I’ve always felt that tramways lend a distinctive character to any city, and Tallinn is no exception.
It’s been a few years since I visited Tallinn and, frankly, most of my memories of the place are now reliant on the photos I made. One thing I do remember, even without looking at my photos, is being surprised by the astounding variety in tram decorations, which came in all sorts of colourful designs.
So much so that one afternoon I headed for one of Tallinn’s largest roads and spent a good while watching the trams go by and trying to get some photos.
I wanted to convey a sense of movement by capturing the trams against a blurry background. To do that, you need to pre-focus, set a low-ish shutter speed and follow the tram with a sweeping motion as it moves across the scene.
It took me a while to find the right speed for my sweeping motion to match that of the trams, but in the end I managed a few nice shots like this one. I quite like how the navy soldiers in the tram add some interest to the image.
What do you guys think?