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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 February 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Amtrak Train departing Martinez, California

This is another composite of two images - layered in Photoshop. Parts of the train view before it started to move were isolated and feathered over four layers and then blended in with the image of the train moving. All of the platform view is from the second capture.

I think this is my favorite from this series.The sky had gone from dusk to dark in these forty minutes - still you can make out some of the coastal mountains in the distance.

Larger view:

One more 'ghost train' image tomorrow - a subtle color image taken a week earlier - on down the line...

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A perfect series... I'm fan of your bw !

19 Feb 2011 6:52am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Nice perspective and lighting...

19 Feb 2011 7:59am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb composition! A timeless image that captures the experience of trail travel - and waiting at platforms. Great series!

19 Feb 2011 8:26am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great result Stephen, although my monitor is not letting me see the mountains, these coaches look like pretty new rolling stock. Amtrak must be doing OK to afford such investment.

19 Feb 2011 9:04am

@Curly: Amtrak is heavily subsidized and constantly under threat of service cuts by our Congress. Many routes have been eliminated since it was formed in 1971. Generally - it losses a great deal of money. One of the problems is simply the distances involved. Before my trip to the UK in 2001 - I read that Oregon is slightly larger than all of the British Isles. That still leaves 47 states to roll through. And Amtrak has virtually no track of its own. Being at the mercy of freight sharing the right-of-way means that the trains are frequently behind schedule.

Exceptions are in areas where there is heavy demand and relatively small distances - such as the Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston corridor; and this train between our Bay Area and the State Capitol in Sacramento, which is 90 miles (145 km) away. Still - these services are subsidized. Having taken numerous trains in the UK - you can't compare the systems. Your train from Edinburgh to London is fast, sleek, comfortable, and serve excellent tea! Ours are (relatively) slow and cumbersome. They are comfortable and provide work stations with WiFi.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A very efficient post production to create this wonderfully moody composition with great depiction of motion! Great work Stephen!

19 Feb 2011 10:05am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

Wonderful black and white that give the illusion to me of color for some reason
after I look at it. Beautiful motion is perfection as it seems to be in slow motion
for the photograph.

19 Feb 2011 10:49am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

my favourite too (and the others were none too shabby either!)

19 Feb 2011 11:26am

JCJ from Troyes, France

great shot, good idea of settings

19 Feb 2011 11:35am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Excellent série , i like !

19 Feb 2011 1:25pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the PoV in this shot

19 Feb 2011 2:21pm

David from Pierrelatte, France

Nice shoot and work on photoshop ! i like the composition and the b&w treat.

19 Feb 2011 3:37pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I love the purity of your black and white shots, so crisp and well defined. very inspiring yet again.

19 Feb 2011 3:57pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

awesome night shot, beautifully composed and executed! love the perspectives, the "stars" and the fact that there are (almost) no people!

19 Feb 2011 5:30pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I'm aboard. I just scrolled back through the train series. Marvelous exciting images.
You have wonderful skill at flawlessly combining images. Great effect, producing a feeling of the movement and the moment.

19 Feb 2011 6:35pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really super shot, great exsposure

19 Feb 2011 9:51pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oooo, moving fast. Really nice, Stephen.

19 Feb 2011 10:03pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Great work Stephen, really like the motion effect. The B&W works very well with this image, excellent clarity. Also, the details and tones are amazing.

20 Feb 2011 2:51am

David from Detroit, United States

I like the ghosting and the sense of motion.

20 Feb 2011 2:56am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Outstanding job Stephen! The result is an exceptional b&w image.

20 Feb 2011 4:55am

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Very nice!!

20 Feb 2011 7:41am

RaouF.T from Qazvin, Iran

Fascinating shot my friend!

20 Feb 2011 9:24pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This an excellent image and outstanding photoshop work. You know it's good when no one can tell it's photoshopped!

21 Feb 2011 1:25am