The Essex Fright Train 1


The Essex Steam Train is putting on a “Fright Train” this year – a Halloween themed train ride from Essex up to Chester and back.  On the first night it ran, I decided to try something new – using the Lumedyne at dusk instead of in the darkness as I usually do.  Well, that and shooting a moving steam engine instead of the usual diesels that have plied the night rails.

I got to Essex about 15 minutes before departure – just enough time to grab a coffee in Centerbrook, and set up at my first spot – the crossing at Old Deep River Road.  So with hot coffee in hand (it was a cold evening), I set up the Lumedyne and took a few test shots.  Happy with the angle and flash placement, I waited.  A few minutes later the distinctive sound of #40 came around the bend, followed by lights and a column of smoke.  I snapped a shot just before the train hit the crossing, getting some of the fall color into the frame.

The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Essex, CT (Lumedyne flash)
The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Essex, CT (Lumedyne flash)
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:10:22 17:41:24
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Essex, CT (Lumedyne flash)

A quick check of the LCD showed me I pretty much nailed the shot!  OK, now could I fit another in?  I figured my best bet would be Deep River Landing, and setting up on the north end of the yard by the boat launch would work the best.

I got there just as the train was in earshot – only leaving me a couple moments to get the gear out, set it up and get a test shot off.  This time I stopped down a bit more, and kept everything else the same – I wanted to get the sky exposed right, and using the Lumedyne to light up the train.  Well, as he came into view, rattling across the crossing, I tripped the shutter, getting this shot – what I think was the best of the two (even though I screwed up the flash placement – it cast a shadow of the crossbuck across the nose):

The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Deep River Landing (Lumedyne flash)
The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Deep River Landing (Lumedyne flash)
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:10:22 17:53:29
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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The Essex Steam Train's Fright Train heads north through Deep River Landing (Lumedyne flash)

Satisfied with the two frames I got, I packed up and headed home – well, not home, had to meet Jill & the girls at gymnastics practice in Norwich.  If all goes well, I plan on shooting the last of the Fright Trains this coming weekend.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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