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Close Quarters
Jan. 14th 2009 Mike Stobbs

Close Quarters

I have a place that I can always capture a train if I want to, and I over the years I have been able to get some great images.
Today I figured being -30C and a wind chill to boot I would try and get an Image of a train with my 10.5mm Fisheye.
The sky was cool with the nice clouds we had today.
Let me tell you if you have a weak heart don't try this...you really have no idea how bloody close you are until you
bring the camera down from your eye!!! This train traveling at about 80+km/h could be felt in my bones as I stood there.
I'm only about 2 meters from the rail line in the image.....

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G AF ED DX Fisheye
1/1000s f/10.0 at 10.5mm iso800 full exif

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Dan Greenberg22-Jan-2009 04:16
Mike - excellent and different idea for a fish eye image. Really cool. ~V~
Peter Sussex21-Jan-2009 22:17
Stunning perspective, powerful and eye catching.
John Buffin17-Jan-2009 20:14
I usually get far too close with my 17mm. I remember bumping the lens on stuff when I had the 10-22. No bumping the train...ok?
Cindi Smith17-Jan-2009 03:15
Cool shot but dangerously close! But, it doesn't look like you were on the tracks so that's a good thing!
Steve Hiscock16-Jan-2009 01:22
Mike, this kind of shot is what your tripod is for, for cryin out loud... seriously! I know you have a remote, use it!!
I agree with Marni, the crew probably crapped their pants... the shot is not worth it my friend, in my humble opinion.
Bonnie15-Jan-2009 22:09
Nice shot! Be careful though.
Steve Morris15-Jan-2009 19:46
Worth the risk Mike - awesome shot!! You and Walter are doing wonders for the sales of fisheye lenses!!BV
LeeG15-Jan-2009 03:26
What a great pov! Braving the -30c weather and getting up so close to the subject paid off with this fantastic train scene.
Steve Sharp15-Jan-2009 02:52
What a strong shot, that fisheye is getting some superb results (by the way, we regularly have to stand a fair bit less than 2 metres away from trains moving at 100mph (160kmph!) ;-)
Brad Claypole15-Jan-2009 02:44
Good for you Mike. Great Shot and treatment. BV
2 meters eh.. I've done 2, but chickened out at 1/2 meter!
B. Shortall - BCS Photography15-Jan-2009 02:34
Great shot! GReat NERVES!! You and Brad must be trading emails!!!
Prawl Photography15-Jan-2009 02:10
Bravo. Unique and bold. Well done.
Walter O. Koenig15-Jan-2009 01:56
I have the same lens, so I know how close you were. You're a brave man to venture so close and to go out in such cold conditions. It was totally worth it because you got the shot.
Marni J. Bradford15-Jan-2009 01:53
Very cool shot Mike, but I don't want to be reading in the newspaper how a photographer from the Moose Jaw area was run over by a train while out taking pictures. At least you're shooting CP, which means it wasn't Cullen shaking his head at you (which is probably what the conductor & engineer on this train were doing)!! :D.
Glen Sansoucie15-Jan-2009 01:27
This is a great shot and story to boot.
vatorman15-Jan-2009 01:17
Mike; are we going to have to make up a train rule now for you? Cool shot and you're right about those clouds and wanting them in the shot. (And I feel your cold weather too.)
Earl Misanchuk15-Jan-2009 01:03
Some friendly advice: Park the fisheye and pull on a 105 mm equiv when you want to do trains, Mike. You're too valuable to lose that way.
pkocinski15-Jan-2009 00:47
Mike that's crazy being that close! It's a fantastic image but not worth the risk of you getting hurt.
Ed Preston15-Jan-2009 00:44
Cool shot, Mike. Great use of the fish eye.
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