One new photograph, almost every day of the year

2015—Night Train

I travel Elverta Road from my house to Hwy. 99 and take the same route home again often but in almost 25 years, I have not encountered a train at the rail road crossing just beyond Levee Road. I had begun to wonder if the track was still in use but Saturday evening as I returned from a quick trip to Santa Rosa and I approached the crossing, the lights began to flash red, the crossing guards lowered, and a freight train rumbled past at high speed. I guess I just haven’t been there at the right time. I grabbed my camera (this is why I always carry it with me) and took a few shots. It’s fascinating to me that at the slow shutter speed, the train’s wheels don’t show at all but the cars show as blurred streaks. I took this shot at ISO 1000, f/2.8, shutter speed, 1/5 second, focal length 48mm. I processed the shot in Perfect Effects 9 adding both a grunge layer and an HDR layer.

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2 responses

  1. Bruce

    Cool shot.. pretty darn sharp for 1/5 second hand held. I’m guessing you had the camera braced by the vehicle. The box car siding shapes are a continuous object as they repeat from car to car that to the camera becomes a solid object. The wheels are a short object relative to the camera that don’t stay in one place long enough to register on the sensor. What the camera sees & how it see it is fun to comtemplate.

    September 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

  2. Melinda

    I love this shot!!! And cool processing!

    September 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

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