Railroad Ties, Oak Leaves, Long Exposure

Amador County, CA
Amador County, CA

It started off as a hunt for the current “resting” place for historic locomotive #10 of the Amador Central/Foothills Railroad, but ends up with photographs of oaks leaves on railroad ties.  I did eventually find the locomotive.  It was one spur further than I expected and makes for an interesting backyard view for some homes.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

While not evident, this is a long exposure photograph taken nearly an hour after sunset.  With the f/stop setting selected, the shutter speed was calculated by first bumping up the ISO to within the workable in-camera meter.  In this case, ISO 400 and 30 seconds yielded a “correct” exposure.  Backing out to lower ISO of 200 (and less possibility of grain) meant doubling the shutter time to 60 seconds.  Of course, increased shutter time mean potential digital noise, but I was going to chose that over grain.  A personal choice really and may depend on the strengths and/or weakness of your camera.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 34mm, ISO 200, 61 sec, f/11

Railroad Ties, Oak Leaves, Long Exposure.  Ione Rail Depot, Amador County, California.  December 22, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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