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Just An Observation... Car

Just An Observation... Car
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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-13
Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Mexico & the Copper Canyon
Date Submitted: 2010-02-11 5:47
Viewed: 1523
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As seen late afternoon the second day of our train trip, the first day in Texas, just south of Cleburne. The Amtrak observation car affords panoramic views of the scrub brush and back alleys of Texas for two straight days on the Texas Eagle!

Not that it's a bad thing, but Texas is one huge state. I thought we would never get to El Paso. It seems that the train tracks pass through the worst parts of every town, too. Of course, they go through the center of town, too, so you get to see the ups and downs of every place. No matter, though, it's still relaxing and enjoyable. I felt the stress of work and the day to day grind melt away with every click-clack of the wheels over the rails. By the time we got to El Paso, I was relaxed and ready to head into Mexico.

The folks in this particular car are Amish missionaries. It seemed that there were at least three families, or perhaps one extended family. They were heading into Mexico, too. They would be spending their time helping a Mennonite church somewhere around Chihuahua. They are very dedicated to their faith.

This was our second railway vacation in two years. We will take another!

Have a great Thursday - the weekend is coming soon - along with more snow for those of us in the Midwest!

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Hi Reed
Amazing idea this type of observation car affords panoramic views.

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  • rut Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 9] (95)
  • [2010-02-11 5:53]

Hi Reed,

A railway vacation sounds great ! love this photo for the story, the wonderful light and a realy interesting frame.

Hope you get to take another vacation ( and more train car shots like this.. )soon !

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-02-11 6:12]

Hi Reed...
Nice shot with so nice perspective...
Nice timing...

Hello Reed

A very interesting image. The new train car with the contrast of traditional amish garb. Thanks for the story. Very good POV and light control.


Hi Reed - Interesting shot with almost seemingly anachronistic subjects. Great perspective and sharpness.

Hello Reed

What a so great perspective in a very good DOF.
A graphic composition, very nice symmetry to my eyes.
Excellent work Reed.

Best regards

Hello Reed,

Excellent work with great POV and DOF!
Perfect control of light and beautiful natural colors!
Congratulations and TFS

OKay I'll try again .. I started to write about this one earlier, and suddenly I clumsily hit some button, and away it all went !!
First thing that strikes me is the symmetry, which I really like. I'm a fan of anything symmetrical. Great view of the observation car. Everything looks nice 'n sharp, despite the fact that your were hurtling down the track!
The Amish people .. they didn't mind you taking their photograph? I know they are intensely private people, and don't usually approve of cameras being pointed in their direction. I know when I was in Indiana, it was strongly suggested that we respect their privacy, and not photograph.
Anyway, this shot is really good. The note .. very engaging, as always.
Cheers Reed

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2010-02-11 10:59]

Hello Reed,
Longtunidal manner of the passage in this frame is looking interesting. Nice candid scene is nicely composed. Well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Reed!

In a way, a very anachronic shot. Cool contrast indeed and a nice catch. The people here are realy making the shot interesting, which otherwise would be banal.
Well done,

PS. Good note to explain your shot by the way.

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