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Track One - All Aboard

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 March 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Westbound Amtrak Zephyr train boarding in Martinez Station - service between Chicago and San Francisco.

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Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

What a cool composition and the motion adds something I like here. Nice image Stephen.

4 Mar 2011 7:34am

@Monterey John: This was a humorous ten second exposure for me. This train conductor was in conversation with a woman who was familiar to him - perhaps an employee - perhaps someone who rides out of Martinez a lot. In either case - he just stood there while she couldn't keep still - moving all over the place as she spoke. I was really curious to see what the capture would reveal. The gabby woman pretty much disappeared - which might have been just what the conductor was hoping for...

ISO 400 - the 16-35mm Canon lens at 16mm - f/11 - 10 seconds

k@ from Paris, France

Like a scale-model ! the sensation is real cool.

4 Mar 2011 8:29am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Thanks for this Stephen, I'm just really noticing the sheer size of these trains, do they have two decks? It looks as though the passenger compartments are on an upper deck with something else on the lower deck - freight perhaps?

4 Mar 2011 9:55am

@Curly: Hey there, Curly - good morning from San Francisco. These are double decker cars - which gives some great viewing for those aboard. The lower deck is luggage, handicap and additional seating, and toilet facilities.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

THE PHOTO which makes dream for me. Haughtiness!

4 Mar 2011 10:51am

guillaume from Paris, France

Well done !

4 Mar 2011 11:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A shot like this touches so many senses . . and the kinda dreamy processing here cranks up the feelings ! Nice one for sure.

4 Mar 2011 11:31am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks very much for the kind words.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

If I ever make it over to the States a long train trip is one of the things I would love to do !! I love travelling by train and the distances in the US would make a journey like this a real adventure !!

4 Mar 2011 12:27pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice with the ghost train chief…

4 Mar 2011 12:46pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent - love the 'ghost' station master! A superb vista along the platform between train and station.

4 Mar 2011 2:24pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

looks so unreal . great

4 Mar 2011 2:58pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

The Martinez station looks a hell of a lot nicer than the Newark station! Lovely light here and a great classic view!

4 Mar 2011 4:45pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Having been through Newark Station more than once - you will get no argument. Thanks, Denny...

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very clever of you to have motion blurs on the people and not the train.

5 Mar 2011 12:56am

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Intriguing shot, it feels alive.

5 Mar 2011 1:09am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Like a neverending dream world of a Twilight Zone movie inside a train Station.
Willoughby, Willoughby, next stop, Willoughby. This definitely is a future world,
but the same train will reoccur every time we wake up aboard it, wondering if
this is indeed the place we must forever get off in !~

5 Mar 2011 10:26am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Actually this is the link I was referring to on this one :))

8 Mar 2011 1:29am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so cool when we can see through people

8 Mar 2011 1:41am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like this ghosty image, fantastic effect!

8 Mar 2011 10:50am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

awesome shot! i love the tone,mood, and creativity of your pov :)

9 Mar 2011 3:20am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That looks like a cool way to travel. During the year I spent in Japan, I grew very fond of high speed rail service on the Shinkansen. An excellent shot.

12 Mar 2011 8:20pm