Once in a year opportunity : ) .... messed up. : (

Started Dec 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Practice & find a different location
In reply to Moti, Dec 3, 2013

You've gotten a lot of good advice, and you recognized some of the mistakes you made.  A couple of things that I would suggest:

1.  Certainly other trains come along that track, and they'll all have headlights on at night.  Practice your technique on those trains and you'll be ready next Christmas.

2. If you can find a spot where the train is going slower - perhaps a curve in the track where it slows down, or as it's pulling into a station, then set yourself up to shoot it at that location.  If the track is curved, and you're positioned in the inside of the arc, more of the train will be within your DoF.

3. Others have mentioned this, but I agree that the way to shoot the train is to pan with it as it's moving.  This takes practice, so try the technique on other trains going by.  A monopod, or tripod with panning head will help here.

Good luck next year.

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