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Photo of the Week: Alaska Railroad

Posted 8 February, 2009 at 9:30am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Photography)

The Alaska Railroad takes passengers from Seward to Fairbanks (through Anchorage and Denali National Park). Standing between cars (unlike in New York City, it's not illegal to do so) allows you to photograph unobstructed (and also shots like this involving leaning out of the train). It's hard to stay out there for too long because (even in the summer) it gets cold. I remember that I was bundled up pretty well but my eyes were watering up from the chilling wind after a few minutes. For this shot, I used a fast shutter speed to minimize blurring from the train's movement (probably around 30 miles per hour during this shot).
Alaska Railroad
Handheld, 1/2000 sec at f/5.6 on ISO 200, 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

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