Thu 29-Nov-12 02:51 AM | edited Sun 25-Nov-12 09:54 PM by DeanAZ
Driving back to Phoenix along I-40 we passed this BNSF train heading west. I was in the passenger seat and this setup was just perfect with the cliffs in the background. I like the heat distorting the air above the exhaust. Later in the evening we got stuck in Holbrook behind this very same train. While we were driving we could easily outpace it but it didn't need to stop for bathroom breaks or dinner.
Bob, VR works really great. I wanted a shutter speed that would show some foreground motion blur so I adjusted the ISO as needed. Other tips, VR ON Don't let the camera or you arms touch any part of the car. Pan on the subject smoothly rotating your body at the waist. Watch for glare on the window from bright objects in the car. Wear a dark shirt. Shoot out the side window. Clean the window. Be ready on the shutter button and previsualize the composition as even 6fps is too slow to nail the composition at 75 MPH. I use my right eye in the viewfinder and keep my left eye open also to help with the timing.
I like to do train photographs as well. You are very fortunate to be in the area that you are, to be presented opportunities like this. Plus it's obvious you certainly have the skills to capture the moment when it arises.
"Things are'nt always quite as cherry, as they first seem"