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rainy night / eastbound train

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 16 March 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Gilman Street Grade - Berkeley, California

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Hi Stephen hope you are keeping well (and busy). Love the moodiness of this night sky filled with dampness and rain, nice "ghost train" too. I'm guessing at an exposure of about 2 seconds?

16 Mar 2012 10:05am

@Curly: Good call, Curly and I'm sorry I didn't include the exif data:

Canon 5D w/ Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II lens: ISO 1250 / f 9.0 @ 20mm / 1.6 seconds

What was cool about this capture is that it was completely unplanned. I was driving across the tracks and saw the train stopped at Berkeley station - less than a mile away (1.4 km). I made a U-Turn and pulled out the tripod and camera as the train was gaining speed. I set the aperture and shutter as the crossing gates closed - framing and leveling the camera just as the train came into the finder. 1 - 2 - 3 - Click.

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Lovely mood you captured here!!

16 Mar 2012 11:05am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Wonderful image Stephen. You really have an eye for creating dramatic low light scenes.

16 Mar 2012 12:34pm

@Yonatan: Thank you, Yonatan - I'm not shooting nearly as much as I would like and miss my regular visits here. Soon...

L'Angevine from Angers, France

génial ce mouvement rapide

16 Mar 2012 4:46pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The rain soaked image offers up some wonderfully saturated colours to go along with the ghost train! Nicely captured Stephen! ;-)

16 Mar 2012 6:34pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Stephen...spectacular night shot and movement.

16 Mar 2012 9:52pm