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Taken in Oakland near where I live at a local yard around 2 AM. I estimated about 85 of these were being pulled by at the time. I did a mini series on this yard, and had to come back for more!







Jun 23, 2011 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · #455 Tank Cars


Cool shot, really like it! (and the B&W works really well).

I would consider cloning out the hard shadow in the bottom left though?



Jun 23, 2011 at 08:55 PM
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ramorak wrote:
Cool shot, really like it! (and the B&W works really well).

I would consider cloning out the hard shadow in the bottom left though?


Done, and done! Yeah that bugged me down there, mostly due to the fact that it was a shadow from my friend standing and getting some shots as well. That's what I get for 2AM shots!



Jun 23, 2011 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · #455 Tank Cars


Nice shot! Composition and B&W conversion is excellent. It's got a gritty street/industrial feel to ti.

I like the leading lines and also the motion blur in the foreground cars.



Jun 23, 2011 at 09:23 PM
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Namlak wrote:
Nice shot! Composition and B&W conversion is excellent. It's got a gritty street/industrial feel to ti.

I like the leading lines and also the motion blur in the foreground cars.


Thank you! I'd say the stock was rolling along at about 15 MPH, maybe slightly less. I had a couple other shots where my head was about a foot away from the cars, but couldn't get anything wide-angle since I only had my 70-200. This was the next best option given the lens I had. Comp and conversion was done for that gritty feel, which is how Oakland looks at night Glad it came out!



Jun 23, 2011 at 09:29 PM
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Nice shot wish we had some tankers here all we get are timber cars here. I too like the B&W conversion and the gritty industrial feel with the motion blur and your leading line really makes this shot for me. Your also a brave man to be out in Oakland at 2am taking pictures.


Jun 24, 2011 at 12:40 AM
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Oregon Guy wrote:
Nice shot wish we had some tankers here all we get are timber cars here. I too like the B&W conversion and the gritty industrial feel with the motion blur and your leading line really makes this shot for me. Your also a brave man to be out in Oakland at 2am taking pictures.


Thanks! Timber cars would be awesome! Assuming their full that is. A lot of good mountain grit there. If they are logging any redwoods up north still, that would make for a great shot to punch the color of those trees. Anyway, I'm rambling. Yeah Oakland has it's moments of no crime, but it helped that I was in a pretty secure area for getting this shot.



Jun 24, 2011 at 12:44 AM
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I really like this image. I would have thought that it was taken in the UK as the D on the sign would tell our train drivers that it's dark, or maybe daylight. Our drivers get so confused.


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · #455 Tank Cars


Like your choice of subject and have to agree about the processing. Well done.


Jun 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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Very well done. As the others have said, I like the composition and the processing. Thsi should do well in the voting I would think.


Jun 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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Pete, Oregon Gal, and Mark, thank you for the kinds words!


Jun 27, 2011 at 09:58 PM
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Definitely stands out from the rest of the pack...


Jun 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM
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Diggin' the comp ... the curve makes a nice departure from 'infinity'.


Jun 28, 2011 at 02:38 PM
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Very nice! It looks moonlit to me, not sure why. What was the light situation there?


Jun 28, 2011 at 06:45 PM
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Thanks guys. No moonlight in this shot. There were about a half dozen large flood lights in the yard, two of which you can see on the left of the frame. Where I was standing, there was an orange phosphorus light. That was about it. I think when this comp is over, I'll post the original so people can see what it was like out of the camera.


Jun 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM
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This reminds me of counting the cars while waiting at crossings as a kid, if you could keep count with some of those looooong trains that is. Repetition indeed! Good luck,
David



Jul 01, 2011 at 01:34 AM





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