A Short Little Bio


Personally

Me, well, I'm nuts. That's a good place to start. Let's see...I'm as of this writing, a 27 year old geezer. I've got a wonderful wife (Shena), a 6 year old daughter (Eliana), a 3 year old son (Miles), a 1 year old daughter (Juliet), and a pair of cats (Edison and Corbin). As I said, I'm 27, but can fool people for 35 or better! Must be the hair line (see photos)...thanks, Dad! ;-) I try to keep an even keel, don't stress out if I can help it. Let's face it, life's a bitch whether you are miserable or not, so it doesn't make a difference if you bitch and moan constantly. My day job (what, he works?!!) is dispatching trucks. I'm currently working for Vandenberg Hay Farms keeping 9 trucks rolling out of Nobleford, AB. Juggling work, railfanning, and the family I mentioned keeps a guy pretty busy. I love a good laugh, and can be a pain in the rear, but if you see me trackside (in a white 2009 F150), say hi and share a story.

Shooting style

My photography style is pretty simple...see a train, point the camera at it! Actually, there's more to it than that. Where I used to shoot everything that came by, now I pick and choose my shots a lot more. My favorite shots are head-on telephoto views, to the point where I've looked back on certain shots and said "I shoulda used a shorter lens" If I can't work a head-on, I'll usually go for a wedgie (the photo type, you sick bugger) since I'm not a big fan of broadsides. I'm all digital (Canon EOS D30) since April 2006, and have a wide assortment of lenses. When I'm shooting, I'll typically take a series of 2 or 3 shots as the train approaches, then pick the best one to keep.

Railfanning style

The biggest thing about how I railfan is, I can't sit still. Locally, I start by checking the yard, and usually wait for something to depart. Once I know where the train is going (OCS territory helps), I'll get in position for a shot. Big trips are rare these days, but they have a bit of a pattern. I start early (oh-dark-thirty) and first get an idea of where to go. If there's nothing moving on CP, it's down to Montana and the BNSF on Marias Pass, but I always consider the flatlands of the Taber Sub, or the very scenic Crowsnest Sub. Remember, the more trains you get, the more chances you have to shoot! I'd say that about covers it. So who is this nutcase behind the site? See the next section!

Photos

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Darren
Darren
Shena
Shena
Eliana
Eliana
Miles
Miles

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