This is the incorrect way in which to photograph a rail car (See here for the correct way). People or machines are not always predictable.
Here’s a series of photographs that almost ended with a dramatically different tale. During one of the last runs of the day, this driver took a decidedly bad turn. Unlike the previous post, notice how the rail car is pointing directly at me?
Although both my eyes are open while taking photos, you tend to experience a bit of tunnel vision. In certain situations, your adrenaline is off the chart, and you’re so very focused on trying to ‘get the shot’.
My trusted sports shooter, the Canon 1D Mark II, boasts ’8 frames a second’. This sequence occurred during that burst. I was positioned toward the end of the track, standing with the official time-keepers. Working directly with event organizers is important, and generally keeps everyone safe & happy.
While I was locked-on, Barry, one of the event’s organizers, grabbed at me, pulling me off the track’s shoulder.
The rail car bounced just shy of where we were standing and performed a last 180 degree spin before coming to a rest. After taking the last shot, I looked at Barry, expecting to be relocated.
These sold a few copies. Every once in a while, you’ll take a technically shitty photograph that still captures people’s imaginations.