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 thoughts on “Amtrak 63, Ivison Road, South Byron, New York, May 6, 1989.”

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

    1. 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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