Long Exposure & Trains
Long exposures are a lot of fun, especially when they’re including trains. It can be tough to get the exposure time just right. If I set my shutter too long the image is muddy. If I my shutter is too short, the image is jittery confused. What I’m trying to get a smooth splash of light, with good definition between the lights, and colors painted on the side of the trains. The money seems to be around 4 seconds, but that is really quite variable since their speed can be inconsistent when they’re pulling into a station.
The Real trick is getting close enough for a good shot but not freaking out the train drivers. I’ve had several trains stop short of the platform waiting for me to get out-of-the-way. It’s comforting to know that the drivers are that on the ball so late at night, but it’s also a bit of a bummer when the whole point is to get a photo when the train is rolling into the station. Seriously though, there is security everywhere, all the time, even in the middle of the street. I know it’s their job, but come on, it’s not like I’m camped out on the street all day! HAHA
Anyway, these are a few of my favorite shots from Calgary Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. Both cities have great trains, but I do miss that subway, it’s just got so many amazing photographic opportunities. One day I’ll go back, I just wish It didn’t cost so much to travel in Canada. Otherwise, I’d have been back there already, especially the long exposure’s you can get from inside the train. Somehow those tunnel walls create some really amazing effects that you just don’t get when you’re riding one of the street-level trains in Calgary.
Let me know which image you like better!