Sacramento, Bench, Moving Freight Train, Monochrome

ISO400, 50mm, f/7.1, 0.5 sec
Downtown Sacramento, CA

The interminable dog days of summer are here.  The photo opportunities are fewer and further in between unless a road trip is in play or we hold off on shooting until the sun goes down.

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What I enjoy about planning Friday night dinners with close friends downtown is not just to obviously great food and company, it is the opportunity to stroll the alleyways and less frequented evening areas of the city center once the feasting is done.

One of the standby locations for me is the Sacramento Amtrak station.  I had arrived at 10pm and the only remaining train was not until the arrival of the Starlight Express at midnight.  The entire train platform and passenger tunnels were virtually mine to explore and shoot.  Then out of nowhere, I heard the horn of an approaching train.  A quick sprint up the stairs back to the platform and I realized it was not just one Union Pacific freight train, but two, on separate tracks going the opposite direction.  While I failed to setup my gear in time for one train in motion, I was able to capture a few shots of the train two tracks over.

And yes, I noticed the inadvertent eyes and mouth created by the lights and bench.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 400, 50mm, f/7.1, 0.5 sec

Sacramento, Bench, Moving Freight Train, Monochrome. Downtown Sacramento, California. July 05, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Sacramento, Bench, Moving Freight Train, Monochrome

    1. Absolutely steal it! I’m usually not one to take many shots of a single composition except to experiment with aperture, but I took about 7 shots here. The different colors of the train cars as well as the occasional graffiti on the sides cause different results when in motion. Of those shots, it was this one I liked the best and processed.


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