Grantville Trolley Station

deserted trolley stationI’m not going to lie and say that all the photos I take are my own original ideas, because they are not. I find inspiration by looking at other photographers and the works that they create. Sometimes I like to recreate them or put my own twist on them. And that is how I ended up at the Grantville trolley station.

Why in the world would I go to the trolley station if I wasn’t going to take the trolley. One night I was scrolling through my instagram feed and saw a photo that I became absolutely in love with, a long exposure of a trolley driving by with cars driving on the freeway below. It was by a photographer that was San Diego based, and I knew exactly where the location was. I drive the 8 freeway to school 5 days a week, and pass by the trolley station each and every time.

trolley stop

trolley movingOne night I was hanging out with my friend Maddie, who was soon to be moving up to San Luis Obispo. She has always been a great supporter of my work and I told her about the shot that I wanted to recreate. We drove to the Grantville Trolley Station at about 9pm. We parked and walked up a few flights of stairs to make it up to the actual trolley station. It was deserted; we were the only ones there. We took advantage of this and took a bunch of random, funny photos on the tracks to kill time before the trolleys passed by.

maddie and madalyn

About 5 minutes before the trolley was going to arrive, I set my camera up in the designated spot on top of the staircase to get ready. Beforehand I took some test shots to decide on a composition that I liked the most. I wasn’t sure as to how long the exposure should be but I set it at 20 seconds and hoped it would be good enough. As I saw the trolley approaching from the east, it turned the corner and I pressed the shutter release and just waited for my camera to take all the information in. About 40 seconds later, the photo showed up on the screen and I was ecstatic! I loved how the photo came out and could not be any happier. It was just how I wanted it to appear.

trolley at nightIt’s times like these when I really appreciate photography and the joy that it brings me. To have someone that appreciates photography as much as I do with me was a plus to my night. It was a feeling I could share with someone that was just as passionate as I was.