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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2012 Photo Recap – April to June

And we continue on with the 2012 photo recap, with this post moving onto the second quarter of 2012.  During this three month span the subjects ranged from the usual railroad photos, to submarines, a new bridge, a locomotive shop and a two-day photo charter.  So does that mean I’ll pick more photos?  Read on and find out…

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CSOR Hartford Shops Grand Opening Ceremony

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Connecticut Southern Railroad’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for their new offices and locomotive/car shops in Hartford, CT on April 5, 2012 – not only as a guest, but also as a photographer.  And with a lunch from Black Eyed Sally’s included, how could I miss it?  BBQ and trains on a spring day…oh, yeah, well worth burning a vacation day at work.

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Quick stop in Palmer – NECR, Amtrak, CSX & FEC

July 2nd was a work holiday for us, starting out a four day weekend.  I had some things to do in the morning, but with that stuff done, I headed out for a bit to shoot, taking advantage of the nice weather.  Initially I had set my sights on shooting NECR train NERWNE somewhere between Willimantic and Montville.  But as I hit the road, that plan changed right quick, and I did an about face and headed north.  Yep, headed north of Connecticut where I could shoot Florida East Coast Railway equipment!

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Tuesday night scan-o-rama

I was out sick again today, and there wasn’t much on TV, so no movie reviews tonight.  But since I’m feeling better tonight, I decided to scan through some of my “reject” folders of slides.  I, unlike some other photographers, rarely throw away slides – I keep everything (unless it’s truly out of focus).  And it’s times like this that I’m glad I don’t toss the rejects.  Yep, I found a few gems stewing in there for a good 6 or 7 years.

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CNZR and CSOR under the stars

This past Saturday (12/13/08) Nick Palazini and I headed out for an evening of shooting under the stars with the Lumedyne.  On the slate was hitting both Central New England Railroad branches, and if we had time, taking a swing by East Hartford to shoot the Connecticut Southern power by the offices.  Sure, it was a cold night, but the conditions were perfect.  Mostly clear skies, a nearly full moon, no wind, and a variety of subjects – couldn’t ask for a much nicer night.

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Good Morning America Whistle Stop Tour 2008 – West Warren to Chester, MA

As most of you know, ABC’s Good Morning America had put together, along with Amtrak, a special Whistle Stop Tour 2008 as a part of this year’s presidential election season.  The train made its first “live” move (“live” is in quotes because they were taping segments for airing in today’s live broadcast on the Housatonic RR between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA) between Worcester and Lenox, MA yesterday.  I decided to make it a family affair, and took my wife & daughters along to chase & photograph the historic train.

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A little nostalgia

Feeling a bit nostalgic tonight, so I fired up the slide scanner and scanned a few slides in. Here’s a glimpse back to some of what I was shooting in 2003 & 2004.

The photo line forms as a westbound CSX freight passes through Guy Park, NY
The photo line forms as a westbound CSX freight passes through Guy Park, NY
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An empty Mt. Tom coal train comes off of the loop track into East Deerfield yard
An empty Mt. Tom coal train comes off of the loop track into East Deerfield yard
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After a mishap in West Springfield yard, CSOR 8579 undergoes repairs in East Hartford, CT
After a mishap in West Springfield yard, CSOR 8579 undergoes repairs in East Hartford, CT
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Freshly painted Morristown & Erie FL-9 #488 rests in the Port Jervis, NY New Jersey Transit yard.
Freshly painted Morristown & Erie FL-9 #488 rests in the Port Jervis, NY New Jersey Transit yard.
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NECR train 610's engineer looks towards his conductor for while switching in Franklin, CT
NECR train 610's engineer looks towards his conductor for while switching in Franklin, CT
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