Success and Follow Up “One Year on Irish Railways; Looking back Ten Years”

Last night, as advertised, I presented my program to the Irish Railway Record Society in Dublin.

I had a large and receptive audience. There were more bodies than seats.

The program was in two parts, divided by a tea break (as per tradition). After a few slides from America, I focused on the main event: Ireland as I saw it 10 years ago.

I apologize: there were no photos of the DART or 29000-series CAF-built railcars, and I probably offered a disproportionate number of views of the last two operational class 121 diesels.

For those curious about my camera equipment: at the time I was in a transition between Nikon and Canon systems, while I was also making good use of a Contax G2 rangefinder. Color slides were exposed with lens ranging from a 16mm Zeiss Hologon to a 400mm Tokina telephoto.

In 2006, I was more than 2 years away from exposing my first digital photo. I was like the Norfolk & Western in 1953, and still firmly committed to the old technology. Most of the slides were exposed using Fujichrome Sensia2 (ISO 100), although I also used some Fujichrome Velvia 100, Provia 100F, and Provia 400F, as well as the occasional roll of Ektachrome.

Norfolk Liner at Bekan. Exposed on Fujichrome 100 with a 180mm Nikkor lens.
Norfolk Liner at Bekan. Exposed on Fujichrome 100 with a 180mm Nikkor lens. Contrast adjusted in post processing.
I had dual tripods and dual Nikons at this location. For this follow-up view of the same Norfolk Liner, I used a 400mm Tokina telephoto that I bought from Doug Moore back in 1992. I still have it with me in Ireland, although there's no many places here to make effective use of such a long lens. Bekan offers ths unusual 'flight of stairs' effect.
I had dual tripods and dual Nikons at this location. For this follow-up view of the same Norfolk Liner, I used a 400mm Tokina telephoto that I bought from Doug Moore back in 1992. I still have it with me in Ireland, although there’s not many places on this island to make effective use of such a long lens. Bekan (east of Claremorris) offers ths unusual ‘flight of stairs’ effect.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

3 thoughts on “Success and Follow Up “One Year on Irish Railways; Looking back Ten Years””

  1. I was happy to hear that so many had attended your presentation. I’d have loved to be one who had been there but the trip was a little too far from New England . I do not know if you have done any presentations in the past locally in the Mass area, but I feel as though it would be a sell out if personal time and schdule permit.

    1. In year’s gone by, I’d often presented slides in Massachusetts. The Amherst Railway Society hosted me on various occasions beginning in 1985. The late Bob Buck of Tucker’s Hobbies would often organize ‘slide nights’ and I presented dozens of slide shows over the years. In recent years’s I’ve given presentations to libraries in Monson, Palmer and Warren, Massachusetts. While I’m always happy to try to accommodate groups with slide shows, I’m rarely in a position to organize the event myself.

  2. I often see very uneven rails if taken with tele-objective. In the pic with goods train in distance I see that track makes a lump where the crossing is. Otherwise the rails are in very good alignment.

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