RailPictures.Net Photo: SOU 3179 Southern Railway EMD SD40 at East Stone Gap, Virginia by Ron Flanary
 
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Southern Railway (more..)
EMD SD40 (more..)
Baum Hollow (more..)
East Stone Gap, Virginia, USA (more..)
July 12, 1984
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SOU 3179 (more..)
NS Second 90 (more..)
Ron Flanary (more..)
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"The Dark Side" Too many railroad photographers are obsessed with the "sunny day" wedge shot---a brightly lit nose and low sun to illuminate the trucks (wheel sets) and other stuff such as fuel tanks. Sure, those kinds of shots are "pretty," but railroading is a noisy, gritty, dirty business, and the best way to capture it on film (well....on pixels these days) is on the "dark side." The NS train (Second 90, with green flags and class lights for a following section) is shown on July 12, 1984. Notice how the cross lighting picks up otherwise unseen details of the struggle---particularly the cloud of dust from traction sand and exhaust smoke. There's nothing better than going to the "dark side." If you want to elevate your game as a railroad photographer, step out of your comfort zone and try something different. You have to be super aware of the extremes of light and dark and find the proper exposure to do justice to both.
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