Monday Photo Inspiration – Train in Motion

by matt on July 30, 2012

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, July 30th we take a look at an image I made not long ago at the Eugene train station.

I view train stations much like I view airports; gateways to adventure.  I love that sense of wonder at where the train or plane might be headed.  Every time I see or hear a plane overhead or hear that train horn blaring off in the distance I imagine where it might be headed, the people that are on board and what they might be traveling for.

I remember the first time I traveled Internationally.  I flew from San Francisco to Jakarta Indonesia and transited in Hong Kong.  I remember landing and looking out the window at a whole new world.  There was this new reality that there is so much more out there than anything I had ever imagined.  The travel bug had bit.

Monday Photo Inspiration - Train in Motion

I was out doing some evening photography with a friend and we decided to go shoot down at the Eugene train station.  It was empty at first but then people started showing up with their suitcases and we heard the yell of the train horn way off in the distance.  Then my creativity kicked in and I imagined a shot in my head.

Quickly I setup my tripod and framed up the shot.  I set my camera on manual and set a long shutter speed.  I wanted to capture the sense of motion as the train pulled into the station.  The blur and stream of light from the train captures this just as I had imagined it in my minds eye.

So Happy Monday!  Are you traveling anywhere this week?

“The journey not the arrival matters.” ~ T. S. Eliot

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