Halloween light trail special

As Halloween will be here shortly we went hunting for the elusive ghost train.

A bit of long exposure light play at the trains station at South Queensferry. It’s a learning curve and we went out experimenting on Friday night.

So we stood at the end of platform 2 facing the Forth rail bridge and as trains went past tried to get the light trails working. After a struggle we eventually got some good shots.

Then it was onto trying to shoot the end of the train as it’s stationary and moving away. The only problem with this is the delay between trains arriving at the platforms. 15-20min wait and then a single photo. I have eventually decided to get my 2nd (my back up camera, I replaced the Canon 1D MKIII with another 7D) Canon 7D involved to increase the possibilities of some good shots. I had to use a camera backpack as a make shift tripod but will invest in another tripod for the future, I might even need another lens as the wide angle is a bit to short at times.

Here’s the results of us facing the Forth railway bridge:

IMG_7262-fb IMG_7263-fb IMG_7272-fb IMG_7274-fb IMG_7278-fbAnd then moving to the back of each train working out how long to start the exposure before the train moves away to get
the illusion of transparency while having enough detail to see that it is a train.

 7901-fb 7902-fb 7903-fb 7904---fb vs3

Thanks you for having a look
Jacques le Roux

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7 thoughts on “Halloween light trail special

    1. Thanks Allen. Indeed, it took a while to get things working. One of the guys with me was swearing a lot till we started to figure things out. So much fun if you are a group doing these photos. Next time will go easier but I still have 1 image in my mind that I want to do with this style.

      1. True but soemtimes more fun to figure it out as a group. We had fits of laughter listening to a fellow photographer swearing like a sailor while trying to figure it out. I tend to try things and if I struggle then I’ll look into the technical side of things.

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