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After Dark Railfanning – Progress Report

October 11, 2017

There’s hope for my after-dark railfanning imagery. My first attempts were less than stellar, but I got right back on the horse and have, IMHO, made some progress.

Last week, a pal and I headed out to catch an empty BNSF auto train, VALTLAR4 04 (Vehicle Alliance TX to Laredo TX) account it had two FXE motors. We knew the train would come in after dark, but didn’t think it would be midnight-thirty before we were able to photograph it. It wasn’t easy getting going the next morning after running around the southeast Texas boonies in the wee hours,  but getting some nice images of this train was worth it.

FXE 4063 & 4680 hold BNSF train VALTLAR4 04 on 10/6/2017 as it waited for a new crew just north of Algoa TX.

I like the lighting on this broadside-ish view.

And of course the roster-geek in me like this roster view of a fairly clean SD70ACe

How to do it: Set up your lights properly, turn on the flashes/trigger/receivers, and depress the shutter release. Easy.

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