Freight train passing in the night, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM, November 5, 2016

Passing in the Night

BNSF Freight Train, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM

November 5, 2016

It Worked, Sort of

Waiting in the early light of dawn for the birds to wake up and the action to start at the Bosque ponds, I heard the whistle of a freight at the crossing up in San Antonio and got an idea.

These freights aren't terribly fast. I had plenty of time to set up a camera to try to catch a slow shutter shot of the headlight of the passing freight. I never tried this before and guessed at the camera settings.

That didn't work too well but along came a car which illuminated the sides of the freight cars. Bingo!

We like it.

For those who care about such things, I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II body in Av mode at f/11, ISO 800, with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens at 70mm. Exposure was 2.5 seconds.