This week’s photo of the week came close to being binned. It really didn’t look like much before tonemapping, and even then, it’s technically imperfect. ‘Pixel Peepers’ would be horrified by the noise down in the bowls of this image, they’d also notice that the focus on the nose of the train is a little soft. Also, anyone can see that the motion blur is not as strong as it could be, and indeed, probably should be. Even after tonemapping, cropping, and quite a few tweaks in Aperture, I initially gave this image a low rating, three out of five to be precise. But, each time I scanned back through the project, the image kept jumping out at me. It kept grabbing my eye. First I increased it to 4 stars. Then, recently, 5 – my threshold for consideration for Photo of the Week.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the image to figure out why it kept catching my eye. I’ve figured out at least some of the things I like about it. The most obvious one being, it has a train in it! I also love reflections, so that’s a definite second reason. I also love the soft evening light, it really makes for great photos, but in this case it took tonemapping to bring out that wonderful light. Finally, I’ve always had a thing for panoramic crops.

Commuter Reflections
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  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Lens: Nikon DX AFS 18-55mm (D40 kit lens)
  • Exposure: 1/50 sec
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/18
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera Mode: Shutter Priority
  • Processing: Generated by tonemapping a single RAW file in Photomatix Pro.