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Toying with black and white

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This image is of a train approaching a railway station at night. It was an experiment and you could be forgiven for thinking it was an experiment in long-exposure photography although that’s only part of the story

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A train rounds the corner and comes down the line. This wasn’t so much an experiment in long-exposure photography, but how it would work in black and white.

I’ve done a lot of long-exposure photography recently (see here or here for instance). What I was trying to do on this occasion was combine black and white photography with a long-exposure of less than 10 seconds.

It took a lot of practice. Loads and loads of images were rejected before I took this one. Previous long-exposure images I’ve taken have had lots of objects to focus on or have had a fixed focal point. I’ve discovered that trying to get a camera to focus on one moving object for a long exposure shot is incredibly difficult!

As I usually do with my photography blog posts, I’ve linked this one to the #MySundayPhoto blog linky hosted by Photalife.com. I encourage you to click on the badge below to visit the blog and explore imagery taken by other bloggers.

 

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26 thoughts on “Toying with black and white”

  1. Hi John, at first that went over my head! Not the train, of course (sorry couldn’t resist!). Thank goodness for digital cameras, at least we can practice to our heart’s content without running up costs. I can imagine that long exposure whilst trying to focus on a moving point is difficult, but I like your photo. It’s quite ghostly.

    xx

    1. Oh gosh did it take along time to get that image. A very long time. Yes, I am thankful for the arrival of the digital camera!

    1. Well, you could start by going and spending several nights stood on a freezing cold bridge. Alternatively…..just look at my photo and stay warm!

  2. I’m liking the black and white feature. I think the lack of colour really makes the difference with how dramtic the photo is! I’ve not experimented with long exposure so it’s fascinating watching you go through it. As always, fab shot. Loved it! Looking forward to seeing tomorrow’s! #mysundayphoto

    1. Thanka Martyn, glad you liked the shot. Took a lot of practice. Alas, I may not be participating this week. Just not happy with any imagery I have taken over the past few days.

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