|In the heat of the day|
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Total time between the steel: About 4 seconds. I'm pretty sure I wasn't in any more mortal danger than I was when, say, riding my bike on a London-area road. I'll let you know if Canadian Pacific sends a lawyer's letter my way.
Safety concerns aside, I wanted to take this shot - if you're familiar with London, it's taken looking west from the intersection of St. George and Piccadilly - because it was a baking-hot day, and that does delightful things to the air just above ground level, especially on hard, gravel or otherwise industrialized surfaces. It doesn't get more industrialized than a railbed, so I planned the moment and took a chance. And the shot.
It was so worth it.
Your turn: Do you ever push the bounds a bit - safety, taste or otherwise - when you're shooting pictures?
Absolutely - when I was young. It's a problem with perception; when you're looking at a scene on the ground glass, you're emotionally removed from actually being in the scene; akin to watching the landscape through a picture frame. Robert Pirsig wrote at length about it in 'Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
For me, it was, 'I want to get a shot of that 'gator on the golf course; with the camera to my eye, how close can I get to it before it lunges?'
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