View of the Hudson River Valley with Bear Mountain Bridge using a Telephoto Lens.

Back on October 30, 1999, Mike Gardner and I were on photographic expedition of the lower Hudson Valley. We were set up near Fort Montgomery on the west side of the river waiting for a northward CSX freight.

As is often the case on the Hudson, the action often seems to be on the far side of the river, regardless of which side you’re set up at.

Soft afternoon sun filled the Hudson Valley, a bit of glint graces the locomotive on the Poughkeepsie-end of the consist. I was using Fuji Provia100F color slide film.
Soft afternoon sun filled the Hudson Valley, a bit of glint graces the locomotive on the Poughkeepsie-end of the consist. I exposed this image on Fuji Provia100F color slide film.

Using my Nikon N90S with 80-200mm Nikkor zoom, I exposed this image of a Metro-North train working the old Hudson Line and framed it with a central portion of the famous Bear Mountain Bridge.

Which element has the greatest interest? The passenger train, the Hudson, or the disembodied bridge span?

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One thought on “View of the Hudson River Valley with Bear Mountain Bridge using a Telephoto Lens.”

  1. All three elements combine to make it a great shot. Interestingly, there’s a similar late-afternoon shot that you can get above the south portal of Fort Montgomery Tunnel. Access is in the park, and you can great telephoto shots of passenger action across the Hudson as well as northbounds on the River Line.

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