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Uyuni Train Cemetery

Uyuni Train Cemetery
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-22
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED AF-S, 72mm Circular Polarizer Kenko
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-10 4:18
Viewed: 3182
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Visited in Bolivia the Uyuni train cemetery a photographers paradise.

From Wikipedia : the Uyuni train cemetery. It is located 3 km outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The engineers were invited by British-sponsored Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Companies, which is now Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892. It was encouraged by the then Bolivian President Aniceto Arce, who believed Bolivia would flourish with a good transport system, but it was also constantly sabotaged by the local Aymara indigenous Indians who saw it as an intrusion into their lives. The trains were mostly used by the mining companies. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery. There are talks to build a museum out of the cemetery.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-02-10 4:48]

Hi Hans

Long time no see. Good to see you back after an extended hiatus! Excellent graphism of the rusted old train with superb warm vs cold color contrasts against the blue sky backdrop. I like the wide angled crop & linear perspective. A pity for the graffiti but there's just too much of it to repair in photoshop. Tfs!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-02-10 10:07]

Hello Hans

Is this what they mean to fall off the rails...you prob heard that before...lol. The frame goes so well with this image, love the foreground boggie wheels against the locomotive, it evokes much mood. welldone, TFS

Stv :)

Hee die Hans,
Joh, je bent er weer even. Leuk.
Mooie inzending. Typisch om al dat metaal daar zo te zien liggen. Hier in europa zou dat al heel wat waard zijn. D'r zit vast veel koper in.

Lekker veel diepte in het beeld, door die lijn treinen die zo naar achteren loopt.
Mooi stukje werk weer.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-02-10 11:11]

HI Hans, very good documentation of these old trains. Very good POV, clear details to look at.
Regards Rose

Hey Hans - a lovely photo! The composition is well thought out with the axle close to the camera and filling the FG... I love the light - the sun high in the sky is difficult and a good photographer can always master this problem, as you have done here.

Great pic ;-)


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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-02-10 18:46]

Hi Hans,

As David noted, you handled a difficult lighting situation very well.

I like the POV you chose, the panorama format suits it well.

I always feel sad when I think of all the toil and sweat men put into these machines, to see them end up like this.


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