A Precarious Breakdown

This train was actually broken down on the trestle with its “hood” open, waiting for help. Looking up from underneath, I noticed one of the conductors taking pictures of me with his cell phone as I was taking pictures of him. While I like the sky in this one, I’m not really sure about the rest. I’ve held on to this one for a long time for that reason but I figured it was time to post it.




  1. jt says:

    Love the dynamic clouls as always. I also like the train color against the sky.

  2. Rahul says:

    This is wonderful… It has all my favourite elements in a single photograph.. a train, a brige and a superb sky!! Great!

  3. Earl says:

    Yes, what a crazy sky. Looks like something out of the new version of War of the Worlds.

  4. Jon says:

    The sky is great but the picture isnt just about that, I like the overall composition of the shot. It just works for me.

  5. Troy says:

    The gray sky is a great supporting element for the the train. A dramatic image.

  6. That really is some sky! Great story, too. You should feel flattered that he wanted to take a picture of you!

  7. micki says:

    As I live on a peninsula, we have no trains. It has been five years since I've seen a train, and even longer (over 12) since I've seen one on a bridge. The processing really makes the train seem even more mighty and powerful!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Fab sky – it looks like a painting. Strange light – how come the train looks like it's got a spotlight on it? Anyway, I like this photograph.

  9. Tone says:

    really like the muted colours set against the dramatic sky. Is this close to the original image – or did you have to do a lot of layering in PS?

  10. Tuan says:

    wow! just look at those clouds. great job on bringing them out.

  11. moodaholic says:

    I think it is just right. Very good.

  12. Hey, it's that same sky as in your last train photo. I'm seeing a pattern emerging here… ;) You know, I like the shot. There's something intersting about it. It makes me curious. On that, and in reading the story that goes with it, I wonder what shot might have emerged from spending a bit more time in the area – you know, like exploring the scene from different perspectives and distances (of course, this assumes you didn't necessarily do that). Either way, I think this is a keeper!

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  14. jasonspix says:

    Fabulous colors. Love the dramatic sky.

  15. Kris says:

    Excellent! Great angle and tilt!

  16. Nice title and processing on this one.

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