With new camera technology & better flash units, night photography is getting easier & better all of the time.
I've always been interested in twilight/night photography but with traditional film cameras, you had no idea what you had until you processed the film, often days later. But with the near instant feedback of today's digital models, you can see the immediate results of your efforts and make appropriate adjustments.
NKP 765 was scheduled to run through North Findlay on Monday afternoon/early evening but track work east of Bellevue made her run really late. We had no way of knowing this so we went up to the tracks and I set up my "mega flash" set-up. I have a camera mounted flash plus a very reliable "head & handle" unit. This was triggered with a remote trigger so that the two fire simultaneously. This makes quite the flash and from what I could see, was effective for about 75-100 feet... more than enough distance to catch 765 when she rolled by.
The best laid plans of mice & men... we didn't know that 765 wouldn't be there until after 11.00PM but there was a west-bound that rolled through around 8.30 that allowed me to test my set-up. It actually worked pretty well as you can see above. The hardest part of the entire effort was to actually frame the picture in the viewfinder. At 8.30 in the evening at this time of the year, it's dark out there! I couldn't see anything other than the headlights so I guessed when to push the shutter. Lesson learned for next time.
Anyway, I did get a decent shot and 765 did make it home... around 1.00AM in Ft. Wayne. I'm sure it was a long day for the crew but I'm equally sure that they were glad to be home. And I was glad to try out my mega flash set-up.