Photo: The Speedy Train

The Speedy Train
I was waiting for this quick-moving train to pass, so I took a picture of it, moving the camera with the this car as I exposed the image. It took me 30 tries, but I got this good one. To get a slow shutter speed, I closed way down to F22. Panning is a good technique; you should try it!

Canon Rebel XTi, EFS 18-55mm, 1/13, F22, 18mm, ISO100, 2008-05-13T17:08:44-04, 20080513-210844rxt

Source image. I think there’s some dust on my sensor, but I’m not going to try removing it because it only shows up at small apertures like F22 here. I cloned it out and added some nice colors and contrast. The sky is over-exposed, but I don’t mind it here; seems to match the movement of the train somehow. :sunglasses:

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Credit me as Richard X. Thripp and link here.

2 thoughts on “Photo: The Speedy Train

  1. I could never achieve this effect with my cannon camera 🙁 Objects in movements are hardest to take pictures of. I would get a blurrrrrry train and nothing else.

    1. Well, I got the same thing, but the key is you gave up and I didn’t. It took me about 20 shots to get this. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

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