While waiting for my train at the Newark (NJ) International Airport Station on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, I pulled out my trusty Nokia Icon and made some images and videos.
As this was a business trip, I wasn’t traveling with a tripod. So, the pictures are fine, and the videos… well, a couple of them turned out well enough to share on the Laughing Frog Images YouTube Channel simply because they’re a little different.
Here’s the first one – Gone in 8 Seconds.
Why “Gone in 8 Seconds”?
Well, I had something different in mind when I shot this New Jersey Transit (NJT) train that’s carrying people home (or somewhere else) from Manhattan.
There are a lot of train videos out there that hold one camera position and allow you to see the entire train as it comes by. They’re usually a 3/4 angle view parallel to the tracks. And, there’s nothing wrong with that.
I looked to my left, and noticed the same guy was still sitting in the same seat waiting for his train. He’d look up when a train came by, but he wouldn’t turn his head, and his view was almost perpendicular to the tracks. So, the creative part of me said “hey – maybe there’s a different view that would make a different sort of video…”
When I saw the train coming, I framed up my shot and hit record when I could hear the train (not as simple as you think – they’re electric, and pretty quiet). My goal was to replicate his view – look at the train from a hard angle and watch it blow by the camera. Which it did. In about 8 seconds.
So, in case you ever wondered what it would be like to be sitting on a bench at the Newark International Airport train station and watch a train blow by you in about eight seconds, you now know what that’s like.
Enjoy, and thanks for looking!