Trains in Motion

Trains in Motion

So many people spend so much time commuting, and almost all of us would not classify the commute as a highlight or something we look forward to. But quite often when traveling I notice things I wouldn’t otherwise, maybe because I simply have nothing better to do when sitting on the train. I find myself always looking at other trains or planes when traveling. On the one hand the technologies are fascinating, on the other it is somewhat hypnotizing and allows the mind to wander into random thoughts.

I took this picture while on a train on a business trip to Essen, Germany. I broke some “rules” in this picture. I usually you can’t take a good picture out of a window. Some people hate cell phone photography (whereas I say it depends on the purpose). You should make sure your reflection isn’t visible. I only had my cell phone with me and as we approached the city, I snapped this picture. The light was bright but soft, the passing by and the communications tower caught my eye.  It turned out to be even better than what I had intended, probably because my expectations on a picture through a window was rather low. I think using my cell phone really helped me here because I wasn’t able to fiddle with settings – I wouldn’t have had the time. In this case, although it wasn’t intended, I like the fact you can see my reflection. I feel it helps to portray the com uniting experience of staring out the window at moving trains better.

Camera: iPhone 5S
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter Speed: 1/120
ISO: 32
Postprocessing: None

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