When doubt is what makes the thinking man, boy, then I’m in serious trouble. The second I had seen this image on the LCD of my D200, I had no doubt at all that this would be the Image of the Day. I didn’t even have to change a bit. What you see is the JPEG right out of the camera.
I had got out quite early and weather was fine. This was the third image this morning, again with the Sigma 150/2.8 macro, wide open at f2.8. I had focused at the sunny buildings in the back, thus basically at infinity, trying to get the track going from blurry to defined.
Well, this morning I had all kinds of trouble with this lens. 150mm times 1.5, and that unstabilized, for many applications this is simply impossible. At one point I have tried to shoot upward, the camera over my head, to capture a gorgeous play of light and shadow high on a wall, but even at a minimum shutter speed of 1/100s I could not hold the shot, not even once in maybe ten attempts. I simply need a monopod for such things.
On the other hand, when I get a shot, then it is really something special, just like this one. The shallow DOF of a fast telephoto lens, together with the compression, that makes for a breathtaking perspective. This is a good example, mostly because of the near curve of the track.