Train, Platform, Blur

Sacramento, CA

The original intent is for the “Amtrak California” lettering on the side of the train to be exposed for a longer period of time as the train pulls away from the station.  The timing was a bit off on my part, but we end up with a translucent view through the train and of the platform on the other side.

(Click through the photo to see in 700px)

I had about 15-20 minutes to setup this photo.  Moving twice to reframe the shot and finally standing near the locomotive and sucking in occasional diesel exhaust for 10 minutes.  The plan was to have the first quarter of the exposure (3-4 seconds) on the stationary train with the last three quarters of the exposure (remaining 9-10 seconds) on the motion of the train as it is pulling away.

I started one exposure too early and the train did not move yet.  The second exposure started just as the train started to move and I ended up with what looked like a slightly bad focused photo.  Finally, this was the third and last photo where I captured the last third of the train and the platform behind.  This makes it seem as through you can see right through the train to the other side.

Recent Sacramento street photography:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 18mm, ISO 100, 13 sec, f/13

Train, Platform, Blur.  Sacramento, California. October 20, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Train, Platform, Blur

    1. Hi Josh, thanks for stopping by! I’ve always wanted to travel by train, besides using it as an infrequent work commute. Hope to see some travel by rail posts from your blog soon enough.


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