2014 Favorites

"Eastbound at Alburtis"New Year’s Eve 2014 – a time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments – of course, in the context of the good old blog here, that would be looking at things photographically speaking.  Well, 2014 was a light year for me in the photographic realm – only getting out to shoot about 40 times through the entire year (typically I’d get out more than 120 times each year).  But I’d like to think this year was about quality and not quantity.  Let’s see if my picks for the year reflect that…or is the cold I’m fighting influencing my choices…

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One Night in Lansdale

"Nighttime in Lansdale"Last week I was in New Jersey for work, and one day I had to head down to the Collegeville, PA office.  Not having much time for shooting on this trip, I figured the trip back from the Keystone State provided an opportunity to get a little shooting in – even if it was only for a few minutes.  And with no flashes along for the ride this time, it had to be somewhere that had ample ambient light to work with.  That location was Lansdale, PA.

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Dawn at Bethlehem

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.

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My Top 12 of ’13

 Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No 40 heads north through Chester, Connecticut with a trainload of passengers visiting with Santa and his elves on the wildly popular North Pole Express.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!

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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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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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2012 Photo Recap – January to March

I usually do a monolithic recap of the previous year’s photos, but this year I decided to do things a bit differently – I’ll be splitting it up into five posts.  My main reasoning behind this is I’ve been a bit, um, behind in posting to the blog here.  So to start to make up for that shortcoming, I’ll flood ya with a bunch of photos!  The first four posts will feature my favorite photos from each quarter of the year, and the fifth will be dedicated to my recent night photos on the Valley Railroad as they ran their ever-popular North Pole Express trains.  For the first post, we’ll cover the first three months of the year – January, February and March 2012.

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NJ and PA – March 20-22, 2012

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.

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Lightning, the CP and a blast furnace in the rain

My final outing on my New Jersey business trip (part onepart 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.

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