bauer (I have heard all three) paint scheme. I took the final shot with the 1Dx + 100-400L telephoto zoom, which shed a little more light on the subject.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 12-24-2017 at 11:00 AM.
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    We had a rare white Christmas in the Puget Sound region, so I got out early to take photos before the snow melted. BNSF runs trains on Christmas day, such as this northbound (tt/east) freight passing Sunset Ave.

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    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    At least you're doing better in that department than we are down here in the Duke City; it's been dry as the proverbial popcorn fart with no really measurable precipitation in Albuquerque since mid-October, and it looks to stay that way for a while (especially since we're in a La Nina weather pattern). Sandia Peak has some runs open and has been able to make snow, but there's been only had 4 inches of actual snowfall so far up there (which is way below what has fallen in recent years; of course, they're hardly the only ski resort in the region that is in that condition). We may see some of that white stuff fall around here later on, but that ain't gonna be soon...
    Michael Swanson

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    ...and planning on getting back to work on ATSF 2926: New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS)

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    The good news is that Wednesday noon (1-3-18) I finally caught one of the new Siemens Charger units on a late running Vancouver, BC-Seattle morning Sounder.

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    The bad news is that it was on the tailing (north) end and I was not in position to get a shot of the front.
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    Monday afternoon (1-8-18) my son and I had been photographing birds and trains at the marsh. We got hungry, so we stopped by Taco Bell and headed to Sunset Ave. to eat. A southbound (tt/west) was waiting for a northbound (tt/east). I finished eating by the time the northbound arrived. The southbound turned on its lights long before the northbound arrived. I thought it was SOP to keep the lights off for an opposing meet until the moving engine passed.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 01-08-2018 at 10:23 PM.
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    The southbound got rolling after the northbound cleared. Nice to see a classic H1 unit on point followed by an NS diesel.

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    The northbound appeared in the background as the train passed.

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    Not the greatest lighting and there was nothing exciting about the trains, but it was nice to get out after a rainy, cabin-fever weekend.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    I went to Sunset Ave. Friday afternoon (1-12-18) hoping to catch the two repainted SD75M's returning to Seattle.

    They weren't on this train.
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    Not a complete loss as KCS "Southern Belle" 4616 was in the consist.
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    Will they will be the next train that is passing Picnic Point?
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    Better luck next time.
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    Great photos Bill. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LinkagePeg View Post
    Great photos Bill. Thank you.
    Thanks. It is hard not to get repetitive shots from the location.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    My son and I enjoined a warm and sunny MLK Day (1-15-18) at Brackett's Landing.

    A southbound (tt/west) freight passed Picnic Point and rolled past Sunset Ave.
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    A short time later a northbound (tt/east) with an SD70MAC in the Eddie Bauer/Grinstein green/executive paint scheme passed through town. We don't see these units very often up here and when we do, they are usually on coal trains.
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    Some scuba divers at the underwater dive park watch the train.
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