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Offline ARPhot

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Train Ride
« on: July 27, 2013, 04:43:54 PM »
Hi all, I am going on a trip in January (on an Amtrack train New York to Orlando). Any tips for shooting out the window? I'm going to research this as well, but perhaps some of you have already done it. Thanks
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 06:10:20 PM »
Not to be a wise guy but if you know where you will be in the train you might want to clean the outside window before the train pulls out.  Also, keep in mind that at 60 MPH the trains moves a little more than 1" at 1/1000 exposure.  Adjust accordingly.
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 07:33:21 PM »
The window suggestion can be right on.  I had to shoot from a rather dirty one at sunset and it was a bear.  And I will also echo, FAST shutter speed. (Maybe  you could pan and that might have a nice effect.)
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 10:06:03 PM »
Two posts and I think they have it all covered. Good work guys!

Yeah go for fast shutter speeds if that train is moving at any reasonable speed. And don't hesitate to shoot if you think you see something worth shooting. You won't get the train to back up.
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2013, 07:57:43 AM »
Thanks for your replies. I was thinking fast shutter speed as well. Does that mean I should set my t2i for the TV mode? I've done this going better than 70 mph on the highway (I wasn't driving) and I've gotten some decent images, but then there were some not so great.
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013, 08:37:19 AM »
Get a good polarizer to cut the reflections. Use some cloth- black is best - to hold against the glass (covering you and your camera) to get rid of reflections and light from inside the train. If the glass is dirty a large aperture will make it go away provided you don't focus on the smudges.

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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013, 11:59:43 AM »
Get a good polarizer to cut the reflections. Use some cloth- black is best - to hold against the glass (covering you and your camera) to get rid of reflections and light from inside the train. If the glass is dirty a large aperture will make it go away provided you don't focus on the smudges.

Great advice here.

And yes, I would use Tv mode if it were me. 
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2013, 08:25:10 PM »
I'd recommend some practice.  Have a friend take you for a drive on the freeway at high speeds.  Or, if there is a commuter train where you live that you can take into a city, do that. 
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Re: Train Ride
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2013, 06:51:31 PM »
I'd recommend some practice.  Have a friend take you for a drive on the freeway at high speeds.  Or, if there is a commuter train where you live that you can take into a city, do that.

Excellent suggestion.  Testing in advance saves allot of time and heartache later.
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