How to Take Better Train Travel Photos

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By Carl Morrison at - -

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13.  Pan with the Train

This means to move the camera left to right (if the train is arriving from your left), keeping the engine in the view finder as it passes.  This means very little movement of the engine compared to trying to shoot from a fixed spot as the train moves by.  The only movement showing in your  still picture will be the foreground and background, which is a good thing, it proves the train was not sitting still on the track.

Rather than risk getting a good shot on one panned exposure, set your camera for multiple shots (sometimes called a burst of 3 or more exposures) as the train passes, then select the best one. 


This is an application of panning.  However, the sun was so bright on this winter morning and the sky so clear, there is nothing blurred.  The direction of the steam indicates the train was moving.  One thing about trains and the fact that they are on tracks, the engineer doesn't always have to watch where he is going!

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