Waiting on a train.
I've wanted to visit Morant's Curve for a while, and had my opportunity today now that the road has just been re-opened in this section. It can be a long wait, though... you never know when a train will be by. The bottom photo was taken by Nicholas Morant, after which this spot was named. Morant was hired by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1929 as a "special photographer" and spent most of the next 50 years of his life documenting all aspects of the CPR in photos. I found a book of his photos online here that I plan on ordering.
I learned a couple things here that I will remember for future visits. First, it's dark here in the shade of a mountain, even in the middle of summer. There is no point arriving at the crack of dawn because you'll still have to crank the ISO way up and stand in the cold for a long time. Second, related to first, trains are a moving target so you need 1/320 minimum for a sharp picture (unless you want a blurred image for effect of course). I look forward to returning here in the winter with deep snow as a reflector filling in those shadows!
Top photos taken July 7, 2018
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