Fast storm – Fast train – Fast focus

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Lens: Sigma DG 150-600mm f5.0-6.3 Contemporary at 283mm
Shutter: 1/320 sec. Aperture: f/8 ISO Setting: 400
Photo: © William Beecher Jr., 2017. All rights reserved.
William Beecher Jr.
The storm blew in and departed as quickly as this Canadian National hotshot.

Photographer William Beecher Jr. thought catching this train under threatening skies might result in a great photo. “I knew the train had a brand new GE ET44AC leading; I figured it would be sparkling clean and absolutely shimmering, blasting out of the front edge of this fast-moving thunderstorm. Pioneer Road at Rugby Junction, Wis., seemed like as good a spot as any. I really wanted to be able to compress the “sag” seen through the length of the train, while the glistening locomotive ripped thru the sharp curve in the foreground. I had no time to deal with a tripod, plus with rain imminent I didn’t want the worry of being caught in the downpour. It was just one of those quick ‘smash and grab’ setups.”
Sigma 150-600mm f5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens
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The Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens features great tracking capabilities that make it well suited to railroad action photography. “When you have a monster like this bearing down on you, you want to be sure that every frame is going to be sharp.” Beecher says. “I know I can count on my Sigma lens to keep up with my camera, and give me a great selection of tack-sharp images as the composition changes.” And with the optional Sigma USB Dock, the lens can be customized for even faster AF performance, or a smoother result from the stabilizer.

Since 1961, Sigma has developed technologies that enable photographers to capture perfect images. Today, Sigma is a top choice for railfans worldwide. Put yourself in the action with Sigma’s 150-600mm f5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.

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