York-Durham Heritage Railway

We set out to try a few public outings with our cameras and happened upon the York-Durham Heritage Railway in Uxbridge, Ontario. It was not open at the time, we couldn’t get inside the station itself, so we walked the grounds for a while. I was testing a new lens, a Canon 50 1.8 STM. (Click on image to see a larger view.)

I don’t know how I feel about the lens. It was probably just my settings, the pictures were over exposed but it was great to get up close to the boxcars out back! I don’t think I have ever seen a wooden boxcar before.

Rebel Guy had read that there was a craft beer brewery nearby, so we set off to find it. He sampled a brew and I had a wonderful pear and vanilla soda with cane sugar. (He will be doing a post on that soon.)

We had to walk past the train station to get back to where we had parked. As luck would have it, a woman was there and the door was open. I mustered up some courage to ask her if I could take a picture of the toy train that I had seen through the window earlier. Yay, for me! Two months ago, I would never have just walked up to someone, knowing the building was not open for business, and ask to go inside!

I explained that we were amateurs, we had a website, and were taking the day to learn new things about our cameras. We exchanged e-mails, she asked if she could have some photos if they turned out, and I gave her our site address. I am not overly impressed with my shots. The worst thing is, I was so nervous about getting a good picture for her, I failed! Look at the Santa train:


I had to edit it to add light and the back end is blurry. Such is life! Another lesson I will not forget. I never look at my shot after I take it to see what needs to be adjusted.

I did take a few of the tracks:

For our first photography outing, it was a wonderful day. We still have things to learn. I want to thank the kind woman for letting me in the station, I wish I had asked her name. If you are reading this and see any pictures you would like, you can e-mail me.

This was a great trial run. We ordered some cards to hand out for the next one, thanking people for letting us take a picture and our web address is there to go see it. Uh oh, I have raised the stakes and had better get cracking on learning more about my camera settings!


  1. You’ve got good lens in your 50 f.18 STM – it’s meant to be a replacement for an older version and outperforms it in my opinion.
    A friend a mine who uses Canon has the same lens and I tried it out on his camera and was impressed with the results.
    On bright days or photographing objects that shine or reflect a polarizing filter will address that – if you haven’t a polarizer and go for one do a little research first as there’s some inexpensive ones that are a waste of money.
    Good photos all around, the ones of the boxcar ones are very well done – the idea of cards is stroke of genius

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    1. Rebel Guy loves the lens. Calls it nifty fifty. Thanks for the info on the polarizing filter, lighting was a big issue. I thought later that I did have a hood for my macro. Maybe I could have tried it. But then my mistake was not even looking at my shot after taking it. I would have noticed there was too much light!
      I am glad you liked the pictures, thanks! I really do appreciate all the help you have given us.


      1. Maybe just a personal thing but I’m into hoods, pretty much keep them on a lens at all
        times. Not a bad idea to take multiple shots of a subject at the same time either in
        burst mode or individually then browse them and pick out the one(s) you like best.

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      2. I will use my hood next time. I bet there will be a huge difference. Oh, we got the wired remote thing. $12.99. Probably my best investment yet! Thanks for the heads up about it.


  2. Your comment about your photos being over-exposed was Interesting … my photos are usually over-exposed too. I assumed that the problem was I was usually outdoors during the middle of the day when the sun is the harshest. On the other hand, I’m not ruling out the fact that I might just be a bad photographer 🙂

    The photo you took of the little Santa train is so much better than mine. Nice one, even if you think it’s not.

    I did have cards made up a couple of years ago … but I rarely think to use them. Thanks for the prod!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! I have finally learned a new trick about exposure and want to post about it soon. It took me so long to figure it out!
      People seemed to love it when I gave the card out so they could come and see what I posted. We tell them we are going to put it up on our site. Rebel Guy was given free beer at one brewery because of that! 🙂


      1. Me too! Auto focus was my best friend for eight years. Now I am trying to figure out all the settings and it is overwhelming. So when I finally “get” something it comes as a relief. It will probably take me years to figure it all out. Oh well, I am still happy snapping away! 🙂


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