Chuckanut Tunnel



The coal trains run here, and the tunnels prevent double stacking of freight containers.

The coal trains run here, and the tunnels prevent double stacking of freight containers.
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ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography December 16, 2014
like this one!
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gnome July 15, 2015
Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
This area is in Northwest Washington near a state route called Chuckanut Drive a very scenic and twisty roadway along cliffs that drop down to Chuckanut Bay, a part of Puget sound. A steep and narrow side road leads down to the water and an oyster growers market where one can buy very fresh shellfish like clams, dungeness crab and oysters. This set of rails run next to the pot-holed road leading to the market.
Time
Early afternoon found me craving oysters from this great spot.
Lighting
The middle of the fall in this area often treats one with sullen skies, fog and light rain. Such was the case this day. As ISO 1600 might suggest, light was low.
Equipment
I snapped this with a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS25, a pocket camera equipped with a 20X zoom I carried at the time. The shot was hand-held, no flash.
Inspiration
The weather was not what one would call pleasant. Quite cool and enough enough light rain to make me think twice, but something compelled me to take a few shots. There are a lot of trains per day on this track, so I was nervous about being on my knees and elbows with my back toward the direction from which trains come at this time of day. I did not spend as much time as I might have liked under other conditions. Besides, there were fresh chilled oysters in the car.
Editing
Post was minimal with some white balance and a bit of cropping.
In my camera bag
I take my D750 along if I think there might be photo ops. That means I also carry a 50mm 1.8 Sigma Art and at least my 70-200 f4 Nikon. I might also take the 12-24 wide angle. I recently gave the Lumix to a family member, but am looking to replace it with some other pocket camera that I can always have with me, you know, in my pocket.
Feedback
For me, having been an amateur for many years and always finding myself on the trail of improvement, I now see things through a lens pretty much all the time. There are often opportunities to capture something I see that I really like, but can't get to. Can't stop on the freeway, can't get off the airplane or train. So now, more and more. If I can, I grab a shot, trying to not let opportunities slip by. I am sometimes pleased with the results. If you can, grab the shot.

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