East Broad Top Narrow Gauge—Variations on a Theme.

Today’s Tracking the Light displays two images exposed about a year apart from the same overhead bridge near Orbisonia, Pennsylvania.

In both instances I’m photographing the first train of the morning working upgrade away from Orbisonia station using a telephoto lens.

East Broad Top 2-8-2 number 15 working on rusty rail near Rockhill Furnace in October 1996, exposed with a Nikon F3T with f4.0 200mm lens.
East Broad Top 2-8-2 number 15 working on rusty rail near Rockhill Furnace in October 1996, exposed with a Nikon F3T with f4.0 200mm lens.
On September 20, 1997, East Broad Top 2-8-2 number 14 tackles the same grade as pictured above. Exposed using a Nikon N90S with Nikkor f.2.8 80-200mm zoom lens.
On September 20, 1997, East Broad Top 2-8-2 number 14 tackles the same grade as pictured above. Exposed using a Nikon N90S with Nikkor f.2.8 80-200mm zoom lens.

Although the location and time of year, and overall scene are similar, I’ve produced two different images, owing to slight differences in my angle and the lighting, as well as the position of the locomotive and its exhaust smoke. In addition I was using different camara-lens combinations.

Subtle changes can result in significantly different photos.

I have my favorite. Which do you like better?

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2 thoughts on “East Broad Top Narrow Gauge—Variations on a Theme.”

  1. Since you asked, I like #1 better. The composition is more balanced. You can see more of the train, and the train is more a part of an over-all scene.

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