Images & Observations

Steel Rails

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 50mm ISO 200 3-bkts f5.6 Lr3, HEP1; CEP3

Strong and enduring, picture a freight train comprised of steel and other materials and weighing anywhere from 5,000,000 pounds to 40,000,000 pounds traveling on these rails at 80 miles per hour.  Judy and I were on the concrete platform somewhere between 48 and 72 inches from the rails as a fast freight train came up on us much quicker than we anticipated .  The sound was deafening, and we were being whipped by winds caused by the steel behemoth crashing through the air next to us; the vibrations coming up to my butt in the wheel chair.  It was a long train, it seemed like a frightening eternity as that train barreled past us.  We will be giving trains and tracks a wide berth in the future.

After initial raw processing and HDR conversion with Lightroom and HDR Efex Pro I used both Color Efex Pro and Lightroom to adjust color and contrast and selectively lighten and darken various areas of the image.  Final sharpening, noise reduction and vignetting in Lightroom.

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20 responses

  1. ken bello

    At least you got a great photo for the experience. Worth it? I’ll guess yes.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. Judy told me afterwards, “let’s never do that again”.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM

  2. Great details. 🙂

    May 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    • Thanks, Kristi. It took a little work in post processing, but I think worth it.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM

  3. wow that is one rustic shot. nice processing.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sathya, I really appreciate it.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:59 AM

  4. cool shot Wayne, I like how you can make out the letters and numbers on the rail, well done!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM

  5. Thanks, Jim, making the lettering stand out was one of my objectives. I think it tells a little bit of the story about the origin of the rails.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

  6. A I can make out from those letters is Nippon, which as far as I know doesn’t have any other meanings than “Japan”. Surely this steel wasn’t shipped from Japan?

    Anyways, nice shot.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:56 AM

  7. Thanks for the comment, David. Since you are on the ground in Japan, I will defer to your knowledge of all things Japanese. I do think, though, that it is possible old steel is shipped from the U.S. to Japan to be recycled and then shipped back.

    May 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    • You’re probably right. The word just jumped out at me 🙂

      May 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM

  8. wonderful description – and image Wayne!

    May 15, 2011 at 7:17 AM

  9. Thanks, Sheila, we were sort of frozen in place, the sensation of the passing train was so impact full I think we were both afraid that if we moved, it would be in the wrong direction.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:28 AM

  10. I really like the processing and texture of this one. It just kind of glows. Well done!

    May 17, 2011 at 7:53 AM

  11. Thanks, Ryan. I took a little time, but I think worth the effort too.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

  12. Your post processing work has breathed a vibrancy and life into this frame that is so appealing. Stunning detail and I can almost feel the presence of the freight train as I view the image.

    May 29, 2011 at 1:54 AM

  13. Thanks, Paul. I’ve been viewing your images and the single word that comes to mind when I think of that body of work is “purity”, of composition, and of the image capture and processing.

    May 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM

  14. This is very nice, Wayne. Love to color and texture of the steel rails.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

  15. Thanks, Leighton

    August 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

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