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Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!
You know the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" Sometimes as railfans or as photographers in general, we appear to have limited options on what to photograph. Maybe you live in an area where there's only one train a day. Maybe you can't travel to "interesting" places and must make do with what is in walking distance. Maybe, like me, you find yourself by a train yard with only one locomotive in it. What do you do?
I had about an hour to spend at CP's main Winnipeg yard this past Saturday afternoon. I arrived at the east end of the yard at 1:15 PM and I saw this scene.
I decided to take that as a challenge and I sought to find more photographs than the obvious ones I took above and below.
It's always good to include a "sense of place" in your photographs. I found this angle with the Winnipeg Cold Storage building in the background.
Zooming in to focus on details never hurts...
The new Golden Beaver
You saw the Winnipeg Jets flag and the locomotive as the lead photo in this post. I have a Jets flag on my car, and I used it with the locomotive to make a statement.
Don't be afraid to use props!
I saw a few opportunities with the freight cars behind CP 8143... starting with the buffer car itself, BNSF 808686.
A few cars down, I saw a Canadian Wheat Board logo between two tank cars.
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I spotted the old Robbs Glass building and wanted to include it in a photo. While I was walking there, a CP switcher came rumbling out of the yard in a cloud of smoke.
I hope you've enjoyed this little batch of lemonade, and you can take some inspiration for turning your own photographic lemons into lemonade.
This article first appeared on blog.traingeek.ca
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