Day 228 (16 Aug 2012) Riding the Rails

Ever since I was a kid I had a fascination with trains and rail roads, maybe because my dad had model (HO) trains as his hobby, or just because I’m a boy, and it’s part of the X chromosome ūüôā ¬†So tonight after visiting my friend in Norwich, I took a slight detour to some rails I’ve shot before. ¬†I went to a different location this time and found multiple sets, most of which were abandoned. ¬†I shot for a little while (would have gone a lot longer, but it was getting late) and headed home.

Now that I’m home, I got to play with my newest “toy”; Lightroom 4. ¬†I just installed it this afternoon and after my first use, I love the new features! ¬†If you use LR3 and you get the opportunity to upgrade, do it! ¬†I wouldn’t have done it except I was able to find the student version on sale (take a low price and reduce it more, and I’m ok w/ it!). ¬†If I made my living with my camera, it would be a no-brainer. ¬†But if you are just a hobbyist, like myself, LR3 is still a very powerful and awesome photo editor! ¬†But anyway, here are some of my images from tonight:

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44 mm, 15 sec, f/10, ISO 200 (Night Rails)

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50 mm, 15 sec, f/10, ISO 200 (Rail Switch)

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29 mm, 20 sec, f/10, ISO 200 (Rails and Warehouse)

Day 114 (23 April 2012) The Other Side of the Tracks

Tonight on my way home, I took a detour along a road with some old warehouses and discovered a set of track between them and the river.  I just had to stop!  I love trains and rail roads, and night shooting, and old brick buildings and water.  I found them all in once place!!

Norwich Rails

18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Norwich Rails)

The truck you see in the photo below is an oil deliver truck. ¬†Many homes in the North East US rely on home heating oil for winter heat. ¬†It’s much more expensive to heat a home with electric here, and unless you live in a natural gas supplied area, it’s either wood or oil. ¬†The “oil” is just un-taxed diesel fuel. ¬†Many homes (mine included) also use oil to make hot water for showers, etc.

Oil Delivery

18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Oil Delivery)

These next two I almost didn’t even upload. ¬†But I figured I would try B&W and see what happened. I’m happy I tried!

Night Rails

18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Night Rails)

Night Rails II

18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Night Rails II)