Daily Travel Photo: Train in Motion

Daily Travel Photo: Train in Motion

The Set Up

I took this photo from a train that headed from Curitiba, Brazil to the coast of Southern Brazil. The train ride featured stunning views and the hilarity of watching the local train riders take about 35,000 pictures of anything and everything.

The Shot

This trip was a photographer’s dream and nightmare all wrapped into one. The vintage train, beautiful scenery and ruined buildings along the tracks were very photogenic. The problem was the moving train and low levels of light under cloud cover made it very difficult for a clean capture. But when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this case I used the motion to my advantage to make the train look like we were flying through the rainforest at break neck pace.

I shot this photo at 18mm, with an f of 7.1 and a shutter speed of 1/6, Iso100.

What’s next

On Friday I have a new article coming describing this amazing trip to the coast where I took the train, hiked the rain forest, and finally caught a speed boat to Ihla do Mel. Stay tuned for that, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Pretty nice… No! It looks awesome! But come on… tell me how did you do that on Photoshop. 😉

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    • haha… do what on photoshop??? This was all done in camera. Low shutter speed focus on the head of the train which is moving at the same speed as you, and thus your camera, then fire. The slow shutter speed creates the blurred motion movement of the train. The only thing I did in post production to this photo was add a little contrast in the RAW file.

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  2. Outstanding shot, Brendan…Looking forward to more stories and photos…
    Patti thecrazychef Somewhere in Mexico

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  3. As soon as I saw this the 1st thing that came to mind was HARRY POTTER. It looks like the train going to Hogwarts. Sorry I am huge Harry Potter fan.

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    • hahaha… Harry Potter. I hate to admit, ok maybe I don’t, that I’ve never seen a movie or read a book. Not just of Harry Potter, but of any kind! jokes!

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  4. Hey Beandan Love hearing how you set up these shots and the final settings. I recently purchased a Canon dslr and all the little tips and tricks are helping. Great shot mate.

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  5. Thats pretty nice man, great shot

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  6. Best photo I’ve seen all week. Love the explanation, love the contrast of red against green. Love it.

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  7. Love this pic! The movement makes me feel like I’m actually in one of those carriages on the train.

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