Chuck Carstensen  

Union Pacific Engine 1370 by Chuck Carstensen

May 2020 - Union Pacific Engine 1370

About the Image(s)

Heading in to Montrose for pickup of tank cars tomorrow. This Engine was built in 1974 and has been stationed in several towns in the Western USA. It makes the run from Grand Junction, Colorado to Montrose once a week. It is a regular run for 1370. The 3 man crew is transported back to Grand Junction and returns by car the nest morning. The engine runs off and on during the night by radio remote control to keep it warm. Image made with the Fujifilm XPro2, 23mmf/2 lens set at f/16, 1/900th, ISO 1000, Acros Black and White film simulation. Post processed in Luminar 4.

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8 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Nice tones and a great sky. You have good details and clarity. I thought it could use a little "pop", so I increased the contrast and I think it made the train stand out a little more. I also cropped in a little tighter.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:58:52
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Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Thanks, Cindy. Yes better!   Posted: 05/06/2020 10:30:09
Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Agreed.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:53:46

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Agree on the great image and also like Cindy's modifications. Only other thought I would have is whether toning down the white fence helps or not. Really like the simplicity of the engine.   Posted: 05/06/2020 10:59:45

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I would add contrast and agree with Karl to tone down the fence. I would also get rid of the power line in the middle of the train, that would clean it up nicely.   Posted: 05/07/2020 22:15:50

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
I really like the strong lines in this image. I like the increased contrast and the crop at the bottom as well. I wonder if shooting with a slightly more open aperture would still give sharp detail on the engine but soften some of the bits in the background (the fence, the traffic lights, the power poles) - you would have to experiment.   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:41:11

David Price   David Price
I agree with Cindy regarding the contrast and crop. It looks a very powerful locomotive. I'd love to see pictures of it in action.   Posted: 05/15/2020 06:55:38
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
It is an oldie and a goodie. It has 16 cylinders, 3000 HP, weighs 250,000 LB. General Motors produced 1143 of these between 1972 and 1986. I have some YouTube videos at

cc   Posted: 05/15/2020 08:04:29