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Thatcham Station at Dusk.

Thatcham Station.

Thatcham Station: Freight Train at Dusk.

Freight Train at Dusk.

I was hoping for something more illuminated than a freight train for this shot of Thatcham Station at dusk! I had arrived a little late, and the blue light was fading.

Of course, I had just missed an express train going through, which would have given a more interesting light trail. However, positioned at the top of the footbridge, I had a good location.

A couple of test shots allowed me to align the shot. Initially, I included part of the footbridge, but decided a closer focus on Thatcham Station was preferable.

I wanted the aperture to be as small as possible. However, I also needed to balance this with an exposure that wasn’t too long. If it was, the danger would be that the train light trails would be too dark. I decided 10 seconds would be preferable.

Normally I would use an ISO of 100, but this meant a wider aperture than I wanted. I have therefore compromised by increasing the ISO one step, so I could reduce the aperture similarly.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 24 May 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 70mm
  • F/14
  • 10 Sec
  • ISO 200

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