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Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1995-08
Categories: Desert
Camera: Minolta SRT-201
Exposure: 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-19 8:52
Viewed: 4252
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Between somewhere and nowhere, north of Sparks about 60 miles heading towards Winnemucca, Nevada...total desolate desert. Temperature at 110/F degrees. Minolta Body with 35mm lens. Kodak Gold 100, pushed to 800asa.
My son and I rode the California Zephyr Amtrak from Davis, CA to Cleveland Ohio in 1995 to visit my recently widowed mother. It was perhaps the most exciting train ride across the middle of America and believe or not we went coach. If you want to see all those things you have only seen in movies, the you must try this before the Amtrak is found un-fixable economically by the government....
The tracks follow the ancient trails of our ancestors, not the roads. There are times in Utah when we are in the middle of the desert, miles from any other civilization. The same for this picture. Strange how few people even look out windows. This picture is of the mountains and buttes at sunset, with storm leaving the picture headed east.
God's County is bigger than simply the beautiful places we have lived in Mendocino and Curlew/Malo. It is a bit wider than that....something over 3000 miles wide and the scenes change rapidly.

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Hi Bob,

this is an interesting shot me, as I'm planning a bit of a road trip later this year in the West.

I like the contrast between the sun and storm clouds and the crop gives it a an almost panoramic feel.


Gary is right - it does look like a panorama. The lighting is great and the feeling is so "WESTERN" - you always create a feeling with your photos. :)
I can sense travel, the west, and movement in this photo.

Wow love the lighting here Bob! Storms can be the best sources for inspirational lighting like what you got here.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-19 12:11]

Hi Bob,
this has lovely lighting over this beauitful scene.
Well done,

Bob, this picture exudes sheer magic of the Nevada Desert you captured through the window of Amtrak way back in 1995 on film.
What fantastic colors and contrasts!
Very well done, my friend.
Best regards.

Hello Bob!
This is a perfectly composed picture with very good light, details and DOF. I like a lot a panoramic point of view and the colours of this composition: the contrast between golden desert and dark blue sky makes this picture both beautiful and dramatic!
This is really great work!
Greetings and have a nice afternoon,

Bob, my friend,
This one is pure: M.A.G.I.C.
I knew right from the start that you had great stuff to share. And you do.
Best of the best to you.

Wonderful lighting, colors, contrast, Bob. A simple, yet dramatic photo. Thanks for this...and an informative note to wrap it up with a ribbon, so to speak.

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  • TommyB (62)
  • [2007-06-20 20:17]

Hey Bob, This one is great. Living in the city sometimes I forget that there are still places in this country that haven't been changed dramatically by humans and our technology.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-16 9:12]

Hello Bob ! Wow great landscape ! I love the contrasts in that one, light, colors everything. Superbly composed and great technique. Well done my friend. Thanks,


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