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Not a Photo of the Southern Crescent... but worth a look...

posted Aug 21, 2017, 5:26 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 5:27 PM ]
The Southern Crescent was an overnight long-haul passenger train operated by the Southern Railway between Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, Louisiana, with connections North and West in those two cities. The line was operated as a privately-run train for eight years after Amtrak took over most of the nation's other passenger trains on May 11971. The last run of the Southern Crescent, Southern train numbers 1 and 2, took place on January 311979, with Amtrak taking over the route on February 1, renumbering them 19 and 20. Credit: https://clemsonwiki.com/wiki/Southern_Crescent .

The train still operates today. 

One of members and a wonderful photographer, especially  of railroads, took a picture of a different crescent today. Alex Mayes captured the sun peeking out behind the moon in the shape of a crescent in the Southern sky. This was the 85% solar eclipse (sun blocked by the moon) which graced the Washington, D.C. area  peaking about 2:42 pm for just a couple minutes. The picture, one of about 30 Alex took,  is spectacular and we thought it worth sharing.


Alex said "I found the best viewing was when the sun was partially obscured by clouds, as when the sun was out full it was too bright, with no contrast for good photos. I used my Canon EOS 7D with a Tamron 16-300 MM lens, zoomed out to 300 MM—no filter on the lens.  Bracketed the exposures widely to ensure at least a few of the images came out OK."

Thanks for sharing, Alex.


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