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Here comes the judge…

On Tuesday November 18, 2014 I’ll be making a trek north to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to do something a bit different – something I’ve only done once before.  And that is to judge a photographic competition.  On that Tuesday evening, I will be the judge for the Berkshire Museum Camera Club‘s second digital and print competition of the year – with the subject of trains and railroads.  I guess I’d be qualified to judge that type of subject matter…

The meeting is open to the public, and will be held at the Berkshire Museum, on South Street in Pittsfield starting at 7pm.  If you’re in the area, come on down and check out the photos with me.  I’ll be judging and critiquing a number of digital photographs, along with prints in both the color and black & white categories.  I’m sure there will be some great material to check out, and I’m excited (and a bit nervous) about being able to give honest – and hopefully constructive – criticism to the photographers about their work.  I’ll be doing a short presentation at the start of the meeting to introduce myself and my work to the members, then will dive into the judging.  Looks like I will have over 90 minutes to talk about the photos in the contest – and I hope that my comments can help the photographers look at their work in a different light.  And I’m sure I will draw my own inspiration from the work of these photographers – I’m sure the club has a ton of talent, and I really enjoy looking at the subject through other people’s eyes.  I hope some of you can make it out into the Berkshires for an evening of photos!

And as for the title of the blog post…apologies to Pigmeat Markham and Sammy Davis Jr. for stealing it from their Laugh-In days… :-)

CERM’s 11th Annual Night Photo Shoot

"CV S4 at the NH Roundhouse"On October 4, 2014 the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, Connecticut continued a tradition spanning more than a decade.  For the 11th year in a row, the museum hosted a Night Photo Shoot where a group of photographers from around the area converged on the museum to light up the night.

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Nine Years Ago Today

As you can probably tell, I haven’t been able to head out and shoot much of late – for a number of reasons.  So instead of letting things further stagnate here, I decided to go back in time and dig out some older photos I took before I implemented the blog (first blog post is from February 2007).  And for our first edition of years ago today I present you a brief chase of the New England Central Railroad between Palmer, Mass. and Willington, Conn – with a little bit of Providence & Worcester, CSX and Mass. Central thrown into the mix for good measure – as I photographed it on October 24, 2005.

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A Night in North Conway

 Had an impromptu night shoot on the Conway Scenic Railroad.  One shot of the pair of MEC inspiried geeps in North Conway, NHBetween the end of June and the second week of July, my family and I took a (mostly) camping vacation through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – I’ll be doing an overview blog post on the entire 2+ week trip at some point in the future.  One of those stops was North Conway, New Hampshire to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the summit – as well as let the kids have fun in the water park inside the hotel we were staying in for a couple nights.  One of the nights we were there, I made my way up the road to the Conway Scenic Railroad, meeting up with fellow photographer Bill Willis for a little two-person night photo shoot.  Bill secured permission for us to be on the property for the evening, and I brought a couple of Alien Bees along for lighting.  For the next few hours, we ran around the yard and photographed as much as we could.

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Dinner Train Cab Ride

14485678855_3442dfa39f_mTo start off the month of June, I rode along with the Valley Railroad‘s Essex Clipper Dinner Train.  But not as a passenger enjoying the on-board dinner with my wife, as we usually do every summer.  Nope, instead I rode up in the head end with the engineer for the 2 1/2 hour ride from Essex to Haddam and back, enjoying the scenery along the Connecticut River valley.  Well, and of course snapping a few pictures along the way.

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Watching an EMD CF-7 Fuel Injector Swap

14211583790_4642de76d3_mAbout a month ago I took a ride north to spend a little time on the Grafton & Upton Railroad in North Grafton, MA.  It was a rainy, gloomy early May day, so photos out on the road would be so-so – and the kind of rainy day that wouldn’t yield dramatic photos, just pretty boring, flat ones.  And I only had a couple hours I could spend in the area, so I wouldn’t make it that far out of town by the time the crew got their train together and headed out of the yard.  Luckily something else was happening inside the yard – something that I have yet to photograph, or even watch.

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A Dozen Miles in a Decade – Art Gallery Exhibit

postcard-frontNow that my first solo gallery exhibit, A Dozen Miles in a Decade, has opened at the Oliver Jensen Gallery at the Essex Steam Train in Essex, Connecticut, I can give you all some more details – including how to purchase prints online!

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The Making of a Gallery Exhibit – the prep work

For this blog post, how about a quick peek into some of the work I’ve been doing to prepare for my upcoming gallery exhibit in Essex, Connecticut?  I figured something different might be kind of refreshing here – instead of the usual photos of what comes out of my camera, we’d take a look behind the curtains for a minute or two.  I’m in the planning/printing stages currently, right on schedule for the May 30th gallery opening reception (Click Here for the Event on Facebook).

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Thoughts on 10 Years of Nights

As I usually do, I kick many ideas around in my head – from ideas about potential photos, to reassessing the photos I’ve taken thus far.  Lately – well, over the past couple of years, at least – I’ve been thinking about my night shots quite a bit.  What do I like?  What don’t I like?  What can I do different?  And, not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but do they stand out from the seemingly growing sea of after-dark shooters?  The answers to these questions – along with studying a number of other photographers’ work, both contemporary and classic – seem to be shaping my view of the night, and what direction I want to go in.  In this post, I’ll basically look over my entire experience after dark and see where that brings me.  Strap yourself in – this is going to be one of the, if not the longest article I’ve posted here.

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One night in Baltic

Last night I got word that Providence & Worcester train NR-2 would be making a right hand turn at Plainfield, heading for Willimantic, instead of their usual run down to Groton and along Amtrak’s Shore Line.  With the train’s change in plans, I also changed mine – originally I was set to meet up with a couple other photographers to light up NR-2’s trip south through Ledyard then move over to the Niantic River Bridge on the Shore Line.  Since I really had my heart set on shooting a freight, and with the change in plan of NR-2, I opted to change my plans and not meet up with the others – who ended up sticking around NAN last night.

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