Busy Traveler

Busy traveler at the train station
Lady rushing to catch a train.
Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lens
f/9 1/80 second ISO 1000 52mm
Aperture priority
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I paid a visit to El Paso’s Union Train Depot just looking for a photo opp. This lady was rushing by and I saw the picture. Traveler rushing by with people sitting an waiting for a train. I only had time to raise the camera, compose and click. No time for fancy adjustments and composing. Get the picture. As luck would have it I already took some pictures in the station and set the ISO at 1000. It all worked out great for a nice image.

A view from the far end.
Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lens
f/9 1/30 second ISO 200 18mm


The El Paso Union Depot is an Amtrak train station in El Paso, Texas, served by the Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited. The station was designed by architect Daniel Burnham,[3] who also designed Washington D.C. Union Station. It was built between 1905 and 1906 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

In addition to Amtrak service, the station is served by Sun Metro local buses at nearby stops. There has been intermittent talk of resurrecting streetcar service across the border to Ciudad Juarez since the last trolley rolled some thirty years ago.

The station’s office space are occupied by the Texas Tech College of Architecture, which opened in 2013. Sun Metro was formerly headquartered in the space until it moved in 2014. – Source Wikipedia

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom Zoom Zoom

No, I’m not going to do a Mazda commercial. What I am going to show is how I zoom while the shutter is open.

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The carnie came to town and I try to never miss one because of the great light show I can photograph. I got there a night too early, as they were still setting up the carnival for the weekend. In a way that was even better because there was no one around, leaving me to play with my camera.
The settings used for all of these pictures are:
Nikon D5000 with Nikkor 18-200mm vr lens attached. This lens has a way large zoom range making it especially nice for this kind of shooting. I set the ISO on 100, apperture priority at f/25 which gave me a shutter speed of 3 seconds. Long enough to zoom but not so long as to put me to sleep.
The specific settings are not that critical as long as you have a very slow shutter speed.
Focus was on manual. This is important to me because I like to focus on something in order to have some parts of the image in focus. In this case it was the center of the ferris wheel. I like to have something in focus in all of my images, and not a big blob of blurr.

Unless you are the bionic man or woman, a sturdy tripod is necessary for this kind of shooting.

Start zooming as soon as you press the shutter release.
What I like to do is zoom a bit, stop, zoom a bit, stop. Hence the title of this post.
Vary this pattern in different ways for some startling and wild images.

This image started with a tele setting of about 170mm and I zoomed out for just a short bit. You can start at any point of your zoom lens and then vary the way you zoom.
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