I started heading out to the yard on some random Saturday mornings in hopes that I would be able to catch the service on the Prescott...
On Sunday I had a bit of time for railfanning between Kingston and Ottawa, and it was a very fruitful, albeit cold day.
The first port of call was Kingston Mills. The area was very much under construction (and the bridge closed) but due to a late running VIA train, I was able to catch 3 VIA trains in the course of about 15 minutes. The wires on the south side were too much for me to remove in LightRoom, but the lighting from the north was quite poor (resulting in many shadows). I decided that the shadows would be easier to deal with in post-processing than nasty wires, so I went north.
The next stop was just outside of Mallorytown. Perfecting timing resulted in me catching a CN mixed freight going east as well as CN149 going west within 5 minutes. The bridge on Hutchinson Road is relaxing and quiet, and offering a decent vantage point. Bringing the score up to 5 so far.
As I was driving back I also heard the the hotbox detector a second train approaching, so near Lyn I stopped by the tracks and caught a Silver Banana and a F40PH (man, those engines look good compared to a wrapped P42) with a Canada 150 car. And yes, the count is now up to 7.
After such good luck, I decided to push my luck and try to catch something (or anything) on the CP Winchester sub. I heard a faint hotbox detector, but by the time I was within range to make it out, the train was already to far ahead for me to catch it. My final score of 7 seemed quite respectable.
During all of the days events, my camera had stopped working. Specifically the control buttons on the back (all of the exposure controls work fine). All of the exposure buttons worked, but there was no menus or preview. Part of my photography workflow when on location is to take a few shots before hand and check the histogram to look for clipping. I didn’t realize how much I’d used it, till it wasn’t there. I ended up with some overexposed shots that I would have caught with the histogram.
So, after just over 3.5 years (1343 days specifically) and 31176 exposures, the camera is died. This was the first camera that I successfully learnt how to use full manual mode and has produced many images I have liked over those years.
I’m wondering for others out there, how long do you find that your camera bodies last for? My previous dSLR body only lasted for about 4 years as well.