Memory Card Full! (Read On)

Those dreaded red letters in my view finder!

So, there we were, poised and waiting . . . .

Mike Gardner and I had photographed CSX’s loaded autorack train Q264-21 (as featured with ‘DPU’ the other day on Tracking the Light) and were waiting for the crew to take the empty autorack Q263-23 west.

For more than an hour we waited at milepost 67 in Brookfield, Massachusetts.

As recommended, I made several test shots with my Fujifilm XT1 as the lighting conditions changed.

Test shot.

Then finally Mike announced ‘HEADLIGHT!’

I exposed a test burst of photos CSX Q263-3 in the distance and then . . .

OH NO!

[insert expletive here]

With a 32GB card, I can store hundreds of images. So many that I forget to even check how many I have left. And so at this critical moment, I’m left pixel-less.

The last frames in a burst of three . . . Had I only checked to see how many frames were left. You know I had a spare card (several) in my camera bag. Poor show, Brian.

Well, thankfully I had my Lumix LX7 around my neck and so managed a close-up photograph anyway. But there’s a lesson for you in this story. And for me too!

Lumix LX7 photo. The irony in this lesson is that I think I made a better photo with the Lumix.

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3 thoughts on “Memory Card Full! (Read On)”

  1. Anyone else think the last photo on the memory card with the engine adjacent to that strange red building and the beginning of the train on the curve is a better and more dynamic photo than the LX7 photo? BTW is the red building a former factory converted to living quarters? Nice location.

  2. I’ve often found that the pictures “that got away”, whether because you ran out of film or for some other reason, are the ones you remember far better that the pictures you actually made – and of course if you had made them, they would be vastly superior to those that were successful recorded.

    Michael Walsh

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