Into the wormhole

Here’s a classic wormhole shot taken from the first train of the subway in Toronto. While many photographers love to do this with their mobile phone, I had a chance to do this with my Nikon D800 a while back. It’s a simple photo but because of the fast motion going through the curved tunnel, it makes for a great effect.

Nikon D800, 1.0 sec., f/3.2, 24mm, ISO 400
Nikon D800, 1.0 sec., f/3.2, 24mm, ISO 400

On the left you can still see a faint reflection from the lights behind me, and on the right, you can see a little bit of the yellow sign, left there from the early part of this long exposure.

How does one do this?

Make sure to go to the very front of the subway train. Put your camera up against the window. Hold it steady and do a long exposure of about 1 sec. so that you won’t blow away any of the highlights, and you still maintain the details of the tracks below. That’s really all there is to it.

Enjoy your next subway ride!

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