Trackside with Erik and Mike, Vol. 57: September 25, 2006

Erik Bergstrom writes: The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and it seems to be cloudy every time I have an opportunity to go trackside. Must be fall in Wisconsin!

With all the rain recently, I've realized that I might need to get a new accessory for my Canon 20D: a remote shutter release! If it's going to be dark and rainy for the next couple of months (before the snow sets in), I might as well try to take advantage of it and try to get some rainy night shots. For those who recall; yes, I had a remote switch release for my Canon Digital Rebel, but wouldn't you know it, it isn't compatible with my 20D. That's not the worst thing, however. It seems that the 20D's remote switch offers more options than the Digital Rebel's. More to come in the next few weeks.

Mike, don't you already have the 20D remote switch?

Mike Yuhas says: Yes, indeed I do. In fact, it's what made possible my photos in the Volume 54 and Volume 56 voting competitions. The 20D's shutter speed maxes out at 30 seconds -- which is fine in some applications, but not when you're in a dark alley or want a tiny aperture to increase the depth of field.
Mike Yuhas's photo for this week's voting competition. ISO 400, 1/500 sec at F8, 300mm
Mike Yuhas
Mr. Bergie is also correct that days are shortening as they always do this time of year. And the weather has often been crummy lately, too. That didn't stop me on September 3, a sunless Sunday in Illinois. Here's one such photo from that outing. Click on the image to enlarge.

The photo depicts a BNSF grain train that had loaded at the Greenwood elevator, just east of Mendota. Two big GEs on the front (and a DPU shoving on the rear) have the 105 heavy covered hoppers moving quickly upgrade on the former CB&Q near Buda, Illinois.

What does Mr. Bergie have up his sleeve?
Erik Bergstrom's photo for this week's voting competition. ISO 100, 1/500 sec at F8, 300mm
Erik Bergstrom
Erik: This week I have a Canadian Pacific train heading west through the Town of Brookfield, past the old Milwaukee Road depot. Notice the fellow railfan in the lower left of the photo?

Anything else you'd like to share before the voting, Mike?

Mike: Yes. I'd like to ask every reader to vote for my photo, and share their comments in our reader forums. Thanks, and see you next week for the recap!
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