14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience

I had mapped out where these are located along the route to Wyoming. I had been planning to photograph this particular location for over a year. The day I planned to arrive here was late in the day -- to catch the low light. My day began early with photography across South Dakota of Railroad Landscapes -- grain silos, small towns, lone trees against the vast expanse of the Great Plains. I felt the day was pretty fruitful so far -- but as I began my final approach to photograph the sign, I encountered some nasty weather. Driving along I-90 the sky darkened dramatically and everything was near pitch-black as rain came down in buckets and traffic on the interstate decreased to a snail's pace. I was resigned to my fate. As I got nearer to my destination, the sky was still very dark and rain continued to fall. I began working with the medium format camera and suddenly the sky began to break apart in the West, where the sun was falling. I saw an opportunity and as the rain stopped I grabbed my camera again and placed the camera in-front of the locomotive. I shot one sheet out of fear : having traveled this far from New York I didn't want to leave here without something -- even if it's not perfect. So I waited longer but time was running out. After praying to St. Ansel and the Gods of Photography, the sky cleared and this is what unfolded in front of me.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Midland, South Dakota, United States of America
Camera: PerfectionV700
Copyright: © John Sanderson