The ability to stop a speeding train was once the preserve of superheroes but anyone with a Nikon D700 can do it now. Those who aren't impressed by the D700's high-ISO talents often like to mention their camera's anti-shake qualities - in-body or in-lens - or the simple use of a tripod as alternatives in low-light shooting.
What anti-shake or tripods can't do, however, is allow the photographer to snap subjects at a high shutter speed when the light is low. This train was speeding through Carnoustie station but you'd never guess it. I snapped it handheld from a pedestrian overbridge, effectively freezing it on its tracks.
Now, you can argue that the photograph might have been better had the train shown some motion blur and I'd probably go along with you. But the D700 gives you alternatives which most other cameras don't. I can always add some motion blur in Photoshop but there's no way I could have sharpened up some lengthy light streaks if I'd shot it with a 1/2 second shutter speed.
Monday, January 12, 2009 by Bruce Robbins ·