Red Caboose

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    Highest position in Explore = #2 on May 4th, 2009, thank you!

    As a kid, I remember reading tons of stories about trains and always had a fascination for them. These days, I feel like I rarely see a good caboose, in fact, I can’t think of the last time I saw one... especially a bright red one. Well I finally spotted one in the wild... not in a museum or some train park. This was the real deal and he (I think all cabooses are “he’s” :-) ) was definitely still in use in the shipyard area of Harbor Island, West Seattle. In fact, right next to the train was a sign that warned that this was a remote control train and could start moving at any second. I sat there baffled and was honestly a little hesitant to cross in front... Ha, like all of a sudden it would just start up and I wouldn’t be able to get out of the way. I couldn’t help but feel like I was part of some large adult train set and that somebody, somewhere was just waiting for me to walk in front of it. So I ran and quickly jumped over the tracks... just in case. Good grief, like that mattered. I sat there and chuckled at myself, then realized that I was in theory “trespassing” and needed to get a move on. So I rattled off the shots and jumped back over the tracks again for good measure!

    For the shot, this was a handheld bracketed sequence that I had to manually align in Photoshop as I didn’t have a tripod... and was shaking at the thought that some random train was going to instantly run me down :) Enjoy and hope you all have a fantastic week!

    © Mikytz, Cyvette, Sareni, moog55, and 86 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ... Arjun 72 months ago | reply

      The HDR makes this so surreal.

    2. Souvik_Prometure 72 months ago | reply

      fantastic shot..truely deserve to be in explore

      Also apologies for recently been away from Flickr.

      Seen in my contacts

    3. naldereteu 71 months ago | reply


    4. Alec Tyson Wright 71 months ago | reply

      this is truly a work of art... the composition is stunning. it's as unique and rare as an ol' red caboose itself.

    5. Faddoush 71 months ago | reply

      lovely capture and colours.

    6. kjerrellimages (Kevin W. Jerrell) 71 months ago | reply

      Cooool shot. Love the treatment.

    7. Penya_Pictures 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Composition Masters, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Bravissimo !!!! Please join us !

    8. Images by A.J. 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gallery of Steel: International Railway Art Exhibition, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. Nate Kates 69 months ago | reply

      one word: wow.

    10. anjundoobies 67 months ago | reply

      love the choo choos

    11. shutter mama 66 months ago | reply

      vibrant colors!!! very cool!

    12. rossy1997 64 months ago | reply

      Nice shot, well done!

    13. cthart 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Transfer Cabooses, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. george974 56 months ago | reply

      wonderfull p.o.v.

    15. Not Our Kids! 54 months ago | reply

      those cabooses are going nowhere. nothing really to worry about in this yard in the middle of a bright sunny day. Unless you are blind, deaf and fumbling with canon ergonomics. Or trying to paint my yard...

    16. funsky1 51 months ago | reply

      This design was not really seen that much around Chicago.
      IHB railroad had some - as I recall...

    17. JohnEWordSlinger 35 months ago | reply

      Love this, can I grab this and give you credit & link back to you, because when you share it it doesn't show as large as this, and bright.. I will post a link to here, but showing the picture will do better... I want to post it on Poetry E Trains wall on fb... You can look at my profile just search Poetry E Train..

      John E...

    18. PrachiVerma 2 months ago | reply

      I love the way you captured the scene, excellent framing, composition and final processing. Well done, my friend. Have a nice day.

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