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New Orleans Streetcar—December 2018.

It was a little more than six months ago that I made this view of a heritage streetcar in New Orleans, Louisiana while walking to the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to board Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.

I exposed this digitally using my FujiFilm XT1 with my zoom lens set at 110mm.

Lately, I’ve shied away from using the zoom and instead prefer to work with my prime lenses. However, the zoom is well suited for street photography owing to its variable focal length.

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Six Sunset (Limited) Views: New Orleans and Mississippi River.

Departing New Orleans, I settled in Amtrak’s glass-lined observation lounge.

Here I made photos as we navigated the maze of trackage on both sides of the massive Huey P. Long bridge over the Mississippi River.

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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

NOUPT serves Amtrak’s City of New OrleansCrescent, and tri-weekly Sunset Limitedplus the seasonal train ride styled as the Polar Express.It’s also the city’s bus terminal.

This station was among the very last city terminals constructed during the era when the private railroads ran their own passenger trains.

Only ticketed Amtrak passengers were permitted onto the railroad platforms.

Here are few views exposed the other day.

Amtrak’s Polar Express train ride-set.

Amtrak’s Polar Express train ride-set.
Amtrak’s Polar Express train ride-set on left; Sunset Limited on right. File adjusted for contrast and highlight and shadow detail maximization.

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Night Photos of a New Orleans Trolley Car—Wide and panned.

The other evening, I made these panned views of a streetcar in New Orleans at night.

I set my FujiFilm XT1 at ISO 3200, the shutter speed dial to ‘A’ and the exposure compensation dial to +1/3 (to compensate for the dark sky). The camera auto-selected my shutter speed based on available light, which was about 1/12thof a second.

To keep the trolley sharp, I panned car as it passed me. I was careful to maintain my pan for the full duration of each exposure and avoid speeding up or stopping as I released the shutter.

I had the shutter release set for ‘CH’ (Continuous High) so the camera continued to expose images as I panned.

I’ve selected the most effective of my burst of images.

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