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Pioneer Zephyr, Western Springs, IL by eyepilot13 Pioneer Zephyr, Western Springs, IL by eyepilot13
9/22/12: I manage to get to the Racetrack and catch the Pioneer Zephyr IRM excursion to Galesburg... One of my more challenging shots! I'm on the southside of the tracks, away from foamers but an inbound BNSF UCT would block my shot so I race through the pedestrian underpass tunnel and climb the embankment just in time, but the UCT plays hell with my autofocus and the PZ comes racing by on M-2!
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:iconolderlocoboy:
OlderLocoBoy Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yea foamers get in the way it happened to me when i caught the penn central unit.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true! That's why I like going to more offbeat locations.
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OlderLocoBoy Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yea i walk to no mans land sometimes
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The joy of railfanning! :)
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OlderLocoBoy Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thats where i caught a sick power move.
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, so interesting to see an old classy diesel in the modern age!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!! I sure had to get a shot! After all it was only a few blocks from my house! :D
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And a unit coal train almost got in my way!!!
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I know!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's railfanning for you! :lol:
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh yeah!
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TrainzMan14578 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
The Burlington's E5s were a classic!
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Wow-- stunning capture! I’m going to have to echo a lot of the comments posted above me-- they just don’t make passenger trains as appealing as they used to. Although the contrast between the vintage streamliner and the modern freight cars could emphasize that point, in the right light, those hoppers look just traditional enough to pass for a period steam-era freight, too. Cool shot however you look at it. =)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much!!! :D I love the way you didn't just comment but provided some great insight and analyse! Thank again!!!! :)
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Well you're most welcome. A pic like this deserves some attention! =)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!!!
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jbyoung100 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, those foamers can be annoying. I've had last minute catches myself here and there too. The most recent one was in Lancaster, PA. I had just gotten off of a westbound Amtrak Keystone train when I noticed something approaching on the eastbound track. To my astonishment, it was an extremely rare Amtrak dash-8 wearing the original Phase IV colors and running light to God only knows where! I felt like Rocky Balboa after racing up the steps to the overpass and then practically slid down the railing on the other side onto the eastbound platform. I am so out of breath that I thought I was going to drop dead on the platform at any minute! I fumbled with my backpack to get my camera out of it's pouch, but of course, the damn zipper gets stuck! I finally freed my camera just in time as the magnificent dash-8 rumbled past the platform with ditch lights flashing and bell ringing! I slumped down on the bench after it passed and simply thought to myself: "Damn, that was worth it!"
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a true railfan...I salute you! :)
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jbyoung100 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, especially after I almost died of a heart attack from running up and down those stairs!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the feeling!!!!
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
well reward for the effort fine perspective shot of this beautiful train, full marks!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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914four Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still a fantastic capture. I've always believed that the frame and subject are a lot more important than the lighting when it comes to chasing trains. Anyone can snap a perfect shot of a stationary object, but to catch the varnish barreling along in a semi-darkness like this takes a little more. Bravo! I would give it an 8.5 out of ten. The one piece of advice I can give you is, when shooting fast moving objects, turn off the AF, focus ahead of your target and snap the shutter when you are in focus. Here's an example: [link] This was taken in turn 4 at Mosport, the fastest turn on the track, (which the Audi's were taking at around 245 to 260 km/h, or around 150-160 mph back then) with a Canon 300D Rebel 18-55mm kit lens. It's not perfect, but the entire kit cost less than the pros' lens hood. :-)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the advice!!! I'm glad you rate the shot so highly! I literally had less than 60 seconds to set the shot! A UCT was blocking my first set up and then I had to race under to the other side of the tracks! I appreciate your comment and advice!!! :D
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914four Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What I like about the shot is that you get the sensation of speed from it, it really feels like the 'Streak is living up to it's name in this image :-)
I recently bought the Kato N scale Silver Streak box set, so this image spoke to me even more as a result.
The trick with the focus I learned of necessity, my old A-1 didn't have AF and film was expensive!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man! I really appreciate your great comments! :D It was a challenging shot! I knew I had only one chance...and that Unit Coal Train really freaked me up!
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914four Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To me, that's what makes a great photographer, being able to improvise on the spot and get the shot anyway. Some might tell you to crop the image on the right, but I think the reflected headlights actually add to the image and would personally keep it just as it is.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! I totally agree!
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
When the classic still rollin, this is nice :D :D :D
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!~ :) I appreciate your comment!
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justcallmesly Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Got him at Hinsdale
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Woo! Didn't even know this sucker was on the loose! Speaking of passenger antics, Amcrash 890 just did a test run on the way to St Louis, 110mph between mp75 -90.5. Didn't these old passenger trains run 100+mph regularly a half century ago?
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not certain...but I really think they did...The Zephyr was racing!!!!!
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seekanddestroy1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
nice
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man!
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seekanddestroy1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
no prob
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beautiful!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate that!
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This is a great picture.

The St. Louis Museum of Transportation has a engine much like the one pictured here.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!!!!!
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wolfnut2985 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my friends out there was also on this side of the tracks at some place and a metra train blocked his view right as it passed.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! there were two Metras and the UCT! Challenging to say the least!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!there were two Metras and a UCT..IT was hard to get a shot!
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Great catch, EP! I am glad you got this! I am a bit jealous! XP! P.S. UP just got 60 brand new GEVOS. 8000 series. Should roll through your neck of the woods for the next few days on the hot trot Z trains! Over & Out!!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man!!!!! :)
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
You bet!!!! :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be watching for 'em...not like they are SD70Ms!
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