If You Don’t Succeed At First
After photographing the inaugural run of Amtrak’s westbound Sunset Limited at its new time this past Monday in less than ideal conditions, I found myself trackside this evening hoping for better luck.
When I arrived at the east switch of Sugar Land siding (MP 25) at 1920, there was nice light. I thought I could replicate the shot from Monday, but by 7:30 PM I had to re-locate due to shadows from the Nalco Chemical offices creeping across the right-of-way.
I ended up about 200 yards west of where I had originally set up, not the shot I wanted, but light trumps scenery. It’s not ideal light, but then again the sun is barely above the horizon, so I won’t complain.
At 7:36 PM, the train arrived.
Just like that, the train was by me. In reviewing the file data, I see the first image was captured at 7:36:02, the last image was made at 7:36:16.
It seems like a lot of time and effort must be expended for a mere 14 seconds of photography, but somebody’s got to do it…