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06-JAN-2009 Mark A. Krauss


The Train Home
I like the sense of solitude, distance, and chill - maybe foreboding - that the image conveys. While the full frame conveys information, ones attention is first drawn to the bright train headlight, stumbling over the lone woman along the way. Once seen she is irresistable creating a visual tension as the eye goes between her and the light. Only with effort does one see that she is, in fact, the only person at the station - the right side platform also dark and empty. A technical challenge to see and position myself for the shot, get the details of the shaded areas without blowing the train-lit areas too badly, to do it in one take (not a model). An instant before she had been facing the far platform, As she turned toward the train I saw the shot and took it.
The great Big Black Things that have loomed against the horizon of my life, threatening to devour me, simply loomed and nothing more.
The things that have really made me miss my train have always been sweet, soft, pretty, pleasant things of which I was not in the least afraid. ~ Elbert Hubbard

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Steve Thuman09-Jan-2009 03:07
Amazing how much detail there is in the darker areas and still, the light isn't totally blown out (star effect still shows)
Ruth Voorhis08-Jan-2009 14:55
Nice capture!
Paul Milholland08-Jan-2009 01:27
Well done shot, and I like the quote.
GeorgAnna 07-Jan-2009 22:45
Mark - You make a BART station look very mysterious & very cool indeed. Great light!
Bea.07-Jan-2009 22:16
Excellent shot Mark. A real mood to it, the stance of the figure makes it look totally alone.
Well done.
martyn george (Hedonic3000)07-Jan-2009 21:30
Cracking shot! well done.V
Guest 07-Jan-2009 17:16
Terrific exposure, very well done!
foto-baja-mex07-Jan-2009 17:12
I read, in my latest issue of "After Capture",(December/January) where one of Chip Simons 'What If?' column and his Ten Rules of Photography stated, "Take a day not looking through the camera-better still, take a month off. Hang out with people who are funny and different. And if anyone looks at your work and says "nice"or "interesting", "RUN" !!!

Therefore this is not nice. It is an excellent capture, very well executed, start to finish. V !!!
Pam Haley - FrogHouse Photo07-Jan-2009 15:28
Beautifully done image with a fitting quote.
Custom Digital Photo07-Jan-2009 13:41
Really great capture. Crisp and bold.
Jeannie07-Jan-2009 12:27
wow..beautiful, dark, and dramatic.
Karen Hoyt07-Jan-2009 12:18
Very nice image
Jack Hoying07-Jan-2009 11:54
Very nice photo. I like the rim lighting on the girl. Is that a SB900 that you placed on the tracks? ;-)
Ronald Bijtenhoorn07-Jan-2009 08:27
Like this a lot Mark. To me it has a bit of a symbolic mood; walking from the dark towards the bright light.
Dirck Brinckerhoff07-Jan-2009 05:14
The rays from the headlights convey the speed nicely. Was there time to eat dinner between taking and posting this?