Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Goleta Amtrak Station

Waiting on the Train

For the past 4 years, I had no idea where this train station was located until one day, I was driving around in my car and decided to see what was at the end of La Patera Lane and there it was.  I chose the Goleta Amtrak station as a place to shoot because of its solitude and reclusiveness.  I captured this shot with my Nikon D40 mounted on a tripod using my Tokina 11 - 16 mm lens.  The camera was tethered to my laptop and multiple shots were captured using Camera Control 5.2.  I love this software for multiple reasons: it supports my camera, does tethered shooting, time lapse, and exposure bracketing.  Did i also mention it's free?  Ok so back to the picture, I took multiple exposures and I've tested both Photomatix and Dynamic HDR but haven't yet committed to purchasing HDR software yet so I decided to combine my multiple shots in Photoshop.  I combined 5 different exposures using layer masks and digital neutral density filters to create this shot and was very pleased with how it turned out.


  1. Love this. Love how the yellow catches my eye. Good leading lines. :)

  2. Thanks Bea! I wish I had taken this shot when that Leading Lines contest was going on.


Join the conversation but please, let's keep it clean and friendly. :)