The 6:19 PM Capitol Corridors Train departing Martinez right on time - bound for the State Capitol in Sacramento.
This was quite a show insofar as a photographer watching this from her car would have had a good laugh. I loved the set-up along Track One. I had positioned the tripod perfectly to catch the old and unused passenger station, the crossroad, the blossoms in the trees, and the overhead rail signals. The problem was that the train was signaling that it was rolling out and I had just discovered that there were raindrops all over the lens filter glass. A test image revealed blurs and lots of droplet stars across the whole image. Yikes.
So here I stand pulling lens tissues and cloth out of my pockets, madly wiping the glass as the rain increases and the train starts to move. I am stuffing the wipes in my pockets while I recheck the focus and framing and calculate the precise moment to start the exposure - click.
The train reaches my position and still isn't going very fast - perhaps 10 miles-per-hour - but I am close enough to the track that the wind-wall knocks my hat off . It blows up into the rainy darkness and I find myself leaning forward and catching it (!) while still keeping my left hand up to the eye-piece to keep the bright lights out of the finder. I must have been a picture myself.
It was worth every wet moment.
Canon 5D mark II w/Canon16-35mm f/2.8 'L' series lens: ISO 50 - at 21mm - f/14 - 30.0 seconds
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