Oscar Dean Photography | Photo of the Week #37 - Farmington River Railroad Bridge

Photo of the Week #37 - Farmington River Railroad Bridge

September 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.



The weather was beautiful on Labor Day so I went for a drive with no particular destination.  I decided to re-visit Windsor, CT, the town where I grew up and I still have fond memories of those carefree times.  After cruising around a bit, I remembered the old train bridge that stretched across the Farmington River.  Even after all of these years, I know the town like the back of my hand so finding the bridge was no problem at all.  The stone structure looked just like I remembered it and for a few moments I cast my mind back to when my friends and I would go exploring all around this area.


Suddenly, my peaceful reverie was abruptly interrupted by the sound of a horn blasting in the distance.  A train, a train!  How lucky was I to be here at the bridge with my camera when an impending train will be crossing the bridge?  I had already taken one photo of just the bridge but capturing a train would help to add another interesting element to the picture.  The blaring horn became louder and I knew the decisive moment was drawing near so I positioned myself, set the composition and pressed the shutter when the train nearly filled the visible part of the bridge.  The river below enhanced the photo by creating a rippled reflection of the scene above the water.


The bridge was built in 1867 by the Hartford & New Haven Railroad and still looks the same today as it did back then.  Back in those early days, trains exported red sandstone bricks which Connecticut is famous for.  The bridge was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on 8/25/72.



Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/250 sec at f6.3, ISO 100
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5 - 4.5 USM lens set at 22mm


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