January 3, 2012

The 119

About 55 mile Northwest of here, out on the way to the middle of nowhere, is a pretty significant historical site.  The Golden Spike National Historic Site marks the point where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad.  Well, they actually paralleled each other for about 250 mile, and this is the place that congress determined they should connect.  The final spike, made of gold, was driven on May 10, 1869.  From the West, the Central Pacific sent the Jupiter, from the East, the Union Pacific sent the 119.  Both are absolutely fantastic and very photogenic.  While visiting the other day, we had the opportunity to see and shoot the 119.  The conditions couldn't have been much better, the cold air helped accentuate the steam and and the partly overcast skies helped diffuse the light.  

These images were created using the Canon 1D Mk IV with the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens and the Canon 40D with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens.

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