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| p.1 #12 · #128: Destined to Inherit the Earth |
I didn't look through the viewfinder because a few minutes earlier an express ran through the station and scared the crap out of me. The kids ( and I ) were on and about the tracks and the next scheduled stop at the station was 3 hours in the future. Figured it was safe. My wife scolded us, but I assured her that this was a passenger rail line, and no train was due for hours. Besides, the light was great. SO, I am standing on the track and start to photograph a train coming in... It has to slow down... It was obvious that it wasn't going to slow down, and I was easily 200 yards away when I jumped off the tracks ( the kids were already on the platform ) I stepped back just behind the yellow line and the damn thing never did slow down. Man the suction when it went by. I never expected it to be so strong. I am a big guy and never felt like I was going to lose my footing, but a slightly built man, or a woman, or someone wearing a long coat?
So... Knowing now that there might be more trains, what needs be done? Pennies on the tracks, of course. We watched like hawks while my oldest daughter laid a half dozen down. After laying them down, she told me that there was a bug on the track that was not long for this world if a train came by. My wife mentions it qualifies for an "urban wildlife" subject, and next thing you know I am on the roadbed and I lay the camera on the track and pull the trigger. Chimping tells me the focus is at least good enough for 640 and I am on the platform again. We hang around for at least 45 more minutes. I get a handful of shots off, and time to go back to the hotel. The kids are bummed about their pennies and I tell them maybe we will come back that night or at least the next moring to pick them up.
At the hotel, I am pleased to find the focus is good enough to print, and other than the odd tilt to the frame I know I have my entry. I post to the web at the hotel after checking crop and rotations and finding I like the odd tilt on the full frame. ( hope you do too )
Next morning, we go back to the station and the kids find most of the pennies. We all had a ball and didn't get hit by a train ( which would have definately ruined our day) . The bug was off the track a few seconds after the shot was taken so he did alright too.