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    Does anyone know if 505 has been assigned to the Puget Sound area? I could probably count on one hand the number of B-B GE units (we called them "U Boats" back in the 70's) that I have seen in this area since moving to Edmonds in 1991.
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    Sunday afternoon (2-11-18) the heavens finally aligned for me to take photos of the Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8): sunny day + late enough sunset for daylight shots. An added bonus was the departure coinciding with the sunset.

    I set up my 7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x teleconverter at a spot that allowed a view down the tracks to the curve at the off leash dog beach at Marina Beach Park, located a mile south at MP 17.

    I got busy photographing the sunset with my other camera that I just missed #8 rounding the bend.
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    Station stop at Edmonds.
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    My 5DIII is in the shop getting the sensor cleaned, so I used the 7D + 17-35L wide angle zoom to photograph the train as it left Edmonds in the sunset.
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    Sunset shot. It came out a little noisy as the 7D doesn't handle high ISO settings as well as my newer cameras.
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    I went back to the super telephoto package to photograph across Brown's Bay as the Builder approached Picnic Point. Before you get envious of the person that owns the big house above the tracks, remember that this entire area is prone to slides and has been the cause of numerous passenger service cancellations over the years.
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    I was hoping to get the Builder with an alpen glow Mt. Baker in the background as it approached Mukilteo.....
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    But I had a little too much reach and chopped off the peak. I probably could have gotten the entire peak in the photo if I had been using one of my cameras with a full frame sensor or if I had removed the teleconverter. It looks like another sunny day today, so I can try again tonight.
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    Yeah the old 7D sensor doesn't hold up well these days. I took 4 old bodies into my local store for an evaluation for trade, 3 Canons and a Fuji, including my 7D. I'm going to take advantage of Sony offering an additional trade in value to one of their full frames. I still have my my 5D4 and 7D2 though.

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    I always think of you when I take extreme telephoto head-on shots.

    I am amazed at how crude the 7D seems when compared to my newer cameras, but I can't bring myself to part with my old cameras because I know I won't get much for them as trade-ins. I still have an old 5DII that has a faulty light meter due to my dropping it. I need to play with it to see if I can still use it with proper exposure compensation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    I probably could have gotten the entire peak in the photo if I had been using one of my cameras with a full frame sensor or if I had removed the teleconverter. It looks like another sunny day today, so I can try again tonight.
    I set up at the location the following day (2-12-18) after bailing out my 5DIII from the camera shop. The sunset shots did not turn out well, so I am just posting up photos I took with the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC.

    A B.C. bound coal train passed through prior to the afternoon passenger fleet.

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    The 4:30pm Sounder was late and caught the coal train just south of the single track section of mainline between Edmonds and Mukilteo. The coal train slowed down, but did not have to stop.

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    By using the 5DIII (full frame sensor) instead of the 7DII (crop frame sensor), I was able to get a full view of Mt. Baker without cutting off the peak.

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    A pair of Geeps sneaked through ahead of the 5:00pm Sounder.

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    The 5:00pm Sounder.

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    Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8).
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    The 5:00pm Sounder and #8 were under some kind of slow order north of Edmonds, as they took forever to get in position for a shot with Mt. Baker. The Builder barely made it into the photo before nightfall.
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