Posted by Cameron Applegath on October 9, 2011 
Think if your train outlawed here, you could just walk home! Great shot, Gary.
Posted by Derek Stewart on October 9, 2011 
Yep, I'd live there. I only live about a block away from CSX's Toledo Sub so I'm used to the trains at night.
Posted by Jake McGarvie on October 9, 2011 
No words can describe this capture!
Posted by Jake McGarvie on October 9, 2011 
O. Winston Link would be proud of you! Your nite shots are wicked!
Posted by David Carballido-Jeans on October 9, 2011 
Where's the "For Sale" sign for those houses? Great picture, nicely done Gary.
Posted by on October 9, 2011 
Wow, what a shot, Gary! How did you manage to get this all organized?
Posted by Dave Blaze... on October 9, 2011 
Posted by Scott Markloff on October 9, 2011 
Very nice, Gary. Did any neighbor's complain about all that flash light going off at 3:30 in the morning?
Posted by Chris Nicholls on October 10, 2011 
Great shot.
Posted by Nigel Curtis on October 12, 2011 
Absolutely stunning - no other words describe it.
Posted by on October 12, 2011 
A masterpiece as always, thanks.
Posted by Ross Fotheringham on October 12, 2011 
I wonder how long a crew is (if at all) temporarily blinded during a shot like this. The powerful flashes penetrate right into the cab lighting up at least the conductors face and of course the whole street, turning night into day. A guy a few years back had so many flashes synced for a shot like this that a resident nearby called the fire department fearing a nearby factory had exploded. Not trying to knock the shot I just wondered if that's an issue when taking it.
Posted by miningcamper on October 13, 2011 
I wonder the same things that Ross and Ian brought up. The hazards of night photography range from police officers (some really ignorant) to paranoid train crews. One BN crew came toward me with clubs, until they realized I was taking a time exposure of their train with lightning in the sky.
Posted by on October 13, 2011 
Don't let the brightness of the photos fool you. The flash is over in a split second, you're just dealing with a camera that has very high sensitivity. I realize it looks like the amount of light on a scene is intense, but you'd be surprised how many times I have crews ask if the photo even turned out because they didn't think there was enough light. In Gary's case he shoots a first generation Canon 5D at 1600ISO. I use a Nikon D300 and occasionally a Nikon D700, and prefer the latter of the two since the D700 doesn't need any noise reduction processing, even at ISO 1600. I can only speak for Gary and myself, since we're both using similar equipment and techniques. There are others out there using different setups including the antique foil-filled bayonet bulbs, and even the higher powered Alien Bees Strobes with long throws. Gary also does something that I don't. He fires a warning flash when the train comes into view from a distance, in the hope that the crew will notice and be a little less surprised by it. I don't bother, as I've been told that the headlights really drown out the flashes from the crew's perspective. Nice photo Gary.
Posted by Erick Anderson on October 17, 2011 
Congratulations on getting the trifecta, Gary.
Posted by on October 28, 2011 
Beautiful shot. But as much as I love trains, I don't think I'd want to live so close the tracks.
Posted by Jason Spaulding on October 30, 2011 
I like trains, but im glad I dont live that close to the tracks, it would drive me nuts.
Posted by Stan Sienicki on December 10, 2011 
I wonder if State Farm would do a commercial at this location? Parked your car to close to the tracks? no problem well send an agent right out, Nice capture Gary as usual a work of art. Stan
Posted by Scott Marsh on December 26, 2011 
That is Nice.
Posted by Jesse Hearndon on March 23, 2012 
Over here on the Florida East Coast Railway I know a few of the engineers and we convene on a Yahoo messageboard periodically. If they're getting flashed I let them know a day or two ahead of time with where I'll be and what side of the RoW I'll be on, works out pretty well. Have had a few police walk up on me, they see the lighting setup and camera and sometimes stick around for the shot curious as to how I freeze a moving train at 4 in the morning. What are you using for light in this shot?
Posted by Gene Butler on April 13, 2012 
Posted by on June 3, 2012 
Well - I think its safe to say that Gary has completed the 1st ever Quadrupedal awards for 1 photo! Congratulations on the EP!
Posted by Conrail215 on October 26, 2012 
I would love to hang around there!
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