Back in the 1980's there was plenty to read aside from the ads, in fact, it seems that half the ad card holders on the trains were empty in those days. The real messages were painted inside and out of the cars; David Gunn's eradication program had yet to take effect, and anyone who enjoyed visual puzzles could conceivably ride the length of the A line and never read more than half the car.
Last week I was still assuming the persona of the engrossed technogeek, and with good reason: These cameras have more electronics than the subway trains of the 80's. But thanks to image stabilization, ISO 3200, nine-point autofocus, adjustable white balance and instant feedback, the results are worth showing right away, rather than waiting twenty-two years to resurface.
Of course, since I was still holding the camera in my lap, what's really apparent is my deficiency in the horizon department.