I have this strange urge to be different from before, in terms of photography. There's this feeling that my train shots have gotten way too repetitive and uncreative, but this begs the question of whether one should abandon the topic completely, or just do it differently. My recent poll seems to conclude that most people do like my work, and those who don't have not bothered to comment.
Truth is, I've seen some very beautiful wildlife photography here on dA, especially the work of *thrumyeye
had me utterly stunned. And hooked on red foxes for that matter. I did wonder whether there are any in my region, since I remember how there used to be signs, warning of rabies, and about how one should not touch vaccinated bait. But I haven't ever seen one in almost 20 years of living here, and looking at how there were outright rabbit plagues in the past, the red fox does seem to avoid Leverkusen. Perhaps they're all footie fans, and don't like our club. Still, I could at least give animals another shot (pun intended).
Like my visit to the zoo, it ended with frustration. Unlike trains, cars, or even high voltage pylons, you can't really predict what animals are going to do, and they seem to think "Hey, look at that wanker, about to change his lens! Let's split!" I did have my sights on a gray heron (and some rabbits of course) but they all managed to get away before I could get a proper angle. This also showed me that my camera is not really suited for low light situations at all, in terms of shutter speed vs. iso noise (both lousy).
So, I went back to good old man-made objects. And you know I'm a sucker for those.
What we have here then is a party obscured sun, giving us a nice and colourful illumination of a third generation ICE trainset, rushing through Leverkusen-Rheindorf. The avid railfan will have noticed that it lacks a DB logo on its nose, clearly showing that it's one of the units operated by the Dutch Railways.
This is also the spot where I took my first ever sunrise-train pics, with a rather lousy compact camera.