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Train Through the Fog

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 13 January 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Jack London Square - Oakland, California

I was out the door before 7 AM on Sunday - headed toward my office in San Francisco, when...

Whistle blowing - a train - coming straight on. I am about to be surprised - drawn by the whistle and the fog and seeing people heading for the station with their baggage. I'd assumed we had a passenger train that would make the stop at the station just ahead to the left.

Freight trains don't stop and this one had me kinda' shooting and moving away quickly. We'll see the freight roll through tomorrow...

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ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

In the sodium glow! Heading to the office on Sunday? best...jerry

13 Jan 2010 5:20am

@ordinaryimages: I've missed more than a month of work with the move and have clients screaming for their images. I fear I'll be indentured 8 days a week for the foreseeable future. (I am not complaining - and grateful for the work)

Mirko Herzner from Germany

You know that I am a huge fan of your occasional railroad images. This one is no exception. Wonderful mood here.

13 Jan 2010 6:05am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Scary stuff - what we won't do to get a photo! This was worth the effort, though!

13 Jan 2010 6:27am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very moody image, nice one

13 Jan 2010 6:27am

Laurent from Lyon, France

lovely mood with this light through the fog. I like also symmetric composition, playing with the rail roads

13 Jan 2010 6:47am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool shot
but tell me you didn't shoot it on a tripod :)

13 Jan 2010 7:37am

@yz: Sorry yz - no can do. It was shot atop my trusty Manfrotto. Thanks.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

superb ambiance, colours and idea

13 Jan 2010 10:21am

jpdm from Pignans, France

so great railroad pic in fog, have to wake up early to catch such a special ambiance, i love it, 5*

13 Jan 2010 11:14am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Almost mysterious, almost magical. I really like how the lighting stretches down the track warming it. The fog I think helped carry the illumination. Well done.

13 Jan 2010 2:56pm

alex centrella from California, United States

i am a favorite of fog images,,,,this is a wow...perfect timeing !

13 Jan 2010 3:43pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Greta mood. BEautiful compo .

13 Jan 2010 4:29pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Incredible and beautiful image! I wonder if the train is coming!

13 Jan 2010 4:40pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

This realy oozes that early morning feeling !! I´d love to see a shot of you jumping spritely and light footed to one side as the train rumbled on by :-)

13 Jan 2010 5:59pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Hang in there Anthony - your wish shall be granted in a matter of hours... (and thanks)

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot Stephen, I hear the train blowing its horns, and even with impending danger you say... just one more shot... and another.

13 Jan 2010 6:03pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the light piercing through the fog - glad you got out of the way!!......I can almost hear the train in the fog.....

13 Jan 2010 6:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very cool atmosphere in this fine shot.

13 Jan 2010 6:37pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fabulous atmospheric!

13 Jan 2010 6:57pm

David from Detroit, United States

The thick atmosphere is the first thing that I noticed, but the subtle colors really anchor this photo. Excellent early-morning light.

13 Jan 2010 11:27pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Stephen, this is such a beautiful shot with a wonderful cinematic feel... still and dynamic, charming morning fog and air of tension... your perspective, composition and rendering are just perfect! One of my recent favourites!!!

14 Jan 2010 12:19am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wonderful shot, and I really don't know if I'd have the nerve to stand where you were, with that train matter how far it was!!!

14 Jan 2010 1:05am

Olivier from Belgium

it's dangerous position!
but it's a great shot!

14 Jan 2010 1:07am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great shot! This scares the heck out of me!!

14 Jan 2010 2:15am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

OMG, did the train kill you ? :)

14 Jan 2010 4:52am

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Wow, this is a truly nifty, "swifty" and downright scary shot. Glad you came out of it victoriously! :-)

14 Jan 2010 7:16pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good moment and ambience, but a dangerous one, don't be so playful :)

17 Jan 2010 9:10am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Be careful around trains!!!! My goodness! Bad boy! lol
Well, the image is incredible but don't do this again! ;))

18 Jan 2010 7:28am

@Magda: Sorry, Magda - I was at it again yesterday. You can't keep me off those rails. I promise to stay alert and take care. I'm deeply touched by your concern (even if you were lol).