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Tracks into Mist

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 15 January 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The north edge Jack London Square - Oakland, California

After playing with the freight trains in the darkness - I went and found a cup of hot coffee (I still haven't found the box hiding my coffee maker). From the coffee cafe - I drove out to the shipping berths of Oakland middle harbor. It was too foggy to see anything - so I returned to the neighborhood. By now it was daylight but the fog persisted.

These are the tracks just beyond the commercial area near my home. The tracks here lead on to Sacramento and eventually - Chicago. More immediately - just beyond this point, the tracks enter the secured area of the Port of Oakland. One of the nation's largest and most up-to-date containerized port facilities.

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

This shot has some depressive "qualities" :-) Those lines leading into the fog... Philosophy on friday mornings... ;-)

15 Jan 2010 6:04am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

What, you weren't mugged? ... just kidding. I was born in Oakland though we lived in Bezerkely at the time. But enough about me.

This is a wonderful image and one I bet I would never have thought to shoot. Nice eye.

15 Jan 2010 6:19am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very moody, cool

15 Jan 2010 6:23am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

l'ambiance est encore plus palpable lorsque, comme ici, on ne voit aucune lumière, aucun train, juste des rails conduisant vers l'infini

15 Jan 2010 6:52am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Wonderful work Stephen. Doesn't mist and fog make for fantastic photos!

15 Jan 2010 7:02am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool, love the fog and those posts (or what)

15 Jan 2010 12:07pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I need more practice with mist and fog, we don't seem to get enough of it here, love the way the lines just disappear into an oblivion.

15 Jan 2010 12:50pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. You've dispelled a myth that everywhere in the UK gets unending fog and rain. The thing that most struck me about this image, hit me as I was considering producing it in B&W. All of the colors are either brown or gray to black. After I noticed this - the monochrome seemed unthinkable.

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

A good shot!

15 Jan 2010 3:23pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I'm glad you circled back to show the daytime view with that same fog. You really span the bridge of emotions inspired by these photos in having done both night and day.

15 Jan 2010 4:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like those lines made by the tracks. Cool foggy atmosphere.

15 Jan 2010 6:10pm

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

like a scene out of Thomas the tank engine ... :) nice shot

15 Jan 2010 6:49pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I really like this. The fog adds so much to the scene.

15 Jan 2010 7:18pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nicely done Stephen and great advice about mono converting fog.

15 Jan 2010 7:51pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

The subdued beige is a nice counterpoint to the inky blacks. best...jerry

15 Jan 2010 9:09pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Love the foggy atmosphere.....always makes for more dramatic shots!!!

16 Jan 2010 2:17am

Laurent from Lyon, France

Lovely moody shot.
Like the two days earlier shot, I like alsothe symmetric framing

16 Jan 2010 9:48pm