Today with it being Sunday, I didn’t get to venture to far from home.
As a lot of photographers know, sometimes you will just be in the right place at the right time with perfect light conditions, other times you have to plan ahead of what you want to capture.
I was thinking all through today what I would be taking a picture of. I knew it was going to be dark by the time I headed out (freelance web work) and that the weather wasn’t going to be fantastic with strong winds, clouds and rain.
I knew that I would probably be taking today’s picture while I was out walking the dog.
It then came to me that I would be near the train track so this is where I decided to start planning the shot.
I had envisioned a very long light trail coming from left in the distance until it passed me on the right, but I was limited to 30 seconds due to forgetting my remote (school boy error!)
I checked the translink website to see what time the last train would be heading into Derry at, and it said 9.25.
I wanted to make sure I was there at least 1 hour before hand so that I could scout the area for some possible leading lines, and also so that I could get my exposure correct among other things.
I knew that shooting at f/2.8 would be out of the question due to the flood light on the front of the train therefore I setup my shot at f/5.6.
I never took into consideration ISO, therefore the the image is slightly overexposed, but it still works.
With the winds being strong I had to put my tripod as low as it could go so as to stop any wind shake which thankfully worked!
I’m quite surprised though that there isn’t much movement in the image as when the train passed me the ground was shaking due to the train!
Anyway, here is the day 2 image, and what I’ve learnt today is to take into consideration the entire exposure triangle (ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed) and to plan ahead for the changing light – ohhh and not to forgot any necessary equipment like my remote!