Friday NR-2 3


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

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 passes by milepost 4 in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 passes by milepost 4 in Ledyard, CT
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Then a standard shot of them rounding the bend

NR-2 pulls through the curve at the top of Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT, showing a nice reflection
NR-2 pulls through the curve at the top of Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT, showing a nice reflection
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A cropped pano of them with the boats

NR-2 pulls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River
NR-2 pulls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River
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Then a quartet of standard shots using both the telephoto and wide angle

NR-2 head south along Mill Cove and the Thames River with the Harvard Boat House in the background
NR-2 head south along Mill Cove and the Thames River with the Harvard Boat House in the background
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NR-2 continues south along Mill Cove with the AES Thames power plant in the background and a coal barge
NR-2 continues south along Mill Cove with the AES Thames power plant in the background and a coal barge
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NR-2 stretches out along the causeway between a calm Mill Cove and the Thames River
NR-2 stretches out along the causeway between a calm Mill Cove and the Thames River
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NR-2 rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
NR-2 rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
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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

A US Coast Guard training vessel slips away from the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
A US Coast Guard training vessel slips away from the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
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A US Navy police boat heads south in the Thames River
A US Navy police boat heads south in the Thames River
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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.

NR-2 pulls into Fairview yard in Groton, CT
NR-2 pulls into Fairview yard in Groton, CT
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Then a switch to the wide angle for the shot I had in mind

NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard in Groton
NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard in Groton
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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.

NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard in Groton
NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard in Groton
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NR-2 rolling south through Fairview yard
NR-2 rolling south through Fairview yard
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And finally a telephoto of the power rounding the bend to the south of me

NR-2 heads out of sight at the south end of Fairview yard
NR-2 heads out of sight at the south end of Fairview yard
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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

A US Coast Guard training vessel heads south in the Thames
A US Coast Guard training vessel heads south in the Thames
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Then I called it a morning, and headed back to the office for the remainder of the day.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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