John L Mathis

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Amtrak 166 passes through Cerrillos, NM on November 30, 2013.

AMTRAK P42DC 166, passes through Cerrillos, New Mexico as it heads east with the Southwest Chief on November 30, 2013. This image was a real "grab shot" taken through the window of my F-150 as I had just crossed 13 miles of snow and mud covered road (Waldo Canyon) from I-25. I had never traveled that road before and had no idea of exactly where it came out. The road was snow covered and very muddy, including cows in the middle of the mud blocking the way and wondering what I was doing there. It would be a great drive when the road is dry as it is very scenic, but it was 4 wheel drive and keep moving. It did parallel the track for a distance but on the wrong side of the sun. It took me the better part of an hour to get there (a paved road from Santa Fe takes about 15 minutes). I wasn't sure when the Southwest Chief would arrive and as I was stopping to get set up it appeared. It slowed down for the village, which allowed me time to quickly grab the camera from the bag, turn it on, and shoot this through the windshield. It's fortunate that the OM-D E-M1 and the 14-150mm lens are so compact that I could rapidly get ready, because when I first saw the approaching train, the camera was still in its bag.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 - 1/800sec. - f/6.3 - ISO 200 - M.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens @52mm (eff. 104mm). Processed with DXO Optics Pro 9 and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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