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City of the Rising Sun by shenanigan87 City of the Rising Sun by shenanigan87
As usual, I tried to get away from standard sunrise pics by getting something else in the shot, yet again, it's the Cologne-Duisburg line crossing through Leverkusen.

What I liked about this one is that the sun is partially concealed behind the smoke from a chimney. It is actually a waste-to-energy plant, in case you're wondering. I think the partially concealed sun makes the gleaming railheads and of course the train much more prominent, and I also liked the colour and composition. Makes one feel good to be where civilisation is, where the trains go by, high voltage in the sky :D

Typical scene, a five car double decker is pushed towards Leverkusen through the snowy fields, with one small oddity: Instead of a class 146 (built starting 1997) the train is pushed by a class 111 (built between 1974 and 84). While it's a standard configuration on many lines with double deckers, the two lines that come by here always use the 146. I pass this spot twice every day in such a train, going to and coming from university, about 50 kilometers behind my back in Duisburg.
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reijisakamoto Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Awesome view!^^
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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reijisakamoto Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
You welcome!^^
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very fine. If the clouds don't cooperate, bring your own.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If only I always had a huge smokestack in my pocket... :)
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Wonderful, perfect exposure, I love the way the sun makes the steam illuminate like a flame
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate! :) This is one of my favourite shots of all time.
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KAzy009 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
BEST EVER !!!!

enough said !
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, glad you think so! :)
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Lugia-Prophet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Oha, versteckte Meisterfoto's vom großen Shenanigan persönlich :)

Ein wahrlich schönes Bild, was du dort getroffen hast (-: Gz!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke! :)

Eigentlich habe ich es so publik wie möglich gemacht, es ist auf meiner hp angezeigt und meine Signatur hätte dich auch dorthin geführt. :XD:
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RavensDownfall Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Echt genial vor allem vom Licht her und der ganze Bildaufbau, hat richtig was, gefällt mir! :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke sehr! :) Ist auch eines meiner persönlichen Lieblingsbilder.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Very nice shot. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much! :lol: This is probably my most favourite photo here on DA. :)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
When I see the output of the Railfan Nation with all those admittedly nice American engines just driving along some anonymous piece of track... it's a huge breath of fresh air. But apart from that, it's a good pic all on its own too, I'm not surprised about the positive feedback you got. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
As a matter of fact, I'm taking part in the photo competition on Railfan-Nation with this pic. :) Though there are too few submissions to get even halfway to the planned 50. :(
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh, I'll look into the conditions. I'm happy to contribute to up the number. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay, that would be fabulous! :D
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Kriglfly Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Also very very epic... ;)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent reflections off the rail.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :) Froze my fingers off for it! :XD:
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I know that feeling. Makes a good photo that much more rewarding.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Only problem being that I kinda forgot to leave the camera in it's bag for a bit when I got home, so I had lots of water condensing in my lens and body. Luckly, no damage or permanent traces...
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah that's not a good thing. Aside from that, you pulled off an awesome image despite the fridged weather.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, that usually makes up for all the trouble. :)

Thanks for the :+fav: by the way!
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Patual Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Definetly awesome : P
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :lol:
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sobercollegekid23 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
It is a gorgeous combination. The winter snow, the sunrise, and the electric wires.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much, it's one of my favourites! :)
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classictrains Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Thanks for pointing this out to me. I haven't been able to keep up with everything others are posting...

Very well done. At first glance I picture the sun as warm but the second look reveals the fact that the ground is covered in snow and it is not warm at all.

A photograph that makes the viewer think.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean! I often find great deviations from people on my watchlist, and can't figure out how I must have missed them...

Actually, what you said about the contrast between the warm sun and the snow covered surrounding made me think of another pic I took from this exact same spot, which shows the same scenery, but the atmosphere is so completely different, I'm amazed myself: [link]
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BajuszGG Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Az nem Japán? :o
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hát, nekik a kelö nap van a zászlójukon, de azért a city of the rising sun nem magát japán-t tartalmazza :)
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Mopar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Commenting before I read your comments (trying it different)

This photo is so....moody. VERY nice. Inspiring.

The sun hidden by the smoke/steam is a very nice touch...though I'm not sure if it's "pretty" thing, or an "ugly" thing. :) :( ?? That must have been a tough shot to get the sun behind that plume!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure whether it's pretty or ugly, I just liked the effect of it in this scenario :)

In a sense, I consider it as nice that the sun isn't all that bright like this, as otherwise, it would just be another stereotyical sunrise shot. But with the sun blocked like this, the glinting rails and the entire surrounding get much more exposure, it looks way nicer, at least to my mind :)
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p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
:wow: The sunny-smoky thing makes the land look really spectacular like it was enlightened by a giant flame :thumbsup:

SUN: Cough, cough, you really had to build that thing right in front of my face?
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I also quite liked the lighting :)

And the sun can just move away, can't it? ;)
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Vesko-from-Munich Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Absolut spektakuläres Bild, Kompliment für Gelingen!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke sehr! :) Hab wegen dem tollen Licht hunderte von Bildern von der Stelle gemacht ;)
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AlexStiff Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.:o
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes? :D
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AlexStiff Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really cool.beautiful,great photo!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much! :)
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Rolling stock and locomotive shortages? That would be the obvious answer but it would be interesting if it was here for some other reason...

Also, power plant that runs on rubbish? A waste-to-energy plant I presume? ;) Many powerplants in the UK had their own steam/diesel locomotives for shunting coal trucks to various places on stabling lines within the plant complex, the only two I know for definet that did this are Agecroft and Chadderton, both stations are long gone but two locomotives I know survive... :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess a train had to be repaired or something, and it was easier and faster to just use a train from another line instead of taking apart the usual train to get the defective car out and to the shop without delaying everything.

I shall correct the description to feature the more reasonable sounding waste-to-engery plant :D We also had many coilleries, coke plants and power plants with many kilometers of rails at their disposal, and most of it is demolished or left to rust in peace... I should find a pic of Zollverein's former railyard and upload it sometime...

And thanks for the fave by the way! :)
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Not a problem. :)
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome glints!
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