Savanna, Illinois Revisited—June 24, 2010.

On a blustery winter morning I find it nice to look through photos made on warm summer afternoons.

In June 2010, I had just bought my Canon EOS 7D DSLR (digital single lens reflex) and made an extended drive around the Midwest to visit friends, gather materials for a book, and test the camera. This went on for several weeks.

On the afternoon of June 24th, I revisited familiar territory along the Mississippi River at Savanna. Not yet fully trusting the digital camera, I exposed a number of slides from the top of the bluff.

A BNSF double stack container train works along the former Burlington main line near Savanna, Illinois. Exposed with a Canon EOS 7D with 100-400mm lens set at 150mm. ISO 200.
A BNSF double stack container train works along the former Burlington main line near Savanna, Illinois. Exposed with a Canon EOS 7D with 100-400mm lens set at 150mm. ISO 200.
Trailing view of the same stack train; exposed my new EOS 7D with 400mm lens set at 235mm. ISO 200.
Trailing view of the same stack train; exposed my new EOS 7D with 400mm lens set at 235mm. ISO 200.

I made this pair of images from river level of an eastward BNSF double stack was headed toward Chicago.

Of the two, I much prefer the second photo. For me this better portrays the railroad in its environment with a variety of secondary subjects to add interest.

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