Railway morning

Most days I’m a commuter, getting the early train at 6:38 to travel into Toronto. This week, however, I have a few days off and I thought I’d see the train from the other side. Now, a lot of people, especially the Brits, have an enduring love affair with the old steam trains. The heritage lines back in the UK do some fantastic work and I’ve been to a few of them in my time. But I also am fascinated by the power of the diesels that run on the GO (Govt of Ontario) Transit commuter lines. They are huge beasts, the locomotives drawing the twelve double-decker coaches.

So this morning I was up early and off down to a spot that I’d previously seen from my journey home and marked it as a likely location. I took 2 cameras, one to shoot wide-angled and slow from a tripod, with a 2-stop ND filter to slow the exposure even further, and one to shoot handheld to get the standard frozen shot.

Then some funky post-processing using my favourite Nik Collection plugins for PS CC to give me the B&W shot and the Kodachrome simulation. See what you think.

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