Trains over the Marsh

A long time ago in order to relieve stress from work, I drove down to the shoreline in Stoney Creek.  I looked out at the Thimble Islands and then I heard a train on the Shore Line and turned around to see two trains meeting and an old rusty bridge.  The bridge turned out to be the old Shore Line Electric roadbed turned into a park, which turned out to be the perfect place to get a short hike, relieve stress and chase trains across the marsh.

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Developing Skills

In this case product photography. A few days ago I posted about my great grand father’s watch Here. The pictures are nothing to write home about as I screwed up the lighting.

I thought that I would share the little studio I built for taking pictures of small stuff and some of my previous efforts.

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Portfolio Of A Dying Industry

A wonderful gallery of photographs of the American textile industry.

http://www.chrispaynephoto.com/textiles1/

It’s easy to see that, regardless of the obviously proud and dedicated people working in those factories that the industry is slowly dying.  Like so many it’s being strangled by a leadership class taxing everything that moves for money to spend on their own offices and privileges and hand out to the favored people.

H/T Messy Nessy.

Unexpected Beauty Hiding inside America’s Last Fabric Factories

For more on the dysfunctional economy click Here or on the tag below.

Don’t Play On The Track

A guide for  professional photographers.  My advice.  If you want to include moving trains or track in your portfolios or shoots, learn how to do it safely.  Contact the local railfan groups through the NRHS and see if fan trips where photography is expected are coming up.  Talk to the people at the local railroad museum.  Make an investment in doing it right and keeping it safe.

http://mcpactions.com/2014/12/08/how-to-stay-safe-and-legal-with-photography-and-railroads/

The cover  picture was taken at the SONO Switch Tower Museum in South Norwalk CT.  A very good place for a railroad oriented shoot that’s safe. Open Saturdays and Sundays May-Oct.

Gear Overload

Now I will admit to a full gear bag on my roundabouts in NYC.  But nothing Like this.

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/04/13/gear-acquisition-syndrome-has-reached-a-new-high-or-low/#more-72398

Honestly, you can live without flash in daylight. More than one camera is just ridiculous unless you are shooting both still and video in different cameras.  And DX Nikons saves you weight over FX.  For a shoot like this I would probably just use a fixed 35mm lens and set up shots by moving back and forth.  Or use and 18-55 for zoom.