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Rolling Out of The Sunset

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 February 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Eastbound Amtrak-California train rolling from the Bay Area towards Sacramento - along the shore of The Carquinez Strait.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

fantastic image, i really like this, the train going past is great

14 Feb 2011 6:27am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sheeeeesh . . this feels incredibly dangerous ! Amazing shot.

14 Feb 2011 8:43am

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

wooow, amazing shot,love the transparency of the train..a great shot!!

14 Feb 2011 9:33am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Whoosh, wow it looks like some speed!
Wonder what the shutter speed was, and how close you were to the train?

14 Feb 2011 11:08am

@Curly: Hey, Curly - I have some data for you. I was on the adjoining spur track - so probably 8 feet from the passing train. It is close enough to experience a pretty strong wind wall as she first goes by. This spur is used for storing unused rail cars. There is a de-railer attached to the track just ahead of me. That's what the purple circle with the large "D" is indicating.

Canon 5D w/ 70-200mm IS f/2.8 L lens: ISO 100 - at 70mm - f/11 - 5.0 seconds

yz from Budapest, Hungary

ouuuuuch, that was close :)

14 Feb 2011 11:23am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Even more beautiful than that of yesterday with this train which crosses such a ghost

14 Feb 2011 12:09pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

an outstanding photo!
perfect combination of speed and sun-set!

14 Feb 2011 1:12pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

An ghost train to the sun...excellent!

14 Feb 2011 1:33pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Superb capture !!!!!

14 Feb 2011 2:54pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fabulous movement and colours Stephen!

14 Feb 2011 8:57pm

Ashkan from kerman, Iran

wow Its awesome
I really like it...

14 Feb 2011 8:58pm

David from Detroit, United States

Great shot! The movement blur is excellent.

14 Feb 2011 10:11pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Love it - great whoosh of movement!

14 Feb 2011 11:58pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow! I am curious about how you got such a long exposure without any blur from the train vibrating the camera? Great capture.

15 Feb 2011 12:35am

@Ralph Jones: Hey Ralph - this is a very busy section of Union Pacific track - in addition to a lot of freight heading in and out of The Port of Oakland's container facility - 18 passenger trains roll through here daily. The rail bed is very well built and maintained - plus the passenger trains are relatively light and well dampened for shock. The bigger problem is wind off the locomotive. I add weight to the tripod and put extra spread on the legs.

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Great capture of the speed...
Love the colours and perspective...

15 Feb 2011 4:13am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

That was close!! Woosh! My first thought was that you were too brave to be that close and perhaps on top of the parallel track - I did read in your response to comments, though that you were on a spur. Pretty brave, though!

15 Feb 2011 7:06am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Amazing picture!
really really well done!

15 Feb 2011 9:06am

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Great shot!

15 Feb 2011 7:43pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


15 Feb 2011 8:16pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Haha wow... You're so right!! Well worth coming back to see this one. Bet you felt it go past.

16 Feb 2011 11:10pm

k@ from Paris, France

Great serie, light runs and perspectives are superb in each image, Stephen.

19 Feb 2011 9:56am

Sand73 from MONT DE MARSAN, France

magnifique et dangeureux clichés, il marie bien la vitesse du train et le coucher de soleil. j'apprécie également le reflet du paysage dans le train filant.
mon autre blog

19 Feb 2011 11:27am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

lovely composition here - and gorgeous light - please be careful!!

20 Feb 2011 2:13pm

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Masterpiece !

19 Mar 2013 8:12pm