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Red Caboose

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!

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Taken on March 29, 2009