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I took my Original Digital Rebel along with my Canon 35 f2.0 lens to capture this image. I used to take my son to Pacific Central Station every Friday, we'd have a quick bite to eat at the McDonald's, then head out to watch passengers board, and then the train depart. Now it is difficult to get close at all with all the security measures.

I took this standing on a narrow cement block, my camera poking up between two barbed wires straddling the wire fence. I was balancing, with a monopod on the camera (but not touching the ground - too far down), and I think this shot was shot at something like a 1/4 of a second; that it came out at all was a miracle. I processed it to save what image I did have:

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Mr. Pick

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Very nice image, especially given the conditions you had while trying to get the shot. Tricky exposure, but you hit it! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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