As many of you know, I make a weekly trip down to my office in NYC. The Amtrak train runs right alongside the Hudson River for almost the entire trip. The views can be amazing. I grabbed an evening train home yesterday and the light was unbelievable. I'm not big on landscapes, but the challenge of shooting a serene scene while traveling at over 80-mph was irresistible.
Lots of them have visible reflections and noticeable motion blur, but I think the imperfections are a nice reminder that these were taken as part of a trip. Not carefully planned or mapped out. They're reactive landscapes, which is why I don't find them terribly boring.
It's an interesting way to shoot because the light keeps changing as you make slight changes in direction. It also gets darker as you go. And as the light outside fades, the reflections of the interior train lights on the windows becomes more difficult to deal with. You can see it clearly in the next image.
I didn't actually add any of the vignetting on these photos. They were taken with the new Sigma 35mm F/1.4. Most of them were shot at F/1.4, so I could keep the shutter speeds fast and the ISO relatively low. I don't really like vignettes, but these are natural, so I don't hate them.
Then there's the castle. If you've ever taken the Amtrak on this line, you've seen it. It's a fantastic landmark. I shot 5 frames and got this one that I love. It's not perfect. That's probably fine.