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Riding Into The Sunset

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is a passenger train rolling along about half-an-hour after sunset. I was actually waiting for a train scheduled to pass in the other direction and this one caught me by surprise. The warm light reflecting off the rail car was coming off of San Pablo Bay, a short distance to the right. The day's twilight was shinning off of the water and through a break in the trees formed where the road crosses the tracks.

This is a westbound Amtrak 'San Joaquin' train nearing it's destination in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, rolling through a crossing in Pinole, California.

The train started its journey at the far end of The San Joaquin Valley about six hours earlier. It has three more quick stops to make in Richmond, Berkeley, and Emeryville; before ending the run at Oakland's Jack London Square - about 30 minutes from here.

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An impressive motion blur

20 Feb 2011 6:19am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic! This is one of the best for me!

20 Feb 2011 7:29am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absolutely fantastic !

20 Feb 2011 9:13am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Very cool long time capture!

20 Feb 2011 9:31am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

...and there it was gone!

20 Feb 2011 9:42am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Another fine longish exposure.

20 Feb 2011 10:33am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great capture !!

20 Feb 2011 12:23pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Whooooosh again!!!! Really neat image, Stephen.

20 Feb 2011 1:07pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

very awesome! Surprises around every corner (or rail station) - lovely capture!

20 Feb 2011 2:12pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot, love it

20 Feb 2011 8:36pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice ghost train effect... :-)

20 Feb 2011 8:45pm

Marcie from United States

The lines of light are absolutely awesome. Terrific image!

20 Feb 2011 9:10pm

AnneJ from Figtree, Australia

Love's real ghost train. Well executed.

20 Feb 2011 9:38pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

totally cool shot! wow, amazing capture and i especially like the ghost train's reflection of the sun :)

21 Feb 2011 1:43am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The B&W's of this series are outstanding but this is sublime.

21 Feb 2011 2:16am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool blurred shot

21 Feb 2011 7:46am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

this a really great ghost train and a fine longtime exposure!

21 Feb 2011 9:45am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This one is awesome Stephen...sorry, really under the weather lately but I am watching!

21 Feb 2011 5:50pm