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#1 ericbowles


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:30 AM

I just returned from leading the Nikonians ANPAT to western Colorado.  One of the activities was a train ride on on a steam train from Durango to Silverton.  I dropped off everyone in Durango and drove the van to Silverton to meet the group at the end of the ride.  The benefit was a chance for some great train photos along the way.


The day started in bright sun with light clouds, but by the end of the ride three hours later, we had hard rain, sleet, and a little thunder.



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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:21 AM

Nice shots. I was going to try and meet up with you guys, but I had some appointments flare up. 

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 01:24 PM

Wonderful shots Eric.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 01:25 PM

Nice shots, Eric.  I think #1 is my fave, mainly because you are closer to the train and I really like the atmosphere.  :)


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 04:32 PM

Excellent work!


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 05:19 PM

Like your shots, especially #1.


Glad to see you found my suggested location along the highway for #2.   Judging by the time stamps #1 must have been taken very near SIlverton.  I looked for a location like that but wasn't successful.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:07 PM

Can't decide what I like better, both are great images.  Well done, Eric.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:53 AM

Thanks, everyone!


Gary - you're right about the rainy image.  It was right before arriving in Silverton.  There was an unmarked dirt road heading back toward my shooting location.  I found it from the edge of the road high above a little before the train arrived.


The nice thing about this train is that it travels on a regular schedule and there is just one train track.  If you are in the area, you can follow the train or figure out the approximate times.  I was able to get pretty good photos in 5 locations along the route.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:48 PM

Very nice, Eric...I like the last one...

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:05 PM

I love them. First one very "moody"  :)



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Posted 13 October 2018 - 03:00 PM

Love them both!





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Posted 23 October 2018 - 09:31 AM

Nice pics. I've been on that train a few times. Brings back good memories. Personally I like the one in Chama better but my wife likes the one in Durango better. Either one of them are a treat. I've wanted to catch the "snowball express" in Chama but can't bring myself to get out in the cold. (-:}

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:48 AM

Thanks, everyone.


Photographing these scenic railways is fun but a challenge.  You have plenty of time to set up, but the exact framing is at the last minute with a moving subject.  


I saw a scenic train yesterday that operates out of Bryson City and Dillsboro, NC - the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  They have several trains and routes. https://www.gsmr.com/

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