Last Train to London

last train to london
Signal MD103 Prestbury

An experiment that I have wanted to try for some time. A late night train (pendolino) passing through the Bollin Valley near Prestbury, Cheshire. I like the abstract effect in this image, the way it has come down to an exercise in dark tonality with the only significant luminosity being that of the train window streak and the signal light. I also like the way that this image is reminiscent (in a way) of the dramatic drawn illustrations in some of my classic childhood books about railways, such as the heroic activities of the night-mail footplate crew charging past signals in the dark.

  • Title: Last Train to London
  • Taken: 15 November, 2014
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 134s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 20mm

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Oliver Wood