This photo was taken through a window on the TGV (Train à Grand Vitesse / High Speed Train) on a trip between Paris and Frankfurt, less than two weeks ago. This picture was taken exactly here, passing the motorway A 31, Autoroute Lorraine-Bourgogne.
The train departed from Gare de l´Est in Paris at 09:10, on time. This picture was taken 70 minutes later. The speed of the train at this moment was around 318 km/h, equal to 88 m/sec.
The train runs along the LGV Est (Ligne à Grande Vitesse) which currently connects Vaires-sur-Marne (near Paris) and Baudrecourt (near Metz and Nancy, another 7 minutes away from here). This part opened on June 10, 2007. In 2016 Vaires-sur-Marne will be connected with Vendenheim (near Strasbourg). 106 km is still under construction, while 300 km is in service.
After Baudrecourt we followed “ordinary” tracks to Germany, making the first stop, since Paris, in Saarbrücken. We arrived (on time) to Frankfurt(Main) Hauptbahnhof at 12:58.
The photo was taken with an exposure time of 0/636 seconds so the train moved about 14 centimeters while the picture was exposed.
If you notice some “grain” in the picture, please blame the window cleaners…
There are some other pictures as workshops but it is difficult to say exactly where those were taken.
Large version here!
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mrichat (1755) 2013-10-10 6:42
a nice highway view.Obviously a great gain from a running train. A nice pic to see.
Thanks for sharing.
Oceania (5202) 2013-10-10 7:11
You set your camera shutter speed according to the train speed? The picture is not blurred. That means, you had a successful calculation.
This part of France is so different from Paris. Thanks for sharing.
papagolf21 (108031) 2013-10-10 8:05
Bonjour, cher Günnar,
Sur la route toute la sainte journée ! Bel effet de perspective sur ces voies qui semblent rejoindre l'infini.
Très bon cadrage général.
rychem (41630) 2013-10-10 8:06
Bravo! Very nice high POV, excellent composition, great depth and beautiful colors
pajaran (65070) 2013-10-10 9:33
Interesantan tekst o vozovima, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled iz voza na auto-put koji nas vodi tamo daleko u nepoznato ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Lepa priroda i auto-put.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the train, with the given data ...
Nice view from the train on the highway that takes us far away into the unknown ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and time shown, beautiful colors.
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop.
Beautiful nature and a highway.
Good evening and all the best.
holmertz (58256) 2013-10-10 10:07
Med tanke på den 14 cm långa förskjutningen är ju skärpan rätt bra. Den håller till och med i stora versionen. Ljuset och lystern i bilden är imponerande med tanke på att det var ett skitigt fönster framför kameran. Oktobervädret var också bra och motorvägen gör en väldigt elegant lätt böj genom terrängen. Det ser ut att ha varit en intressant tågresa.
ourania (50573) 2013-10-10 11:04
a perfectly timed capture, your composition is well arranged and seems like planned and executed with care and consideration. The elevated point of view is superb, the view is deep, clear and interesting. The moving vehicles are well defined and add interesting scenes to the broad frame. Amazing that you were moving at 318KM/h yourself at the time of capture; the trip on the TGV must have been a fascinating experience! "Somewhere else" and "another place" look lovely and interesting too:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
rbassin (24279) 2013-10-10 11:09
une photo simple mais très agréable et intéressante.
Vu la vitesse du TGV au moment de la photo, le résultat est saisissant, bravo!
ktanska (29017) 2013-10-10 11:28
I wondered for a moment where the train was, until I noticed the slight motion blur in the foreground! Good viewpoint on the open French countryside. Good, almost square framing. Yes there's some slight spots on the sky but they don't matter. Train windows in Finland are always dirty, by the way.
Fis2 (105140) 2013-10-10 12:12
Good frame and perspective.
Excellent colors and light.
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-10-10 14:19
I have often had the frustration of wanting to clean the windows of a train! But here, I see no obvious problems.
I enjoy the high POV of this shot. I see large highways like this frequently, but always from the driver's seat!
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-10-10 14:48
Beautiful landscape! I was wondering about how the picture was taken, you did a wonderful job considering you were going very fast and shooting through a glass window. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-10-10 21:02
Hello Gunnar, a fantastic shot taken from the TGV, when you're inside you don't feel the speed but from the outside is looks how fast is going...great job and great colors!!
all the best
Royaldevon (42533) 2013-10-11 1:44
Good Morning Gunnar,
An interesting project and, probably quite exciting, to take a photograph whilst travelling at such a speed. Your excellent quality photograph speaks much of your skill and of the smoothness of the train. It really is amazing that you have not only got a sharp photograph but one that is so well composed!
