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Freight Train Crossing

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 January 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Jack London Square - Oakland, California

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very good exsposure

14 Jan 2010 6:34am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

La sensation de vitesse du train est bien rendue et la lumière superbe

14 Jan 2010 6:58am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

cool crossing!

14 Jan 2010 7:18am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

awesome long exposure. seems like it's going super fast!

14 Jan 2010 8:25am

@Liang: Thanks. You might be interested in going back for my note to Anthony. I'd guess it was moving at 30 mph - which seemed even faster - fast enough to get my attention, for sure!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Terrific slow shutter shot!

14 Jan 2010 4:27pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

You can hear the train just thundering by,the wind whipping at your face !! You set your tripod up quickly Stephen,that´s for sure.

14 Jan 2010 5:41pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Nye on the tripod set, Anthony. There was no time. I had the tripod set for yesterday's shot. The passenger station in this image is at the string of white lights just to the left of the red signals at center. When I realized that this was a freight train that wasn't slowing down to stop - I ran from my position to the right of those red signals (in the middle of the tracks) - to the place where I made this capture. I had to rely on the exposure settings from the previous shot and straightened the buildings in the image in Photoshop. FYI:

Canon 5D w/ 16-35mm L f/2.8 lens - ISO 500 - at 16mm - f/22 - 8.0 seconds

alex centrella from California, United States

great speed lights !

14 Jan 2010 6:33pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Amazing capture - light is great and the long exposure sans tripod is a true testament of skills!

14 Jan 2010 7:20pm

@dabbler: Thanks dabbler - but the wrong impression. I definitely used the tripod. An eight second exposure would be impossible without it. When I ran it was with the camera attached and tripod legs extended. So when I got to the edge of the intersection I just dropped the whole rig down and hit the shutter.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

... just when I thought you have a superhuman grip :-) I misinterpreted... :-(

14 Jan 2010 9:18pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

love this shot - I can feel the motion and the cool fog all at once.....

14 Jan 2010 9:41pm

David from Detroit, United States

The fog goes with the hazy streaks of the train. Very nice.

15 Jan 2010 12:17am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I was going to say this "How the hell did you hold the camera that still, for 8 seconds?????? "....then i read the rest of the you're NOT superhuman!!!! Fine shot you grabbed, on the run !!!

15 Jan 2010 1:35am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

You make me want to stand by the tracks at night now! But it would be so cold. Great motion and light in this one, it looks like you had a fun time taking photos.

15 Jan 2010 4:45pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

The tone, the light, the atmosphere... are just as great as the previous! Superb idea beautifully executed! Fantastic series Stephen!:-)

15 Jan 2010 5:02pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the effect of speed and the lights of the composition. Great one!

17 Jan 2010 9:13am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

War of the Worlds atmosphere. This close I really have to remain resolved to take a photo to put up with the noise.

19 Jan 2010 2:39am

@Twelvebit: Ear Plugs, my sensitive soul (though around busy train tracks this could spell disaster) ...never mind.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Superb night exposer. Great perspective with the trail of light.
Appreciated your narrative on going from one image to capturing this.

21 Jan 2010 3:04pm