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Hiking along the Thames

Last week I had a chance to not only get out and shoot for a bit, but I also worked a nice 1.5 mile hike in as well.  The only downside to that is I only got to shoot from one location.  But that’s OK – I think things worked out just fine at that one location.

With a decent sized hole in my schedule, I opted to head out and do a little shooting.  And as usual, the question of where to start came up in my head.  While pondering the possibilities, the scanner woke up and helped with that decision.  P&W train NR-2 just hit the Jewett City detector, giving me a good 40 minutes before they were in the area.  So I had time to head north a bit and catch them closer to Norwich.

I figured that a nice walk was in order – so I headed for Stoddard Hill State Park.  After parking the car and grabbing my gear, it was off to the edge of the Thames River for the 3/4 mile walk north to where I wanted to shoot – the bridge over the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line.

Once I got there I was greeted by a calm river and some blue skies mixed with wispy high clouds.  Now to wait around for NR-2s arrival – which should be within the next 15 minutes or so.

Just after NR-2 reported to the Worcester dispatcher that they were south of MP12, a boat headed north in the river.

A boater heading north in the calm Thames River
A boater heading north in the calm Thames River
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:02:29
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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A boater heading north in the calm Thames River

Normally that wouldn’t be an issue, but with the glass-like water, his wake broke up a pretty nice reflection shot.  Oh, well – adapt and make do is what I say.

A few minutes later, NR-2 appeared to the north, skirting the Thames in Preston

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 appears along the Thames River in Preston
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 appears along the Thames River in Preston
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:04:41
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)114.00 (114/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 appears along the Thames River in Preston

Then came into view near milepost 8

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 pulling past milepost 8 in Preston, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 pulling past milepost 8 in Preston, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:05:26
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 pulling past milepost 8 in Preston, CT

And crossed over the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard line

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:05:33
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line

 
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:05:41
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line

After a wave up to Rod, I got a going away shot as they rolled along the edge of the Thames

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 southbound through Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 southbound through Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:06:01
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 southbound through Ledyard, CT

Then they disappeared around the curve to the south, which is when I started my hike back.  But while walking back, this particular angle struck me, and I got a shot of NR-2 appearing in the distance, near Stoddard Cove

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 continues southbound along the Thames River in Ledyard
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 continues southbound along the Thames River in Ledyard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:26 10:07:09
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 continues southbound along the Thames River in Ledyard

With that in the camera, and my time window closing, I made my way back to the office after the hike back to the car.  Even though it was one spot, it was well worth it.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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