Old 05-17-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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This opportunity for a different shot presented itself. I was able to photograph a hiker in an RDC rear view mirror. The results are less than desired.
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So some topic thoughts:
Importance of preparing - cleaning the glass and mirror would have helped, just like cleaning up litter beforehand.

Are there any suggestions on how to take pictures off a moving train to reduce motion blur?


P.S. I'm not looking to have this pic accepted, the quality is not there. I was just wondering if this would spark any thoughts or suggestions.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:38 PM   #2
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From looking at the EXIF data, it appears to me that the conditions were simply not there for your shot. No matter how hard you try, a 1/40 shutter speed makes it very tough with the train moving (And I'm assuming this is not main line track). If you had better lighting, this could potentially be a very good photo.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:53 PM   #3
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How do you check EXIF data? 1/40th is a little slow.
I had just bought a digital point and shoot (Sony DSC-W80) for my wife and was using it here to make sure it worked. I usually shoot film SLR.

Believe it - this is the E&N mainline on Vancouver Island with 85lb section rails (clickety-clack). The VIA RDC's are the only thing running this section at the moment. The new proprieters "Southern Railway of British Columbia" do plan on running freight south of Nanaimo in the future. Boy will they have a lot of work to do. I was thinking of doing a trip report on this run.
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Old 05-18-2007, 01:28 AM   #4
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Here's how you check EXIF data:
  • Right click the photo and select "Properties"
  • Click the "Summary" tab
  • Click "Advanced" (If it's not already displaying the advanced summary)

Some saves in Photoshop will get rid of EXIF data, but the original version of a photo will have it.

I didn't see that the photo was taken on the E&N until you mentioned it. That definitely helps to explain why photo's blurred, since I am sure that there's got to be some rocking action there.

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:20 PM   #5
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Hope this helps!
Sure did, thanks. [1/40th at ISO 250]
Taking a closer look at the camera, I see that I should have set the ISO manually to say 400, and maybe made an EV +/- adjustment.

By that time we would have been long past the hiker.
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