Posts Tagged ‘clouds’

Cloud over the Wheeling & Lake Erie

May 16, 2017

Sure, I like the Wheeling & Lake Erie lead locomotive in this scene. For that matter I like the varied motive power consist of this eastbound tank car train on the Brewster Subdivision southeast of Spencer.

And I like the surrounding fields that give a sense of place.

Yet what I like the most about this image is that big old cloud hovering over the train.

I had been dodging clouds all day during this outing and for once the clouds cooperated by not blocking the sun.

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Both Sides Now

May 9, 2017

I look at this photograph and I think of that Joni Mitchell song Both Sides Now. She sings about how clouds can be rows and flows of angel hair and ice castles in the air.

Clouds can add beauty and drama to an image, but they can also, as the second stanza of Both Sides Now reminds us, block the sun.

And so it was as CSX eastbound intermodal train Q010 came along as I stood atop the reservoir at New London.

My objective in making this image was clouds. I got the clouds all right, but at the crucial moment one of them blocked the sun.

Anyone who has spent time trackside has seen clouds from both sides. It is sometimes called getting cloud skunked.

I made the photograph anyway even though the train was in the shadows.

Of course, shadows can be a wonderful thing, too. But like clouds, they, too, are multifaceted. They can be your friend or they can be your adversary. Sometimes they are both at the same time.

So this image didn’t work out as I had planned, but at least I got some nice clouds.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders