paploothelearned's avatar

Providence Hill

109 22 4K (1 Today)
By paploothelearned   |   
Published:
© 2009 - 2020 paploothelearned
On July 3, 2009, Southern Pacific 4449 launched its first leg of a 7 day journey to the mid west on July 3rd. It's route was from Portland, OR, to my current town of residence, Spokane, WA. Given a long love affair with this locomotive (that started when I was only three years old), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to foam at her.

Hour four of chasing her up from the Oregon border: Providence Hill. While only an hour and a half from my house, I had not heard of this apparently well known railfanning location. Upon arrival, we discovered several hundred people lined-up along the side of the road, waiting to take pictures.

This is one of my favorite shots of the trip, and to think that I almost decided to ditch my camera to pay 100% attention to being in the moment. (Starting at this point, I attempted to just enjoy the experience rather than viewing it through a lens.)

(c)2009 - No permissions granted for the use of this image without prior written permission from me!
Image size
1024x683px 648.98 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 3, 2009, 4:19:06 PM
Comments22
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
zaco21's avatar
Nice! Very nice!
SuperSonic107's avatar
SuperSonic107Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lovely Daylight, she's my parent's favorite steamer, and one of mine. Just gorgeous! :)
AveragePhotographer's avatar
AveragePhotographerHobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
ThomasZoey3000's avatar
ThomasZoey3000Hobbyist General Artist
I love that engine, and this is a really good shot of her. I can't wait till she returns to steam.
SAR500's avatar
SAR500Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Shot of the Daylight
Engine97's avatar
Engine97Hobbyist Filmographer
That is what I call an Awesome Shot!
Monch's avatar
Southern Pacific Daylight... Most beautiful train ever!
I have a model of this Locomotive in HO scale.
Nice picture!
paploothelearned's avatar
It was always my favorite too, ever since I was three and it blew its whistle at close range and scared me to death; funny how that works. :)
samreevesphoto's avatar
samreevesphotoProfessional Photographer
Hi, your photo has been featured on my blog for the 3rd Quarter DA Foam Feature. Excellent work sir. [link]
paploothelearned's avatar
thank you kindly. :) The same could be said about your work. :)
factorone33's avatar
factorone33Professional Photographer
Killer shot!
paploothelearned's avatar
Thanks! It is my favorite from the set. :)
classictrains's avatar
Yep... the best of a great batch! Thank you for showing us this.
ZCochrane's avatar
ZCochraneHobbyist Photographer
I guess you already know this from the others, but this pictures is just awesome!
paploothelearned's avatar
Thanks! It is the one shot from the nearly 400 I took that I really think is above my ability level.
samreevesphoto's avatar
samreevesphotoProfessional Photographer
That my friend is purely excellent! Thanks for posting! :D
paploothelearned's avatar
My pleasure. Stay tuned, I seem to be building out an overview of the best-of-each-location shots, probably followed by a journal entry tying them together.

I don't think I'll be able to top that shot, however. :) It is probably my all-time-favorite from my library of railroad shots.
shenanigan87's avatar
shenanigan87Hobbyist Photographer
I think the lens view was quite worth it, a photo will last longer! ^^
paploothelearned's avatar
Especially that shot.

On the other hand, I find that I don't feel like I've experienced things the same way since I spend more time watching through a lens, being concerned about getting the correct shot the whole time.

For an event this memorable, sometimes just savoring the moment is all one needs.

In the end, I think there is a balance that needs to be met, and once I got such a great shot, that is what I tried to do. I'd snap a couple pictures until she got real close, and then I'd just watch her go by.
shenanigan87's avatar
shenanigan87Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean! :)

I've only got very few photos from the rare time I took a cab ride. I normally don't have the time and money to travel to railroading events, but the one time I did, I just wanted to experience sitting in a decade old electric rumbling down the tracks. Heh, I even got the driver's seat, and the "privilege" of operating the dead man's switch :XD:
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In