A picture I took while standing on a bridge just before the European soccer championship 2008 started in Austria. The ÖBB (Austrian Railways) painted one Taurus each in the colours of the participants.
I tweaked the picture a bit to get a tilt shift effect because the original was a bit boring.
Notice the small red speck in the background? One of the engines got derailed just before they could line all of them up.
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
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.
Main signal at Duisburg Central, displaying Hp 0 - Halt!
Another shot taken during my commute today. Kinda liked the unusual lighting, as well as the signal being in the dead center. Not to mention the snow that was falling at this point, and the DMU's red taillights to the left.
The weather was kinda extreme today... It was snowing all morning, then it turned cloudless while we were performing our experiment (thermoemission of electrons), and finally, amidst an almost epic sunset, another load of snow came down. It was snowing so much that I had to take shelter under the station roof, in order to avoid my camera getting too wet. It was very fascinating to say the least, all those different colours, the warmth of the sun, and how it disappeared all of a sudden, the severe snowfall that followed... I think the most memorable scene was going past the runway at Düsseldorf International. There was a large hole in the cloud cover, allowing a clear view of the red horizon, with millions of snowflakes whirling about. The runway was brightly illuminated, populated by bustling snow-clearing equipment with their flashing amber lights...
A class 120 electric tilting through an elevated curve while thundering through Leverkusen-Rheindorf, pulling an InterCity train at 125mph. I only had this rather bad quality photo of such an engine in my gallery, so I thought it would be interesting. Built between 1987 and 1989, this was the first mass produced engine ever to use 3-phase asynchronous drive motors and regenerative brakes, so pretty much all newer engines like the 101 or the ICE trains took advantage of the knowledge gathered from this one here. For more technical babble, see that other photo.
I really liked this pic due to the close crop and the dynamic look of the tilting train. And you know I love close crops with a large portion of the pic being taken up by the engine, even more so if it's tilted. I must admit that my last submissions weren't very creative, but even if I'm not that willing to experiment with lighting or composition at the moment, I can still supply good quality train photos. And I believe that shots like the last few, or this one for that matter, still set themselves apart from the standard roster shot, don't you think?