Nicou (149788) 2013-10-11 7:13
quelle vue sur cette autoroute sueprbe compo et immensité très beau captage dans la courbe avec les beaux champs qui l'entourent sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
photoray (13981) 2013-10-11 8:33
I was intrigued by your title "Grand Vitesse" when it showed a divided highway. Then how you obtained an elevated view, which I figured out when you said it was taken from the window of the TGV, meaning the track was elevated here to cross the highway.
In California the voters approved bonds to fund the construction of high speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles, approximately 400 miles in length.
Unfortunately this popular project is doomed to ever be built due to corruption funneling the money to popular contractors and consultants who make millions to do studies and reports, and so far, not one mile of high speed has been built. I am a retired Rail Division analyst for the California Department of Transportation and very knowledgeable about the unethical practices. Capitalism at its finest?
kato (11630) 2013-10-11 8:53
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the spectacle with highway and green field seen from train. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination.
Didi (60590) 2013-10-11 9:09
I was searching where was the train :)
You have catched the view very fast with a good frame quality. Good decisive moment
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-11 10:37
sembra impossibile pensare che un'autostrada possa diventare il soggetto di una bella foto di paesaggio ed eppure con questa tua ripresa tu smentisci questa credenza.
Sarà per la scelta di un particolare punto di ripresa, fatto sta che per le linee che guidano verso l'orizzone, la campagna interrotta dalle due strisce d'asfalto ed il contrasto dei colori, la composizione appare eccellente e la foto molto piacevole nel suo complesso.
Ottima l'illuminazione , il contrasto e la resa del colore.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
larsy (28) 2013-10-12 12:31
fantastiskt att du kan få sådan skärpa när du tar kortet från ett tåg i rörelse.
Graal (103038) 2013-10-13 7:55
good shot during the travel by train. Interesting landscape here and in WS. Fine light and colors. Very nice large version. Good presentation.
Have a nice evening.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-10-13 9:46
very nice p.o.v. good d.o.f. and details.
mvdisco (17796) 2013-10-13 12:30
Hi Gunnar, Bonjour,
Very nice perpective of this Highyway
Nice POV and DoF. well presented ans composed,
great details and tone of colors and light,
boa (7543) 2013-10-13 14:24
jag brukar också fota genom fönster ibland, det händer ju att det dyker upp nåt intressant när man inte har möjlighet att stanna. Jag tycker att du har lyckats utmärkt här, skarpt med fina färger och utan reflexer från fönstret som det ju ofta blir. Härligt djup i bilden, motorvägen leder blicken ända till horisonten. Snyggt!
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-10-14 1:57
It's a good record shot taken from a moving train displaying the motorway below. It's about long perspective, depth on vast open landscape full of good colours to add interest and the lovely play of side warm light and shadows. Well done, TFS
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-14 2:21
namaste Gunnar, a nice view. Great perspective. Lovely colours. Excellent picture quality. Superb shot. Tfs.
jhm (158904) 2013-10-14 4:58
A perfectly timed capture, your composition is well arranged and seems like planned and executed with care and consideration has made.
Also your two other pictures are in the same quality, I see very few of the grain on the glass.
It really is amazing that you have not only got a sharp photograph but one that is so well composed.
Wonderful picture, TFS.
bartekp (4746) 2013-10-14 14:12
Superb idea and very good shot like through a window on the TGV.
I always play with a camera in train, too :-)
Have a nice evening
claudeD (41246) 2013-10-15 11:02
Very fine contribution to TE with an excellent composition and fine sharpness. I like your very interesting note which is really informative. Very good fotojob.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mcmtanyel (27994) 2013-10-15 13:22
I think the window cleaners that worked on this train need to be congratulated for their fine work, I don't see any noise, not even a whisper! What I see, on the other hand, I like: A nice highway stretching as far as the eye can see, dividing a green and harvest colored plain into two and leading the viewer's eyes to the distant forested area. Well seen and rendered.
ChrisJ (117201) 2013-10-15 17:45
A good high pov (presumably from a bridge) of the freeway. I like the shallow fg dof. Excellent sharpness in the mid distance and bg and the roads provide fine lead in lines and diminishing linear perspective and vanishing point. Well composed using the rule of thirds with the horizon positioned at the 1/3 axis. Tfs!
UlfE (14641) 2013-10-20 0:07
En motorväg är kanske inte den vanligaste av resefoton, men med din bild visar du vad man kan åstadkomma med en perfekt komposition. Att du låter den svagt svängande motorvägen börja i nedre högra hörnet och att den försvinner i fjärran ger en oerhört dynamik åt bilden, man kan riktigt känna hur bilarna till vänster närmar sig i hög fart och att långtradarna till höger snart är utom synhåll. Ha en bra söndag!
Cricri (124848) 2013-10-20 2:14
C'est ce qui s'appelle un déclenchement rapide , d'une netteté et d'un cadrage tout a fait excellent, compliment
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37966)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 6:28