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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:00:13 PM »
Very nicely done, Kevin. How many other photographers were present?

Hi Wayne,

Thanks!   Not too many photographers this time.   There were perhaps 4-5 people.   I think the mid-afternoon rain may have chased a few folks away.  Fortunately, it did not rain during our session at Alna Center.   I always bring a rain jacket and I have raincoats for the cameras, so from my perspective, the show goes on unless the conditions get really bad.   Many charters are scheduled months in advance and you never quite know what you'll have for weather.   Just a matter of being prepared.   

Anyone who plans to shoot in anything more than a light shower should bring protection for their camera, even if it is something simple, fashioned from a garbage bag.   Most consumer cameras are not weather-sealed and in a heavy rain, bad things can happen.  Electronics and water don't mix well.   I know a very experienced photographer who gets published all the time who wrecked a Nikon D750 (about $2,000 when it was new), because he got a little carried away chasing N&W 611 in the rain.    Op-Tech makes purpose-built, plastic rain sleeves for DSLRs, and they come two to a pack for less than $10.   They work really well too.  A lot of pros use them.

/Kevin Madore

General Discussion / The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:46:19 PM »

Here's an album of images from Saturday Night's photo shoot with the re-enactors of the 103rd Regiment up at Alna Center.   The photos are arranged in a order that follows a sort of story line that I put together, which takes our troops through some training exercises on home turf, a pre-departure meal, and their departure on a southbound extra which will begin their journey to the Port of New York.   

This was my first go at directing one of these events and I'm pretty happy with the results.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated with us during the shoot, with no rain at all during the entire two hours.   The re-enactors did a great job for us, putting on a very nice show.  Hopefully, all who attended enjoyed the experience and left with some nice photos.

Here's the link:

If anyone has the e-mail addresses of any of the re-enactors, please forward them the link.


/Kevin Madore

Drat!  I am bummed that I'm going to miss the first Steamfest in 15 years!!   Unfortunately there are no fewer than 4 steam charters scheduled all around the US that weekend and I am committed to one of them.   Hopefully #7 will be running some additional times this summer.   I am really looking forward to seeing her in steam once again!

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:29:05 AM »
In the photo, what in the world is Jason doing  ??? ??

Jeff S.

If I recall correctly, Jason was talking with the photographers.  Our group was working with Jason to coordinate photo positions.   We felt that if we could all move as a group from spot to spot, everyone would have better opportunities to get photos without other photographers in their frames.   That worked great.   

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:25:50 AM »
A common question was how they did it so fast back in the day? Ties were probably virtually non existant, and the rail was just thrown on the car without consideration.

Jason also mentioned to the photographers that the original railroad was built with 30 lb. rail, vs. the 50 lb. stuff that was used in the section of the museum trackage that was lifted yesterday.  That also goes a long way toward explaining the smaller crew we see in that historic photo.   Those rails you guys were lifting yesterday were heavy buggers.

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:22:04 AM »
Outstanding work and pics!
The horse shot is priceless, belongs in Trains, Railfan & Railroad.

It will certainly make it into Railfan & Railroad as their Editor, Steve Barry, was with us on the charter all day.  Steve was very anxious to get his photos of the track lifting operation into Lightroom, as am I.   That was a very unique re-creation of a historic, albeit sad event in the railroad's history.  Pretty cool stuff!

/Kevin Madore

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:46:47 AM »

There will be an announcement of an event in the coming days. Once the museum makes the official announcement I'll relay it here.

From a scheduling standpoint, if it matters to anyone, there are three photo charters scheduled around the US during the weekend of May 19th-20th.   There is also something running the first weekend in June.

Really looking forward to seeing #7!


Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:48:35 AM »
This is just awesome!   It absolutely made my Monday morning!   Congrats to the entire MNGRR Team.   This is an incredible accomplishment.   You folks have pushed through a lot of adversity to get to this point.   Looking forward to seeing #7 polishing the rails in Portland once again!


It appears as if the revised goal has now been reached.   A gentleman has just donated $1,000 to put them over the top.   The current total as of Wednesday morning is now just under $66,000.   Congrats to all who participated!


