The train

Venue: Milano, Forlanini

Camera & Lens: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Music: Articolo 31 – Milano Milano (

From this weekend I decided to add a new category in my blog – single photos. This way I can share some photos that do not really belong to a longer post, while in the same time I find worthy of a bit longer description.

The photo I chose to start this category with, “The train”, is one of my best photos from my pre-DSLR era. My passion for photography started with my compact Panasonic Lumix camera when I was still living in Milano, Italy. It was actually taken in the beginning of summer 2015, on a hot Saturday afternoon in the outskirts of the city. I used to bike in the weekends to a park near my house, passing by a bridge over the railways close to Forlanini train station (and a bit further from the Linate airport). I bet you don’t immediately recognize that the photo was taken in bright sunlight, but the settings are clear (if you know how to read them) – the f stop was 5.6, with shutter speed 1/640 seconds and ISO100, strongly implying that the light was intense. However, I found the colors of the freight train very peculiar and thought I’d accentuate them on Photoshop by increasing the contrast and decreasing the exposure, making the background dark artificially. I usually don’t like messing with the photos so much and using Photoshop to bend reality, but in this particular case I quite like the final image, and thought it’s worth sharing its story. It also has a sentimental side for me as a memory from one of my last weekends in Milano, which is never easy to leave as explained in the song (for those of you who know Italian).

Stay tuned for my future single-photo weekends!

18 thoughts on “The train

      1. I feel photography skills always take precedence over the equipment. Owning a Rolls Royce is no guarantee of good driving skills! Better equipment enhances your ability! πŸ™‚

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  1. While I know nothing about photography, I respect those who do because it takes a lot of work and dedication. Also, because I know a good photo when I see one because it speaks to me as a writer. This photo of the trains speaks to me. It tells me a story and for that, I thank you. Keep up the good work!

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  2. There is something ethereal and alluring in hearing the roll of the wheels and screeching on the tracks in the distance and the sound of the horn. It’s like a siren is calling us to new adventures and possibilities. The colors really make the photo. I think capturing the train with no front or rear(no beginning or end) is thought provoking on many levels. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.

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