I've tried a few times to get this photo exactly the way I've pictured it, but usually something goes wrong. The shot I've always had in mind contained the following features: the Kentile Floors sign, the canal, moving clouds, a subway train streaking past, and the light trail of a single plane curving through the sky.
Just waiting for the F or G train to pass takes a bit of time, even when it's actually running on schedule. There's also one other element of the shot that has to be timed correctly. This photograph was taken from a bridge walkway on Carroll Street and the walkway vibrates like mad when cars pass over the bridge.
Last night I stood there waiting for the F or G train, trusting that a plane's flightpath would happen during the two minute exposure (it always does). When I heard the train I looked both ways to see if the lights were red at 3rd Avenue and Hoyt St to keep the cars from coming down Carroll Street and over the bridge. The lights were red.
I quickly opened the shutter and planned to wait two minutes before closing it. At 1 minute 20 seconds, the light at 3rd Avenue turned green. A car and a huge delivery truck started barreling down the street towards the bridge where I stood. The seconds ticked by on my phone timer, but not nearly fast enough. At 1 minute and 40 seconds I knew the vibration from the truck crossing would be messing up my shot in just a few more seconds. At 1:45 I closed the shutter and walked away.
It would have to be good enough.
You can click through for a larger version on Flickr.
Now that I look at it a little closer there is just a little too much black where the water meets the bushes. AND there are a few light trails from planes as opposed to the single one I wanted.
I'll be taking this same shot again soon.
Taken on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film in a Hasselblad 501cm camera. I developed the film in Kodak Xtol developer 1:1 solution at 20C for 10 minutes.