Well, just as the fund raiser was about to top the $50,000 goal, the scrapper is now apparently claiming that the locomotive is worth $15,000 more than the original estimate.    My guess is that he's been following the fund raiser and sees an opportunity to cash in.   The goal is now $65K, but apparently, the long-standing-unyielding deadline has been extended to some unspecified date.   Pull the shoulder belts tight, there's turbulence ahead.


The fund raiser just crossed the $45,000 mark, from just under 900 donors.   That's an average of $50 per donor.  It's 3PM on Tuesday, and its hauled in $5,000 just since lunch.    I think it will make the goal.  Hopefully, Jason S. can at least succeed in getting the locomotive to a safe place.   According to an interview that I just listened to, he's done some quick UT tests and believes that except for the backhead, the boiler is in pretty good shape.

I looked through the list of donors......I can't believe how many of them I know.   Who says that rail enthusiasts don't spend any money?


Museum Discussion / Re: Ww&F on 207 1/2/18
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »
I am wondering what the gentleman meant when he said that Matthew's photo had a "little bit of touching up."  He says it in a way that almost implies that the rules of photography have been somewhow stretched.   I have news for him.  All photos taken under those conditions would require some editing to render the scene the way the human eye would see it.  In fact, even an I-Phone would do considerable, automated processing of the raw image that perhaps many users are not aware of.   I have a ton of photos from that day, and they all have the same sort of look that Matthew's image has.   In my view, one of the reasons why Matthew's image probably did stand out in the crowd of submissions they received is because he did edit the image as any pro would, and many of the others likely did not not.   


It was great seeing all of you up in Alna last Saturday!   This was my 10th Victorian Christmas and what a pretty day it was.   Bright sunshine for most of the day, nice, chilly air and a fresh blanket of snow.  Not much more you could ask for.....except a snowstorm like last year!   

With the sunny skies, I elected to hike the line this year and try for some spots that I don't usually get to.   While that was fun and interesting, I found that it consumed a lot of time, when I could have been shooting around Sheepscot and Alna Center.   None the less, I got to Alna Center when the light was just awesome.   Lots of keepers from AC.   In addition, when I got back to Sheepscot, the low-light stuff as the crew was putting the trains away turned out pretty darn nice.   I love it when the lanterns come out!

All in all, a very nice day.   Here's a small album to show the folks who didn't make it what things looked like:

Unfortunately, I have some family obligations next weekend in CT, so I won't likely make it up for the 23rd.    Hopefully, someone else will post some images so I can see what I missed.

Here's wishing all of the WW&F Folks a very Merry Christmas, and an awesome 2018!


Kevin Madore

Museum Discussion / World War I Encampment Photo Essay
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:26:27 AM »

I've been remiss in posting the photos that I shot during the museum's Annual Picnic back in August.  These photos were taken during the special photo excursion that was run on Saturday evening, August 12th.   The scenario for the event was that a small unit of Maine-based soldiers....perhaps a National Guard Unit...was breaking camp and preparing to embark on a railway journey that would take them to a major port, where they would ship out to join the American Expeditionary Force in Europe.  This was a very enjoyable event to photograph and somewhat different from a typical photo charter in which all of the photographers simply line up and shoot "fish in a barrel."   In this case, the event was more like a skit, and the photographer had the challenge of trying to anticipate where the shot would be....and stay out of the sight lines of other photographers at the same time.

Anyway, here are hundreds of frames....condensed down to 15 images that I hope have captured the story line of this event:

Thanks to the museum and the re-enactors for putting this event on.  I'm hoping this isn't the last appearance we'll see of the "doughboys" up at the WW&F!

/Kevin Madore

Work and Events / Maine Two-Foot Winter Weekend -->Photo Album
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:18:10 PM »

I've made my first pass through the some 1,700 frames that I shot at last weekend's two-foot winter photo event at the WW&F.    From my perspective, the event ran very smoothly and certainly offered a lot of interesting opportunities for photos.    I especially enjoyed the variety of equipment and some of the new angles that were available.    Although I think we all would have preferred more sunshine, sometimes the clouds allow perspectives that just don't work when the sun is out.  That's especially true of railroads here in the northeast.  After a lot of editing and tweaking, I've settled on about 50 images that I think tell the story of the event pretty nicely.   Take a look if you have a moment.   I hope you like them.


/Kevin Madore     

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