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Photo Presentation at the Norman Rockwell Museum

20121218-420204365-_MG_3100-SOn Saturday November 23, 2013, I’ll be giving a presentation of my rail photography, along with the story behind the photos at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA as a part of their “Trains!” Family Day event (event info is here on the NRM site). The entire event goes from 1-4PM, and my presentation will have a 45 minute block in there at some point. The photos I’ll be selecting for the talk will be all taken in New England – both day and night, and some will have, um, humorous stories behind them.

If you attended the Mass Bay RRE picnic in Palmer, MA a couple years ago when I presented, it’ll be a similar format, where I show a limited selection of photos, and talk a bit about each, somewhat in-depth.  The discussion can range from my thoughts behind the photo, the circumstances around it, or even what kind of bodily injury I incurred to make the photo.  As was with the MBRRE picnic, questions and comments from the viewers will be most welcome!

Hope to see some of you out there!
Tom

Two Weeks in NJ – Week 2

Eastbound at FleetwoodMy second week in NJ had me trying some new lighting techniques, as well as meeting up with friends again – For a recap, here’s the post from the first week.  And being near Norfolk Southern terratory, there is always the possibility of catching another of their Heritage Units.  Would I get that chance to bag another one of the classic paint schemes?

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Two Weeks in NJ – Week 1

NYSW at Port Jervis, NYThe last couple weeks of September brought me back to northern New Jersey for work again, and of course I managed to get out and shoot a bit.  I visited some of my usual haunts – both in daylight and under cover of darkness, as well as added a couple of others spots – including a late-night stop on the New York, Susquehanna & Western.  This was also a trip where I aimed to experiment a bit more with my nighttime flash setups – I did mix that experimentation in with some of the more run-of-the-mill stuff.  Read on to check it all out…well, at least the first week in this post…

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NAN and the Super Moon

Acela at SunsetFor today’s post, we’ll go back to the end of June when we as earthlings bore witness to the closest “super moon” of 2013 – or in more scientific terms the moon was at the perigee (closest to Earth) of its orbit while in the full phase.  Honestly, it’s nothing truly rare, despite the Internet hype that usually precedes its arrival – it happens once about every 14 full moons.  Even with the frequency of them happening, I wanted to photograph this event, but not just in the astronomical sense – I also wanted to include the railroad in the photograph.  And one spot sprung to mind where it would be possible – the new Niantic River Drawbridge on the Niantic/Waterford town line.

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Bending Gravity at the Library

9457330443_8831b3390a_qOver the summers here in Lebanon, the town library (Jonathan Trumbull Library) usually has events for the kids every week, ranging from crafts to movies to animal demonstrations to performers.  This week’s act needed a little larger venue to perform some of his act – since it involved sharp objects and fire.  So instead of the usual show in the lower level of the Library, it was moved outside onto the adjoining Town Green, giving him plenty of room to put on his show.  And he sure did use it all…

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Dinner on the Rails

Dinner Train at Deep River, Connecticut The Valley Railroad/Essex Steam Train in Essex, Connecticut is famous for their steam powered excursion trains along the Connecticut River (see some of my other posts on the Valley RR here).  But they also offer other types of rail excursions – most as limited run specials like the Circus Train and Eagle Flyer.  But there is another that they offer during most of their operating season – I’m referring to the Essex Clipper Dinner Train.

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Jamming on a Wednesday Night

Over the past couple months, The Lucky Frog in Willimantic, CT – a restaurant and bar – has started up an open jam session on Wednesday nights.  With the venue 5 minutes from home, I managed to make it out to a few of the jam nights to snap a few frames, as well as consume a few beers, along the way.  Intermixed in all of that were family, some old and new friends and great music to bind it all together.  Oh, yeah, and some pretty good wings.

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Getting back into the swing of things…

Hey everyone!  Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on the old blog.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out shooting – just the opposite!  Granted, I’m not out every day like I have been in the past – life gets in the way much too easily these days – but I have been getting out to shoot the railroading scene here in southeastern Connecticut from time to time.  While I continue to collect my thoughts, and decide what to post up here next, I figured I’d put up a post with a smattering of photos from the first half of 2013.  Scroll on down, and check out 17 shots from earlier this year.

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The Single Digit Stroll

The start of January 2013 brought some cold temperatures to Connecticut, and it also brought some vacation time to me.  On the third day of the new year – a day that started out with the mercury diving to about 5°F – I decided to head out for some train shooting.  And me being the glutton for punishment, I figured my first shot should involve a good 10 minute walk along the Thames River.  What the hell, I was on vacation…

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2012 Photo Recap – Valley Railroad Nights

Happy New Year everyone!  To kick off 2013 I’m posting the final installment of my 2012 Photo Recap.  This edition solely contains my night work on the Valley Railroad as they were running their hugely popular North Pole Express trains in the months of November and December.  And to celebrate the new year, I’ve selected 13 photos from the various runs to feature in my final recap post.

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