When you're using a zoom lens, it changes the camera's view of the world - what you see is not necessarily what it sees anymore. Sure, it brings what's far away into a clearer focus, but it likewise distorts what's nearer at hand. The National Post had trouble grasping this concept back in 2009 when the streetcar right-of-way on St. Clair Avenue West was set to open. It's the same way a 134 foot long train can look barely bigger than the average bus depending on what angle you're looking at it from.
With all that in mind - I took this shot from the railfan seat at the front of a Mark I SkyTrain last week, on one of those exceptionally rare nice winter days. If I recall correctly, this section of track is just past Nanaimo Station, and despite appearances, TransLink has yet to convert the SkyTrain into a roller coaster. To normal human eyes, that descent is so smooth and gradual it's difficult to even notice.
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