Night Train

By: Gustav Hoiland

Oct 31 2010

Category: fisheye

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Halloween Eve

I’ve gotten into the habit of getting real close to the train when it pulls into the station (camera in hand, of course). Decidedly not behind the yellow line until it comes to a complete stop. Quite the thrill, if I do say so myself, and one that has returned some really incredible images time and again.

This photo strikes me as powerfully cinematic. That’s just the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe because this particular setting was a popular scene in many an old timey flick, though maybe that’s an entirely baseless thought conjured from my cerebral depths. Perhaps it’s the very contrasty and otherwise distinctive lighting that echoes my faint memories of film noir sequences.

Compositionally it’s beautifully split in half. At right we have this great big emotionless face of a locomotive with its tiny blinding eyes pushing into the night air. At left is everything else – the big silvery triangle that is the body of the train, pointing to the passengers to be. The woman in the black getup with the heels is clearly the best among the mortals. And then there’s some lens flare coming into the center.

…all kinds of good stuff.

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