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Gold Rails: I Resolve to Keep On Track to A Brighter Financial Future
1st PlaceGold Rails: I Resolve to Keep On Track to A Brighter Financial Future

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: New Year's Resolution II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Davenport
Date: Jan 6, 2004
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2004

The rails turned gold from a light surface rust caused by the recent rains. They'll turn silver again after the next train comes down these infrequently used rails.

Place: 1 out of 169
Avg (all users): 7.3648
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 6.9479
Avg (non-participants): 7.6569
Views since voting: 6928
Votes: 233
Comments: 59
Favorites: 29 (view)

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12/27/2006 04:15:59 AM
second one i've viewed in your work ...
congrats on the blue ...
and another stunning shot ...
i'm certainly mixing with the best in this site ...
11/02/2006 10:34:41 AM
Very pleasing shot - the colors look "true" and lovely.
05/05/2006 11:05:11 AM
Wow, I'm shocked that this won. A somewhat interesting photograph because of the gold, but a very average and mundane other than that. Of course it obvious my tastes don't really coincide with this site :) Congrats anyway.
01/16/2004 05:42:55 PM
This is really amazing - I love everything about this shot.
01/16/2004 07:37:31 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, this is a great shot.
01/14/2004 06:41:10 PM
Great shot. Congratulations on a beautifully taken Photo.
01/14/2004 05:40:44 PM
I really like this shot. In an odd sort of way it takes me back...not forward, to when I was a kid, walking the tracks with my friends. All the way down to the surreal colors in the pic. It's awesome when a pic can spark a good memory. Thanks

Message edited by author 2004-01-14 17:44:13.
01/14/2004 05:13:36 PM
Thank you for all the comments and votes. I'm glad you liked the photo.

Byshen - Thanks, I actually figured you would have won. I figured with the way the scores were lining up I would be in the top five. Hoped anyway. There were three shots that I thought had a better chance.

Dieghos - Should look familiar, we took the Alta California land from you long ago. Sorry 'bout that. :)

Anastasia - Whewww... dodged a bullet there. I'm glad you get to keep your membership.

To everyone who thought it had a lame title... yep it did. Sorry 'bout that. The title did, however, kinda work with what I was going for.

Again, thanks everyone.
01/14/2004 05:06:12 PM
Nice eye! This is certainly a place to return to at certain times of the year or with certain skies! Congratulatinos on the ribbon!
01/14/2004 10:37:12 AM
Congrats on the win -- very cool picture.
01/14/2004 10:23:55 AM
Beautiful picture! Congrats on the win! This was the picture I was worried would beat my second place pic. ;)

01/14/2004 09:20:13 AM
Very nice shot. One of my few 10's in that challenge. The lighting is just awesome.
01/14/2004 08:29:17 AM
silence is golden, speech (noise?) is silver. :)

nice shot :) Congrats on the Ribbon!
01/14/2004 08:05:20 AM
Congrats, wonderful image.
01/14/2004 07:45:51 AM
Congrats Rusty - a well deserved ribbon - excellent shot!!! :-)
01/14/2004 12:31:38 AM
I dont know who the 3 people are who gave you 1's
This is a superb shot almost unreal Well done
01/14/2004 12:09:52 AM
Well done, beautiful image. Congratulations!
01/14/2004 12:04:22 AM
Congratulations! Very nice work.
01/14/2004 12:02:06 AM
Congrats! definitely a 10 from me.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/13/2004 09:26:06 PM
Excellent!!! I really like everything about this shot.
01/13/2004 11:02:51 AM
esto parece mi tierra natal.. zacatecas, zac. mexico.. buena foto =)
01/13/2004 07:20:57 AM
Interesting photo and way of expressing the idea.
01/13/2004 07:00:52 AM
The gold tracks are cool. Nice shot.
01/13/2004 06:23:43 AM
10, brilliant resolution
01/13/2004 03:34:30 AM
wonderful shot. beautiful colors and leading lines. 10
01/12/2004 10:53:40 PM
This is a favorite of mine. The composition, colors and focus is perfect. Good luck with the challenge.
01/12/2004 09:58:05 PM
Very original. Great color of the rails - very vibrent. Nice shot!
01/12/2004 04:52:02 PM
Sounds like a good resolution. I think the border is a great accent to the photo... very nice photo.
01/12/2004 04:24:06 PM
lighting and color are extraordinary
01/11/2004 11:11:05 PM
techincally aperfect shot, IMO. 9
01/11/2004 02:52:05 PM
Very satisfying capture of disuse in a rare solitary scape with apt composition and wonderful natural tones.

