Posts Tagged ‘NS trains and sunset’

EOT at End of the Day

March 17, 2017

It was already starting to get dark when I arrived in Olmsted Falls. It has been an unusually warm January day and traffic on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern was unusually heavy. Almost all of it was going westbound.

What had brought me there was the promise of seeing the Lehigh Valley heritage unit. I had seen it just once before, back in 2012, in Olmsted Falls. But it had been trailing.

I got the LV H unit and waited for the train to pass. There was some sunset color to the west so I decided to see what I could do with it.

To my surprise and delight, I caught the blinking red light of the EOT just at the right time.

It created a starburst effect that provided a nice contrast with the shadows of the train against the last light of day.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Sunset on the NS Fort Wayne Line

November 12, 2016

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It was late on a Sunday and Marty Surdyk and I were headed for home after an afternoon railfannng the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern east of Alliance.

It has been a productive day that had netted a number of trains at the Garfield sag and the NS executive train in Salem.

I thought I was done photographing for the day, but that wasn’t the case. As we came back through Salem from Leetonia, the gates came down and an eastbound NS tanker train came along.

The sun was setting at the time and on a whim, I jumped out of the passenger seat of Marty’s Jeep and made this image.

We had to cross the Fort Wayne Line again near Garfield and I asked him to stop so I could try my hand at the sunset colors in a down-the-tracks view.

The image didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped it would because there just wasn’t a lot of color in this sunset. But it was something and it would turn out to be the last photograph that I made on this day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Sunset in Olmsted Falls

March 4, 2016

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Sunset in Olmsted Falls

I’ve always had a fondness for sunset photography. I enjoy viewing a good sunset photograph and I enjoy trying my hand at making sunset photographs.

You will find far more sunset images in my collection than sunrise photographs. I’m not one for getting up in the middle of the night to travel to an open area to photograph the sun rise.

But when possible I like to stay out long enough to see it set.

Here are a couple of images I made at Olmsted Falls in September 2011. They are among my earliest works after I went digital.

Digital photography works well with sunset photography because you can make numerous shots and see right away what adjustments you need to make.

In the top photograph, an eastbound Norfolk Southern manifest freight is on Track No. 2. The bottom photograph is the same train, but toward the middle of the consist as I zoomed in on it.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders