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Myself and Chris x 2 were on the lookout for a suitable train station to try a setup loosely based on a drifter type of figure under a harsh light.

Exposure: 1/60 & 0.4 sec Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 200/800 Focal Length: 54 mm (click for larger)

We tracked the train line out of the city, stopping to check the suitability of each station as it passed. We finally settled, partly out of laziness, for a dodgy looking northside station. As the evening progressed shifty characters started appearing. Some barefoot, biting their nails, shooting us nervous glances. Others crazy and disgruntled wandering across the active train lines muttering about our lack of rights to be there.

Mace and I were on one side of the platform and Chris on the other with the camera. As trains passed between us Mace and I were half expecting Chris to be revealed unconscious on the ground, our gear gone to be traded for whatever elicit substances can be acquired in the area.

The shot was a composite of an ambient light frame (with the moving train) and a flash lit frame of the drifter. Refreshing was the fact that there was little to no prep and we were done in under an hour. Previous setup shots, while also fun, have required quite a bit of preparation and setup. ChrisG masterfully composited the shot right after we returned to safer ground. I am quite pleased with the result and hope to do some more of these simple and, more importantly, quick setups.


3 Responses to “Drifter”

  1. Jon on April 17th, 2012 1:26 pm

    Holy over-sharpened Flickr! Thought I would try putting a larger “original” up but boy the Flickr smaller versions are over-sharpened. Click for the original.

  2. Sven on April 19th, 2012 3:18 am

    Nicely done!

  3. Jon on April 19th, 2012 8:35 am

    Thanks, I was pleased. Also pleased that we have managed to drag ourselves out most Mondays in your absence – a feat in its own right!

    If anything the shot just needs…more theatres 🙂

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