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Shinkansen Views…

by on Dec.02, 2016, under Life, Photography

Today we were travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto by Shinkansen. Operated by Japan Railways (JR) these high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen (新幹線). The network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country’s major cities across the islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido.

Shinkansen Views

Shinkansen Views

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 52 mm, 1/2000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

The shinkansen is known for punctuality (most trains depart on time to the second), comfort (relatively silent cars with spacious, always forward facing seats), safety (no fatal accidents in it’s history) and efficiency.

Travelling along at speeds up to 320 km/h I wasn’t really expecting to take many usable shots. The foreground flies by in a blur even to the naked eye, let alone through the viewfinder. Even the background passes you by very quickly.

Pushing the shutter to very fast speeds was the call of the day. Which meant pushing the ISO as well to maintain such a fast speed.

Every now and then you managed a decent shot out the window as above.

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