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Eastbound To Bakersfield

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 17 February 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A late train departing the Amtrak Station in Martinez, California - heading into the San Joaquin Valley.

This is actually a composite of two images - sandwiched as layers in Photoshop. The first image contains the blur of the aluminum reflections in the foreground. The second is of the train and signal towers beyond the platforms of the station. Using the selection tool - the front of the train in the first exposure was cut away just at the outline of the distant train - revealing the signal tower, which would have otherwise been obscured.

Larger view and map:

Canon 5D mkII w/ 16-35mm f/2.8 L series lens - ISO 640 - at 22mm - f/11 - 6.0 seconds

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

love this, like a ghost train

17 Feb 2011 6:35am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic! It's like the Phantom Train. Good b/w, Stephen!

17 Feb 2011 7:59am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

J'adore ce beau noir et blanc!

17 Feb 2011 10:52am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great b&w shot!! Well done !

17 Feb 2011 11:03am

pete from Australia

a very impressive image(s), seamless and very imaginative, i think it is fantastic...

17 Feb 2011 12:46pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely swish from the six seconds and combo here . . as much an experience as a photograph !

17 Feb 2011 1:01pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice work!
You have achieved a very good result, a real ghost train.

17 Feb 2011 2:07pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

I really love the tonal range and mood here Stephen! Great shot!

17 Feb 2011 4:02pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

superb Stephen!

17 Feb 2011 7:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Amazing capture!

18 Feb 2011 2:40am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Great shot and very well done!
very good idea!

18 Feb 2011 6:52pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

ghost train - excellent

18 Feb 2011 7:15pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

great motion of what was 'just there'? and love the starbursts in the streetlights -makes this for me

20 Feb 2011 2:12pm