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The night the train never came
1st PlaceThe night the train never came
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Outdoor Night Portrait (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Canon
Location: Rugby
Date: Nov 23, 2010
Aperture: 20
ISO: 400
Shutter: 4
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2010

Wooo, here's a blue?! It seems December starts well!!! = )
I'm so happy and excited with this first ribbon and a PB that I will not break for a while!!
Thanks to all for your votes and comments!

For the story, there is not that much to say. It was like 7 hours before the end of the challenge when I decided to go for this picture. There were only a small amount of submitions, so I thought there was some room for a good result. I thought about what I could do, and living 5 minutes far from the station, I realised the potential of it by night.
It seems it's the best idea I had for a long time!! But this night was bloody freeeeezing!!!!

Regarding the picture, to be honest, I was not intendind the see through effect first!! I was trying normal pictures of a guy (me!) simply waiting his train. Tried with and without trains, but never get something convicing. And then by chance I did one see through, and realised it could be really interesting. So I tried a few like that, staying fixed for 3 sec and moving during the 4th one.
After one hour of shooting in minus something degrees, I thought I had enough and went back home. To me that one was the most interesting. Cropped, did a bit of adjustment in Topaz, and that was it!

I was not sure if people will appreciate it or not.
But I love it, and find it really full of meaning, and particularly full of questions... Was the guy supposed to take the train, or to welcome someone in the train, or to commit suicide (hence the gostly effect, as if it was brought back to life)... Where was the train going... There's a lot we can ask, but as I don't want to interfere with your view of it I'll stop here!

Thanks again to all voters and commenters! That was a good week!!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 42
Avg (all users): 7.2143
Avg (commenters): 8.5263
Avg (participants): 6.4167
Avg (non-participants): 7.3037
Views since voting: 4448
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 238
Comments: 27
Favorites: 10 (view)


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12/02/2010 12:07:15 AM
Great shot. Like you say something different to get people's attention. Well done on your Blue :)
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12/01/2010 03:53:15 PM
that ghost image is unreal, in a good way, great picture
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12/01/2010 09:56:29 AM
How did you get the such a clean ghost image? Love this shot!
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12/01/2010 07:38:13 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon ,great image. We lived in Rugby for nineteen years and used the station often to go to Coventry ( amonst other places} where we both come from.
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12/01/2010 03:38:22 AM
You did it, congratulations! And this ribbon isn't going nowhere! :)
I'm still curious about the see through effect :).
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12/01/2010 01:06:11 AM
This still blows me away .... How did u do this.. I was one of your 28 10's... share secrets with your fav fan!! LOL
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12/01/2010 12:25:48 AM
very well done indeed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2010 11:18:48 PM
Very nice long exposure. Love the B&W and the border.
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11/30/2010 08:36:41 PM
Interesting; much more of a story than many portraits tell. Technicals are very well done, too.
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11/30/2010 02:54:01 PM
This is awesome. I know this feeling far too well, but it's more like I fell asleep on the train, missed my stop and had to wait for hours. The clarity is impressive. What's interesting is the head and chest are see-through, yet the hands aren't. Great shot. Bumped to 10. Favorite of the challenge. Good luck.
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11/30/2010 01:14:01 AM
Nice shot, 9.
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11/28/2010 04:05:15 PM
...and I vanished out of memory.
I gave this a 10 for many reasons, primarily because of the feeling it sends me...(I guess we're all under influence of the posthumous challenge) I'm staring at it for a long time. It would be amazing if this wins two blues, definitely deserved.
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11/28/2010 12:40:12 PM
Inspired. Great use of time lapse. And incredibly crisp detail.
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11/28/2010 10:51:09 AM
Very well done! Seemingly an instant classic.
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11/27/2010 12:59:00 PM
Ribbon contender! Really love the see through guy.
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11/26/2010 07:51:10 PM
i like the composition. You can feel the loneliness and the waiting.
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11/25/2010 01:52:47 PM
Nice ghostly look. Great B&W.
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11/25/2010 08:20:15 AM
Well taken.
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11/24/2010 06:20:17 PM
Nice! Creative.
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11/24/2010 04:30:12 PM
Good story, nicely executed.
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11/24/2010 12:16:30 PM
border detracts from a killer concept here. 8
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11/24/2010 11:32:26 AM
Very Nice. My favorite of the bunch.
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11/24/2010 11:30:43 AM
Love it!
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11/24/2010 10:42:18 AM
I love this effect! And it very much fits the mood of the photo. Really well done!
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11/24/2010 01:07:13 AM
cool idea, nicely done
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11/24/2010 12:29:37 AM
This is fantastic!! how in the world did u do this 10
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11/24/2010 12:19:23 AM
Love it... Favorite shot of the challenge. Great shot and story told 10
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