Amtrak 63, Ivison Road, South Byron, New York, May 6, 1989.

It was 2:48pm, when I made this image of Amtrak train 63, the Maple Leaf approaching Ivison Road—named for the Ivison farm at the center of the photograph.

Exposed on Kodak Plus X using a Leica M3 with 50mm Summicron lens, f5.6 1/250th of a second.
Exposed on Kodak Plus X using a Leica M3 with 50mm Summicron lens, f5.6 1/250th of a second. Exposure calculated with the aid of a Sekonic Studio Deluxe hand-held photo cell.

I’ve allowed the road to occupy the dominant portion of the frame; yet the train remains the subject. At the time, an Amtrak F40PH with Amfleet was just about as ordinary as it got and I wanted to put the train in its environment to make for a more interesting image.

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3 comments on “Amtrak 63, Ivison Road, South Byron, New York, May 6, 1989.

  1. Ciarán on said:

    Nice composition Brian, random question, but just looking at the date, you didn’t happen to shoot anything on the 13th May?

    • 13th of May 1989? Or 13th of May 2015?

    • Hello Ciarán,
      Yes, you are in luck. According to my notes, I spent most of the day photographing trains on 13 May 1989, mostly on Conrail’s Water Level Route east of Rochester, New York. I made images of 16 trains, mostly on Kodachrome 25. Finding the photos may require a bit of digging. What do you have in mind?
      Brian Solomon

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