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Taking photographs of trains is relatively simple if you follow just a few rules.
The type of camera used is up to the photographer, I have used cameras ranging from $20
to $900 and many of the same rules apply to all. The main thing is to make sure that the sun
is shining on the train from the same side as you are photographing. If the sun
is on the opposite side, you will get a blacked out train with no readable logos
and basically a wasted shot. Getting used to the horn and noises while you shoot pictures
is just a mind of matter thing. Be extra careful in railyards and around crossings where
cars pass through. Most of the cars don't even notice the train, so don't expect them
to watch out for you, that is your job. To get a larger than life looking shot, just
squat down and let the front of the train fill the viewer from one end to the other.
Night shots can be done with lower f stops or shutter speeds. On the old cameras you
can use a tripod and the B setting as you count to 1, 2, or 3 full seconds. The B setting
or a low shutter speed will either give a full nightime view of a stopped train or
the moving streak effect on a moving train. You could also get nothing, but it's fun to try.
The final rule is patience, the minute you leave the tracks and give up on the arrival
of a train is one minute too soon.
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