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Tracks To Nowhere

Tracks To Nowhere
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Copyright: Scott Thomas (Sharpshooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 73 N: 1658] (7016)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Nature, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), - Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, 58mm Marumi UV, 58mm Hoya Polarizing Filter
Exposure: f/13.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-24 0:58
Viewed: 2479
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this from the Onehunga Wharf a few weeks ago. It was about the fifth time I had returned to this spot for some sunset shots, but liked this one the most. It was quite a ‘busy’ looking scene due to all the small rocks in the foreground, so I tried to sharpen it as effectively as possible. The sun had become quite diffused after it went down behind the clouds, which allowed me to shoot directly towards it while the foreground was still quite bright.

I brought a metal stepping stool with me to get an elevated view over the tracks (they looked too wide from ground-level), and used a single RAW file to eliminate any alignment issues in Photomatix. I’m assuming the rails were once used for unloading goods off ships that pulled in, as there certainly was no railway running through there. Looks like the tracks haven’t been used for quite some time, judging by the rusty rails and rubbish that had washed up. The tide was right in when I took this, the tracks stretch quite a considerable way into the ocean when the tide is out, and seem to disappear into the mud.

The cloud coverage has been quite dense over the last few days so I haven’t had a good chance to go back. As soon as it clears up, I’ll be going back to take more photos of the sunset from this spot – which you’ll no doubt see on here at some stage. It took me a while to get the colour balance right for this scene - It originally had a strange blue tinge throughout the image. All critiques and suggestions welcome.

EXIF Data:
Image Quality: 1x RAW converted to HDR
Device: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: F/13
Shutter Speed: 0.3s
Exposure Mode: Manual Control
Metering: Multi-segment
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Date Taken: 2nd August 2009, 5:25pm

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A damn fine shot again Scott - seems you're really hitting the mark with the 450D!! Often a good idea to elevate slightly as even the slight change of perspective makes a big improvement.. I stand on my car sometimes!!
Nice colour, well composed and generally excellent work.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-24 1:07]

Hi Scott

The tracks terminating abruptly in the water, add a surrealistic, Dali-esque look, to this superb image. Good lighting, sharpness, & shadow detail, despite the setting sun. Marvellous sunset tinged clouds as a backdrop. Tfs!

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-08-24 1:08]

Hello Scott
Excellent capture of sunset, it feels like a cold winter's sunset :)
The composition is very fine, the orange tones in the sky looks too good and r eye catching.

Nice PP work.


Hi Scott,

I like the diagonals of the track leading the eye into the shot, the underwater train does it arrive on the hour every hour lol. The dof is excellent the sun bubbling behind the clouds is a very nice effect. Good colours sharp details and love the pov well done.

Hi Scott,

GReat POV used with the rail tracks leading into the water. Interesting lighting and clouds - looks like its raining in the distance. Good composition. TFS.


Hi Scott,
Dramatic picture with this "track leading to nowhere", moreover the dark clouds and the sunset tones add more impact to the composition. Straight horizon, excellent sharpness and good crop. TFS!

Hi Scott

great POV to this shot ,great colours on the train tracks.nice cloud formation and lighting
well done.


hi Scott once again you have produced the goods this is realy good photgraphy excellent colours good pp work the sky is awesome tfs
regards bryan

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-24 2:49]

Hi Scott,
A nice POV to capture this leading to nowhere track!
A fabulous sunset shot with beautiful grey cast on the land!
Nice warm cast in the sky!
Very sharp presentation and a superb PP treatment!
Well done,

Francis Xavier

hi scott
great mysterious image,love the tracks leading to no-where good pov,just a few spattering of colours,the rest looks b/w all blend very well together,gives it a moody surreal image.

Hi Scott,

Hope you are doing well.
For this pic, I must say great perspective here.
nice capture of the sunset from here.the tones are great and well composed. the old rails also add to the image.
good lighting use here. good sharp deatils also.


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-08-24 3:56]

Hi Scott...
Beautiful shot with so good lighting, sharpness...
Beautiful colors of sky...

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-08-24 4:07]

HI Scott,
Nicely composed image with great tones/colors. Well seen and very unique. TFS Julie

Hi Scott!
nice photo with great dof...
interesting light and pleasant colors

Bonjour Scott.
Beau couché de soleil sur cette rampe de mise a l’eau.
Le contraste et parfaite et donne l’ambiance des lumières de fin de journée.
Bonne journée.


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-08-24 6:07]

Hi Scott,

Beautiful sunset composition and the rails running into the water add a nice degree of graphism. Another fine piece of photography.

Best regards,

Hello Scott
Some more rails eh? I like the fg detail here, and the left hand rail leads nicely into the corner of the frame. Lots of atmosphere from what is really quite an ordinary scene.
Regards, Les

This is a head scratcher? WHY do the tracks disappear into the water? Doesn't the salt water corrode the iron and wood? How could it hold a train? Oh my head is swimming! (this is what happens when you get caught up in your head and take your focus off of the techniques of the shot!) haha! just a demonstration of insanity!
I love this! The dramatic treatment adds to it!
Nice work Scott!

