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Edition #10, July 15, 2005

Yankee Ingenuity

Photographer: Tom Nanos

                                                                                   Photo 2005 by Tom Nanos

Yankee Ingenuity

When waiting around trackside for "that shot", I often find myself looking for other subjects that strike my interest, and they usually range from trackside signals, artifacts along the right of way, or the track structure itself.  On one bitterly cold and sunny New England winter day, I found myself quite literally face to face with something entirely unexpected - a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke hanging out the conductor's window of a New England Central GP-38.

Well, instead of letting something this unique and rather ingenious on the part of the crew go by, I snapped a few different angles of the subject soda.  Well, here's the final result - something completely different, and something that I'm pretty happy with, despite being in the shadows.  I'm just surprised it wasn't frozen - air temp was around 15*F, and wind chills were down well below 0*F.

In the background is the Amtrak Northeast Corridor's Thames River Drawbridge, which incidentally, was stuck open, delaying a Boston-bound Acela about 150 yards behind me.  Photo was taken in New London, CT on January 28, 2005.

Camera data:  Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm f/4L  Shot data: ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/500, 200mm focal length.

Tom Nanos


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