A Couple at Night

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Hotrail, thanks. The spot and the lighting didn't lend itself to the classic 3/4 views. Up close was the only thing that would work.

Bill, yes the train was stopped while conductor walked the train. Both were ISO 400, f7.1. The first was a 20 second exposure then a bit of post processing work to pull the truck detail up, get the color balanced and some noise reduction. There was an intersection nearby and I waited for turning cars to sweep their headlights across the side of the locomotive. The second had no lighting other than what the locomotive and the night sky offered. A 30 second exposure brought up enough detail on the side of the locomotive to make the shot work. But by then the ditch lights had blown out the ballast ahead of the train. What you see here is an 8 second exposure to get the ballast detail merged with a 30 second to get some detail along the locomotive. I merged them in Photomatix then finished it on Capture NX2 to balance the color and do some noise reduction.

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