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!