Nighttime Rail Photography - nanosphoto
Sleeping Giant<br />
A former New Haven EMD FL-9 sits quietly on the grounds of the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, CT as the crescent moon sets in the background.  This was taken during a test night shoot.  It was the first time I had used studio monolights to light a night scene - this was using two lights - one nearly face on, and the other broadside.  Traditionally we had used a portable Lumedyne flash, which was used to evenly light the scene.  This method enabled the use of shadows to add some depth, and preserve the night "feel"

Northbound at Chester

A Valley Railroad North Pole Express heads northbound through Chester, Connecticut.

Strobist Info: Four flashes. Two Alien Bee B800s with 11" long throw reflectors pointed at the nose (one on each side of the tracks off the frame to the right), a Lumedyne 200 w/s on the ground under the tree to the left pointed straight up, and a Lumedyne 200 w/s behind the train pointed back at the camera. All triggered with Paul C. Buff CyberSync radio triggers.