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Through the night

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Challenge: Trains & Railroads II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Apr 10, 2009
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2009

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I want to confess. When I entered it I knew perfectly well that this photo stood no chance in the general ribbon race, but I was secretly hoping that its darkness and austere minimalism might catch Don's attention - and voila! I was right on both accounts :). Thank you Don, and thank you all for great comments! My favorite is "Interesting concept but it's a little dark". Only a little?! :).

Speaking of the composition, contrary to one of the comments I like the vast blackness surrounding the lights, cropping that out would do no good IMO. If anything I'd make the black field even bigger, but in this small 640px format it probably would not look good. Also, I'd prefer the middle light a bit higher, but that was the train I got, and I didn't want to wait for another one. Overall I am quite happy with this shot.

Place: 85 out of 168
Avg (all users): 5.2864
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 5.3134
Avg (non-participants): 5.2745
Views since voting: 1104
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 220
Comments: 18
Favorites: 5 (view)

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06/08/2013 04:52:39 AM
Brilliant. You command my admiration for your ability to create stunning visuals with the least amount of light and shade and forms and shapes. As a railway man's son I always had a fascination for trains and engines and this really is a staggering short that kindles nostalgia all the way back some 50 years! :)
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11/16/2011 08:47:27 AM
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So glad I did.
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10/08/2010 09:45:04 PM
I like it, and I'll bet it looks pretty cool in negative too. Thanks for the comment. This too was a worthy PH Red!
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01/18/2010 02:29:52 AM
I like this for the light on the tracks.
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04/22/2009 11:34:38 PM
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simple, direct, sublime...
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04/22/2009 12:55:51 AM
I'm honored to be this photograph's first fave. Amazing, isn't it, how we only require the slightest, most basic clues to imagine the entire scene beyond.
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04/22/2009 12:14:03 AM
This was my choice for "best in show", so I'm really puzzled by the low placement. Great shot, very creative.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2009 09:38:29 PM
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04/21/2009 02:23:37 PM
The essence of train. I give you a Posthumous Red Ribbon.

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04/20/2009 10:42:59 PM
This is too cool! very nice work worthy of a posthumous ribbon.
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04/20/2009 07:53:53 PM
Very interesting lights, i really like this photo
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04/19/2009 06:05:25 PM
A complete technical success with the highlights being right on the edge of overdone. The lens flare effect is also a plus with the light reflecting off the tracks. A little more effective crop concentrating on the image and lessening of the blank space would have positively affected the image from an artistic sense. A very unique and clever look at the challenge subject. Well one - could be a top ten if the image was a little more concentrated on the lights and their effects.
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04/18/2009 05:10:36 PM
Nicely done!
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04/17/2009 05:40:20 PM
Interesting concept but it's a little dark
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04/17/2009 12:13:12 AM
feels as if i'm right there in reality feeling the vibrations and the wind of train about to pass me by. phenomenal.
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04/16/2009 09:43:39 AM
I love this. So well done. I really hope you'll post your technique about this shot. Minimalism at its finest.
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04/15/2009 06:41:16 PM
I like the idea, but it somehow got lost in translation......
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04/15/2009 05:53:58 AM
Already voted, back to comment. This is probably not doing so well in the voting, but I love it!!! The simplicity of it speaks volumes. The lights are great with their flares and enough of the track is lit up to make it stand out. The composition is good and I like the low key feel. I love the artistic quality of this set up. 10
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