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End of the Line
July 2004 Barbara Read

End of the Line

Sandon, British Columbia

Two summers ago, Fred and I went exploring the Kootenay's - a mountainous region of eastern BC, rich in history and old mining ghost towns. Sandon is one such ghost town. It is fairly easy to find and a good number of buildings still exist, unlike many of BC's other ghost towns. Sandon has become the final destination for a number of old Vancouver Transit buses. Not really sure why they are there--but they were definately an odd and intriguing find. I never was very happy with how most of my shots that day turned out, but I did spend some time today messing with this one in PS. I was trying to impart a mood to this shot reminiscent of how I felt that day walking amongst all the ghostly remains of what once a vibrant and booming town.

Image was cropped on the right to remove some of the bus which had been exagerated by the wide angle lens I used. Adjustments were made in PS, I desaturated the image, applied Dave's Etheral Glow and finally Feivel's Gothic Glow filter effects. I wasn't happy with the building to the rear of the buses, so I burned it in to make its very colorful presence less noticable. Image was resized and sharpened before posting.

Comments and feedback, especially on the post processing, are always appreciated and welcomed.

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Raymond Ma26-Nov-2010 04:44
The processing gives this a wistful mood...I remember these old transit trolleys
growing up in Vancouver. V
Benoit Durocher Photographie25-Jun-2009 02:27
What a great shot and excellent use of post-processing. Great title too . You get my vote !
Milan Simic23-Oct-2008 04:12
Fabolous composition, great idea... strong shot... voted!
Greg Little29-Sep-2007 21:03
Nicely subdued colors; and I like the title.
Guest 14-Aug-2007 05:18
Awesome capture. Nice treatment as well.
Yiannis Pavlis03-May-2007 13:27
fantastic perspective!excellent composition.impressive capture.voted.
Guest 06-Jul-2006 13:41
Excellent shot! I love the colors and mood, and the effects you used seem to have been executed perfectly; not overdone -- just effective.
Richard Calmes26-Mar-2006 22:46
I remember these! Great shot!
Guest 26-Mar-2006 13:55
great title, vignetting and soft focus works very well for this image and your description

for a tip, you have some horizontal lines below the first and second caravans from the right in the shadow region that you may want to blur out. It doesnt detract the overall impression from this image though