The Palmdale line stops in Santa Clarita every 30 minutes or so, starting at 5:50 am. That means you have only a few seconds to try to get a long exposure shot right. 30 minutes later the light will be different, wrong even. I just made it in time to get my tripod set for this 6:21 am train. I’m not sure this is “right,” but it’s the shot I got.

If there are multiple photos in this post, the following EXIF data is for the first photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 24 December, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 8s


  1. Many of my photos are built around twilight… it is a 15-20 minute window

  2. Yeah, me too. This particular train station, if you want to shoot an actual train moving, is even tighter.

  3. With a 30 minute frequency, you really only have 1 shot … maybe.

    With all the apps I have, this is the site use most

    Here’s to a spectacular 2020!

  4. And the one I use the most is this: (combined with Skyfire)

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