In these times of high gas prices, this young woman found a way to beat those costs by using Washington, DC’s Metro System. By using her bike to get back and forth to the Metro, she gets some exercise and doesn’t add pollutants to the atmosphere. This station is located in the Foggy Bottom District.
If you have read the book by Joe McNally called The Moment It Clicks (if you haven’t, you should), you’ll appreciate the story behind this photograph. I wanted to get a speed shot of one of the Metro trains entering a station using a slow shutter speed to show movement. I found a pole to lean against, took some test shots to make sure I had a good exposure and proper white balance set and put my trust in the Nikon 18-200mm VR Zoom lens as I didn’t have a tripod with me. A minute before a train arrives, the round red lights on the platform’s edge begin to blink slowly (you can see them reflecting off the train’s hull in the photo). Just as they began to blink, this woman with her bike walked into my camera’s field of view and stood still. I had to revise my time to shoot slightly to get the front of the train emerging to her left. I couldn’t believe my luck as I think she made a good photo into an excellent one.