Despite a hazy, foggy start, this morning ended up being pretty nice weather-wise. Along with the sunny, and somewhat hazy skies, there wasn’t a breath of wind. And when there’s no wind, there’s sure to be calm, glass-like water. Today wasn’t an exception – both the Thames River and Mill Cove were as smooth as glass.
This morning I was able to head out at the usual time, and ended up making it to Mill Cove ahead of P&W NR-2 by a few minutes. While waiting I pondered the idea of changing up a few things when I was shooting NR-2 today – you know, just to mix things up a bit. So I thought about a couple different framings both here at Mill Cove and down at Fairview.
A few minutes later, NR-2 called home reporting that they were south of MP5, so I got into position at the south end of the glassy cove. As they came into view, I put one of the different framings into practice. Instead of my usual focusing on only the train, I panned a bit to the right, including the dock, boats & gazebo in the background, in addition to NR-2
Then a standard shot of them rounding the bend
A cropped pano of them with the boats
Then a quartet of standard shots using both the telephoto and wide angle
OK ,time to try and get ahead of them down at Fairview.
Today, unlike most days, the traffic lights cooperated, and I was greeted by green lights as I headed for the bottom end of Fairview yard. So I parked the car, and started walking a bit north. I was aiming to shoot around the switch a 100 or so yards north. On the way, I got a couple shots of passing ships – one US Coast Guard training vessel, and one US Navy Sub Base Police boat
And as soon as I got up to the switch, NR-2 came into view at the top end of Fairview Yard. A few moments later, they came close enough for the telephoto.
Then a switch to the wide angle for the shot I had in mind
As they rolled past, the crew gave a nice wave out the window, and as the rolled on, I got a couple of different low angle shots, incorporating part of the switch into the framing.
And finally a telephoto of the power rounding the bend to the south of me
As they pulled to a stop, they were starting to do some switching work. So I decided to head back to the office and call it a morning…well, almost. I got one shot of the Coast Guard training vessel as it was passing by the State Pier
Then I called it a morning, and headed back to the office for the remainder of the day.
Thanks for looking!