The title feels somewhat -fetched- considering there is little evidence of a materialistic perspective in the image. The exquisite disassociative ambiance brought out in this picture suggest (to me) higher and more transporting ideals than the one chosen for the present capture.

> 8
01/11/2004 07:51:38 AM
A classic shot, but, the gold rails make this a great shot. I'd love to know how you got the gold rails......
01/11/2004 05:17:18 AM
Excellent shot, excellent theme. deserves a ribbon.
01/10/2004 07:06:07 PM
Looks like the rust on that tracks turned into a golden opportunity for a picturet? Great picture!
01/10/2004 06:32:10 PM
This photo is stuning!
Love the perspective, love the composition.
The colors and the light in the rails are unbelieveble!!
What filter did you used?
01/10/2004 11:15:03 AM
Nice but couldn't see what was your New Year Resolution without reading the title.
01/10/2004 03:31:23 AM
This is beautiful! Great colors, and sharp as a tack!
01/09/2004 08:11:06 AM
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!! If this doesn't win I will stop my membership!!!!!!
01/08/2004 10:40:43 PM
Wow, beautiful, something out of a dream! 10
01/08/2004 09:48:43 PM
I like it. Good leading line. Interesting and attractive.
01/08/2004 06:25:50 PM
All you need is a rainbow (and a pot of gold) at the end of the tracks ;-)
Great lighting, interesting composition and fab sky. One of my favorites.
01/08/2004 06:13:39 PM
very good.
01/08/2004 05:47:32 PM
very nice. those tracks look golden...
01/08/2004 11:20:03 AM
Outstanding colouring, nearly surreal. Fine composition - background adds the interest that it would have lacked otherwise. Maybe a little more contrast needed in the foreground - but I'm nitpicking. A unique and very well executed variation of a cliche subject. Really good job. 9
01/08/2004 08:35:27 AM
The perspective is perfect, and the image/title meet the challenge better than most in this competition. Ribbon worthy!
01/08/2004 01:47:05 AM
Cool photo, needs a better title.
01/08/2004 01:26:45 AM
Wonderful shot..great perspective and lighting. Well done!
01/07/2004 07:30:17 PM
Beatutifully done!!!!! Love the tones and the perspective.
01/07/2004 12:40:57 PM
Is like a postcard!
01/07/2004 12:24:04 PM
10....the color and dof.....very interesting and pleasing to view. Great.
01/07/2004 12:08:30 PM
I like this shot. I tend to like high contrast shots and you got that here. You also managed to keep things close (plant at bottom) in focus as well as things far away. Nice shot.
01/07/2004 11:57:21 AM
Beautiful shot. Nice earth tone colors. The light on the horizon really seems to draw me right down the tracks.
01/07/2004 11:53:53 AM
I love this shot! It has great depth.
01/07/2004 11:42:15 AM
Wow, how nice and powerful image you had taken! You do a great job with this exposition, capturing the sky details and rail details perfectly. Congratulations. It´s very impressive.
01/07/2004 11:03:16 AM
Beautiful colors!
01/07/2004 09:31:17 AM
This is truly a beautiful shot...but the thick blocky border takes away from it in my opion. My vote 9 without border would have been a 10.
01/07/2004 02:45:05 AM
Good photo, maybe a wee tiny bit dark? Maybe try a lower perspective, get down on your knees (Or lower your tripod) Good effort though, like the gold looking rails. 7
01/07/2004 02:13:20 AM
Nice color and excellent composition.
01/07/2004 01:18:47 AM
Wow, this is just awesome.

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