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A little diatribe on camera technique. First look at the picture. It has decent framing. The backround is really nice. The smoke and steam are quite lovely. The train is coming nicely. What did I do wrong? I didn't watch my camera settings. The shutter speed is 1/80 with an f-stop of 5.6. Too slow for hand held at that distance. It's a telephoto shot with the lens out about 250mm. I got complacent as the train came up the hill. I didn't think to adjust even though I had time, after all I turned 90 degrees and took a picture of the horse standing over there. So from an amateur who has been photoging for 50+ years.....Pay Attention. Thank You for allowing me to vent. Tom

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Well look on the bright side. It's not like they are going to scrap the locos next week, so you'll have another chance at this shot. You other pics were sure nice enough!
 

Bob

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A little diatribe on camera technique. First look at the picture. It has decent framing. The backround is really nice. The smoke and steam are quite lovely. The train is coming nicely. What did I do wrong? I didn't watch my camera settings. The shutter speed is 1/80 with an f-stop of 5.6. Too slow for hand held at that distance. It's a telephoto shot with the lens out about 250mm. I got complacent as the train came up the hill. I didn't think to adjust even though I had time, after all I turned 90 degrees and took a picture of the horse standing over there. So from an amateur who has been photoging for 50+ years.....Pay Attention. Thank You for allowing me to vent. Tom
We all make mistakes in photography. If you don't, you're not challenging yourself. As others have noted, at least you have the chance to shoot this one again.

I've found I like using a tripod to make my composition. I study the scene, frame things up, and do some test shots. In this case, I'd shoot on manual, so the headlight wouldn't foul up the metering. (Oh, and make sure you have auto-ISO off, or it can change your settings even if you're on manual, by adjusting the ISO...)

One more comment, this is a great shot, the smoke looks cool. But I would have also shot another one, much closer. Not sure if you did or not.
 

Bob

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BTW, some of the new icons have a smart auto ISO system. You can set it so that it checks the focal length you're using and adjust the shutter speed (when possible) to a value that's reasonable for hand holding that lens. It does it by bumping up the ISO. But wait, you say, ISO 800 might have some grain. True, but ISO 200 and blurry isn't any better!

It's another nice feature they've added in the past couple of years.
 





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