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Dusk over Rheindorf by shenanigan87 Dusk over Rheindorf by shenanigan87
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.

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Kialna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You see! :D This kind of pics tell a story, they send a feeling! They're not 'just' pictures of trains, but real photographs which give you a feeling, an emotion or just some amazement. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought so too, but it doesn't seem to be much more popular than "simple" locomotive shots somehow.
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Kialna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I rarely enter our forum's "Photo of the Month" competition anymore. Why? In the early days we were a team of friends, and we all voted for the best picture in total. We didn't really care about the train, but the composition, lightning and all.

Nowadays it's all about the train which is on it. It doesn't even matter if the train is even in sight. When it has a special locomotive or configuration, it's all hots. *sigh*
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, interesting for you to say that. I often post on DSO, and some of my threads were insanely popular. Others get hundreds of hits, I got thousands. Not because the photo was any good, but because it was a rare (and ugly) train. [link] And my Bender shots are very popular as well, since few people can get so close to disused locomotives. Back in the day, I used to end my threads with "Ich hoffe die Bilder haben euch gefallen", which some took as an invitation to tell me how much I suck. Now, I just say "Hoffe ihr fandet die Bilder interessant", or even say stuff like "and I shot it like this to annoy the pros". Some seem to think that it's super important to leave catenary poles unharmed (Masten abgeschnitten). I just asked whether he was a train or pole photographer...
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Kialna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*lolled* I have a great depth shot of our HSL without any train on it. But I really like it. Am I a pole photographer now? ;)

No I can totally understand where you're coming from. It annoys me. Because I'm a photographer. So are you. I can't understand why a bad picture of a 'rare' or 'unique' train is better, than a good composed and meaningful shot. But that's some logic only plane/trainspotters seem to have...
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Thrife Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
FUKKIN FAVED! D:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
*highfives*
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Thrife Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
<clapping-high-five-noises>
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