Hi Scott,
What a dramatic shot of a sunset...
Nice colours and details are excellent.
Depth and clarity are perfect.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • mistic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 1 N: 101] (2985)
  • [2009-08-24 10:19]

salut scott

sublime cette idée de ces rails qui se jettent dans l'ocean
les couleurs sont magnifiques et les détails du premiers plan sont bien capturer
belle luminosité du soir qui donne une ambiance de abandonner

Hello Scott,
Great photo in very beautiful light. Clear colours. Superb sharpness and details and a very good composition and POV. Best regards Siegfried

Hi Scott,
This is a very nice sunset spot, Excellent POV. with this nowhere tracks, beautiful warm sky and details,
picture very sharp and clear,
well done.

They used the train tracks to launch Boats, usually fishing trawlers, the boat would sit on a large trolley and it would be controlled by a winch and wire rope. Common practice around New Zealand.

Moody sunset looking out towards my home in the Waitakeres. Nice detail in the foreground. Good idea to get up higher to get a better POV.

Excellent POV and composition.Wonderful capture of sunset.A fine colours and good sharpness.Very well done

hi Scott. excellent sunset shot with great atmosphere feeling with this shot ... great colors and details .. well done Harout.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 779 W: 26 N: 808] (9490)
  • [2009-08-24 16:28]

Hi Scott,
As you say it does have a blue tinge but it creates a moody atmosphere, I imagine the tracks would be for launching boats that had been up for repair. Good PoV and well composed

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-08-24 16:46]

Ciao Scott

What a beautiful landscape, my friend.
I always say - What is good taste!
You use the landscape as excellent depth and perspective.
Nice place for stay, stay and not want to leave!
Sharpness and clarity are very fine.
Very well composition, nice color too.

Have a new hot day,


This is a masterclass photo and the mood and ambiance is superb. The clouds actually give it a haunted kind of feeling with the incomplete rail tracks in the foreground and it works like a painting.


excellent shot,with very vivid colors,from a perfect POV having great DOF and very wel composed.TFS

Textbook composition. Good lead-in of the tracks and great placement of the far horizon. Levels are well managed - great subject, too!

Didnt you know that this was an alternative route to Hogwarts school used by Harry Potter for a change? Beautiful atmospheric shot. The tracks lead the eye nicely to the horizon. Your efforts have been well rewarded by the result. Good job
warm regards

Une étonnante composition aux fantastiques couleurs.Superbe réalisation.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-08-25 9:27]

Hi Scott,

I came back! After a few days of holidays are here again.
A picture that we are proposing today is very beautiful. Excellent picture, my congratulations.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-08-25 16:42]

hi Scott,
a very sophisticated picture of the meaningful and metaphoric scene.
this feeling of "nowhere" is tasteful for me,
it is like the end of the world, the end of the time, the end of the story,,,
vanishing to nowhere, and coming from nowhere,
but the sea and the sky are watching us,
maybe this salty water of sea is the tears of that red sky...
thank you,

Hi Scott,
Very beautiful image vith excellent POV, colours and lighting.TFS.


Hello Scott! Railroad to nowhere! Amazing place. Wonderful colours, very good brightness. Mysterious work. Great effect. Well done!

Bonjour Scott
great wellthought pov, great moment, great result.
Have a good day

Hello Scott,
Incredible tech quality, amazing colors, light and details...
Rails and sunset colors are impressive
Selahattin E

hey scott,
your compositional and pp skill are quite evident here. another masterful work. best regards.

Hi Scott!

Here the subject itself is so special that would even make the picture itself but by composing like this you still added something plus to it. TFS!

Best regards,

Ciao Scott. Interesting important perspective to mean the end of something. Excellent space's management and deep dramatic sky. Another great PP work. Best wishes.


Hi and Good Mornig Scott,

An excellent land-seascape capture with fine composition, and vivid colours.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Another amazing work, my friend Scott. Wonderful composition with great point of view and very nice colors. Congratulations and TFS!!

Greetings from Brazil,

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-31 19:49]

Gee so thankful for your note, I thought maybe you'd had a major flood :) it does look like train tracks. Another awesome picture Scott, fantastic detail and colors. Very impressive pp work. TFS

it's like railroad to nowhere or from Harry Porter's movie accept this one to the sea.. i thought it was real, Scott.. love your pp work.. stunning work again.. well done..

regards, terry

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-10-21 10:59]

Hello Scott.
This is very effective shot. Well seen and well presented with dramatic sky. Because no train will go here anymore.
Good precessing as well.
Best Reagards.
Janek Koss

Hi Scot,

I realy like the colourtone in this one. Perfect composition of land, water and sky. The rails going in to the water gives a great original effect to the landscape. Well done!

TFS Greetings Simone

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  • mirmar (33)
  • [2010-05-17 6:20]

What's that greenish thing on the stones and on the sleeper?

Anyway, the photo's nice.

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