For 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.
Yep, been tied up on many other things lately, so shooting time has been at a premium – never mind keeping the blog updated. Things have been happening, though, so it’s not like everything is at a complete standstill. I’ll be making another announcement soon about a gallery exhibit I’m participating in starting later this month – more on that soon (if you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, you already got a sneak preview). Anyways, here’s a quick batch of photos for you to check out from earlier this month in the meantime.
Way back on June 8th I was able to get out and shoot a bit in the morning. I intented to duck out and shoot Providence & Worcester train NR-2 along the Thames River. But as things worked out, I ended up catching two P&W jobs in the Groton/New London area – both carrying empty ethanol tanks back to the New England Central Railroad. A nice change of pace.
Been a little while since I’ve posted anything from the railroad front. So to start things flowing again, I figured I’d prime the pump – so to speak – with a bunch of shots from June. Included here are a couple day’s worth of shots – one of Providence & Worcester train NR-2 and the other of an Amtrak Acela. Nothing out of the ordinary, but hey, it’s something!
Back on May 18th, I met up with a few other fans at the Old Saybrook Amtrak station over lunch for a little shooting & conversation. Despite the cloudy weather (which never really bothered me), it was a good lunch hour of shooting from the station platforms. And of course, it was nice catching up with folks that I only get a chance to talk to face to face a couple times a year.
Back on May 10th, the weather was pretty good – some sun mixed with clouds – so I was considering going out and shooting a bit. But with some early morning meetings, I thought I couldn’t make it. Then I got a message that Amtrak had parked a pair of GP38s on the Ring’s End spur in Niantic. OK, that’s pretty unique for the area, so I figured I’d take advantage of a small hole in my schedule mid-morning. Not only was I able to get the power, I also bagged Providence & Worcester NR-2, and an Amtrak Acela and Regional.
Holy crap does time fly when you’re doing nothing but shoveling snow. Yep, we’ve been inundated with snow the past month or so here in the Northeast, and I have next to no photos to show for it! But I did manage to get out a few times to shoot. So instead of doing each one individually, I’ll roll them all into one big meaty sandwich of a single post. In here you’ll see some slices of the New England Central, Providence & Worcester along with some Amtrak goodness.
Next up is a chunk of photos from the first half of December, which include Amtrak, Providence & Worcester, ethanol, a Sperry Rail Car, a couple C-130s and a pair of fast attack submarines – a Virginia and Los Angeles class. Nice variety for the first half of the month. And like the previous post, this isn’t everything I shot during that time frame. The stuff that’s missing from both the end of November and all of December (here’s a couple hints – steam and night) will all be lumped into one post, since it’s kind of a progression of shots, showing the evolution of my technique. Enough of that – here’s the goods for the start of December.
I guess I’m quite a bit behind again. So to catch things up, I’m just going to do a few posts that’ll bunch things together. For the first of the house-clearing posts, here’s a few shots from the end of November. Actually, it’s not everything from the end of November – it’ll be all but one outing. That’ll fall into one of the other catch-all posts. You’ll see when I post it…
A couple weeks back on my way into work, I noticed a freighter sitting at the New London State Pier getting ready to unload. I figured it was worth a shot to try and get out and get a few shots of the ship a little later that morning – it’s been a while since I’ve seen or shot a ship unloading at the pier. And of course, I’d try to get some railroad action as well. Well, I got that, and a bit more.