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.
Digging into the photos from this last fall for this post – like I’ve mentioned in other posts before, I have been out shooting, just not as often as I used to, and unfortunately I haven’t been posting here much. So for the next few blog posts, I’ll be reaching back into 2013 for material that hasn’t been posted here yet. But we’ll be working on that… For this one, we’ll go back to a stop I made on my drive home from a business trip to the Philadelphia area. Yeah, I took the scenic route through Bethlehem, PA, hoping for some early morning Norfolk Southern action. Thankfully I got one train moving through the yard along the Lehigh River.
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Hopefully everyone had a safe and joyous Christmas and holiday season. And to kick off the new year, I figured I’d pull together a recap of my 2013 photographic ramblings along the rails of the northeast – well, one favorite from each month, that is. Last year wasn’t exactly a stellar year for shooting, quantitatively speaking – only managing to get out a few times a month over the entire year, but I did get some decent stuff in those limited times trackside – including shots of CSX, Norfolk Southern, Providence & Worcester, PanAm Railways and the Valley Railroad. I went through and picked out my favorite shot from each month of the year, and I figured I’d talk a bit about each one here. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy what you’re reading and seeing!
My 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?
The 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…
And here we are, continuing on with the third of five installments recapping my favorite photos from 2012. My picks for the third quarter of the year include only one from my home state of Connecticut. The rest were taken in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – and two involved heritage units. I guess I gave away one of those shots with this post’s thumbnail to the left. Read on to find out what the other heritage unit is that I photographed – and, no, it’s not a Norfolk Southern unit either.
I had to make another trip down to NJ last week for work – of course the cameras came along. Granted, it was a shorter trip – only three days as opposed to the usual full week, so time to get out and shoot was limited, but I did manage to shoot a little. And I did get some new material – namely the East Penn Railroad, along with some of the usual suspects – CSX, New Jersey Transit and Norfolk Southern. At least it wasn’t snowing… Read on for the full story and photos.
My final outing on my New Jersey business trip (part one – part two) brought me once again into the Keystone State. But this time things didn’t go as smoothly, train wise. But overall, I think it worked out rather well, despite not catching a single train moving in my 3 or so hours in the field.
On the second day of my New Jersey work trip, I got out a couple times to shoot – first at sunrise, and then after sunset. The shots at sunrise were in the Garden State, and the ones in the dark were 60 some odd miles to the west in the Keystone State – both were of Norfolk Southern trains plying the rails of the Lehigh and Reading Lines.
Once again I had to make a work trip to New Jersey the week of September 12th, and I did manage to get a little shooting in while I was there – both day and night (yes, the Lumedynes came along for the ride as well). The first day, before checking into the hotel, I made my way down to Bound Brook to do a little shooting there – it was a nice evening, and hopefully there would be a couple trains.