Compressed Train Arrival

Train Arrival - Osaka, Japan

Train Arrival – Osaka, Japan

I have to admit, I was photographically nerding out during this summer’s trip to Japan. I like public transportation, especially trains, and I took a lot of pictures of the mundane. Like yesterday, when I featured fluorescent chandeliers, in a train station.

Today’s photo is just a standard commuter train entering a station, but there’s a bit more to it. There’s some telephoto lens manipulation involved, creating a distortion that you may or may not notice. This is an example of extreme compression, which happens when you use a long focal length — 270mm equivalent in this example.

What looks like a nearby train is actually still towards the entrance. The telephoto compresses the space between me and the train and everything else in the frame. An apparently crowded station, actually isn’t. All of the people, separated by some distance, had their spaces compressed to make them appear like they are standing shoulder to shoulder.

An example of fun photographic experimentation with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Olympus 14-150mm travel zoom lens.


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