UP 844 travels to Phoenix

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StrangiatoTheme

losing the culture war
A little cloudy, but what can you do...

Westbound near Rillito, AZ. Hope that guy got a great photo on his cell phone :rolleyes: :

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Cruising west of the Wymola siding:

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Slowing to take the switch at Picacho:

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In the siding at Picacho:

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Switching game on the wye. The cars had to be rearranged to distribute the weight more evenly throughout the train in preparation for crossing the Gila River and Salt River bridges. The water car and 1996 had to be moved to the rear of the train (they also apparently can't wye the train in Phoenix, so 1996 will be leading back to Picacho on Tuesday):

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Finally reconfigured and heading up the Phoenix Sub near Coolidge:

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Departing Coolidge and crossing the Gila River at restricted speed. Apparently this is all Reservation land, and as soon as the train passed we were all promptly chased off by police:

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Crossing Tempe Town Lake:

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Eastern Railfan

Ferroequineologist
Wow!!! An impressive series and one of the best of 844 I've seen on here to date. I think the clouds actually worked out well for you, allowing you to shoot at practically any angle you pleased without fear of shooting into the sun. I also really dig your wide angle shots. What were you shooting with, if you don't mind my asking?
 

StrangiatoTheme

losing the culture war
Wow!!! An impressive series and one of the best of 844 I've seen on here to date. I think the clouds actually worked out well for you, allowing you to shoot at practically any angle you pleased without fear of shooting into the sun. I also really dig your wide angle shots. What were you shooting with, if you don't mind my asking?
Thanks! Yes, there were some benefits to having the cloud cover, and by the time it got to Tempe (almost an hour late) the sun was starting to show through. Worked out pretty well in that regard. I was shooting with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, on a 30D body.
 

StrangiatoTheme

losing the culture war
I've heard good things about the Sigma 10-20mm, but if I remember right it is geared towards crop sensors. Not sure how well it would do on my 5D Mk II.
Yeah they seem to really only be useful with the APS-C sensors. With a full frame I think you can actually see the inside of the lens hood at 10mm. The Sigma has worked out pretty well for me though, especially when it's on my 7D (which is in for repairs at the moment, go figure).
 




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