HooverTung
19 Comments | Report
 
Inspire4More January 08, 2016
Gorgeous!
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
PRO+
 
leslielynn June 28, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
PRO+
 
leslielynn June 28, 2016
Absolutely awesome
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
 
ShifraG June 28, 2016
Stunning! Congratulations!
HooverTung June 29, 2016
Thank you!
 
jdoldrodder July 29, 2016
Beautiful, love this.
HooverTung August 04, 2016
Thanks JD
 
HenriKateH October 17, 2016
Amazing photo, love the effect of the sun at the end of the tracks
HooverTung December 03, 2016
Thanks Henri
 
HooverTung December 03, 2016
Check out more of my photos at instagram.com/hoovertung
 
bijayagurung April 27, 2017
Spectacular photograph my friend
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thank you Bijay!!
 
jamesbird_7014 September 09, 2017
Absolutely stunning
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thanks James!!
 
Natural17 November 13, 2017
Magnificent capture!!!
HooverTung November 13, 2017
Thank you so much!
PRO+
 
JayneBug November 20, 2017
Amazing job.
 
davidparkhurst November 20, 2017
Very good
PRO
 
FredericMONIN November 21, 2017
GREAT landscape and colors !!!
 
Superman2772 November 21, 2017
Awesome shot
PRO+
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
 
neelsvisser July 11, 2018
Beautiful picture i love the colors
PRO
 
mechebenz October 21, 2018
Wow! Really beautiful capture - I specially love the deep colors.
 
greggorydobisch November 16, 2018
Beautiful shot
PRO
 
conlot01 Aug 13
Excellent 👏👏

Happy Endings



Happy Endings
https://instagram.com/hoovertung
Happy Endings
https://instagram.com/hoovertung
Read less

Views

4373

Likes

Awards

Contest Finalist in Beautiful Sunrises Photo Contest
Top Shot Award
Contest Finalist in Towards The Horizon Photo Contest
People's Choice in Empty Railways Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Empty Railways Photo Contest
Member Selection Award
Featured
Contest Finalist in Right Down The Middle Photo Contest
  View more
Peer Award
Superb Composition
+86
Absolute Masterpiece
+63
Top Choice
+48
Magnificent Capture
+21
Outstanding Creativity
+11
All Star
+9
Superior Skill
+2
Virtuoso
Genius

Emotions

Impressed

Submitted to Photo Contests

Top ClassTM

Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 20 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 20 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 3
Top 20 class week 2
Top 20 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 2
Top 10 class week 1
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 30 class
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1
Top 30 class
Top 10 class
Top 10 class week 1

Categories


Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Maricopa, Arizona, USA where the train tracks cut across the north side of this small town.
Time
This was taken on November 12, 2015, at 6:32 PM (ignore the meta data, forgot to change time zone) which was shortly after the sun fell below the mountains in the far distance.
Lighting
I just happen to came across the scene while the sunset was quickly fading away. I noticed the reflection of light on the train tracks leading me to the silhouetted mountains. This was the moment I knew this was the shot I wanted.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D750 body along with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens. With the lens, I used a Hoya HD Glass 8-layer Multi-Coated Circular Polarizing filter which really helped draw out the clouds that were otherwise faint. Unfortunately, this was one of the few times I left my tripod behind since I wasn't planning on staying out so late. To steady the camera, The first thing I did was to ensure I had VR switched on from the lens. I then took off both of my shoelaces and wrapped one around my neck and the other around my belt. From there I took both ends of the laces and tied it to my tripod release plate. I then held the camera in front of me while having some tension from my neck and belt to my camera and very slowly pressed the shutter button. This wasn't going to replace a tripod, but it was the best I was able to do while shooting at 1/50th of a second.
Inspiration
I was visiting my brother in a small town in Arizona and had decided to catch a ride using Lyft (peer-to-peer ride-sharing company similar to Uber) to the local casino (Ka Ching). It was easier enough to find a ride going there, but unfortunately, there wasn't a single driver around to bring me back to where I was staying. After 30 mins of failing to find a ride, I decided to walk back with the directions Google Maps had provided. After nearly an hour and 30 minutes of walking, I noticed the sun setting and I was tired and very disappointed I wasn't going to be able to capture that beautiful golden blanket in the sky. Not long after, I made a right turn and noticed the train tracks in the distance. When I got to the middle of the tracks, I knew this was a photo I wanted to capture. Knowing I only had just a few minutes to salvage what was left of golden hour, I quickly pulled out my camera and sprung into action. Yes, a 15 min car ride turned into a dreadful 2 hours of walking, but at the end, it was all worth it! Hence, the photo title "Happy Endings". This was one sunset I'll never forget.
Editing
Since I was shooting at 1/50th of a second, 400 ISO, F10, the photo was underexposed. Using Adobe Lightroom, I had boosted up the 'Exposure' a bit, along with the 'Shadows', 'Whites' and 'Saturation' within the Basic panel. A bit of vignetting was added to draw the attention down the middle and lastly the crop tool was used to correct the slight tilt in the horizon.
In my camera bag
Along with my Nikon D750, I never leave home without the Nikon 24-120mm lens which is attached to my camera most of the time. I also carry a Nikon 50mm F1.8 prime lens for them rare occasions I need to shoot wide open in a dark or crowded location. And of course what every landscape enthusiast needs is a tripod. I'm currently using "Manfrotto 054 Magnesium" Ball Head mounted with a "Manfrotto 190 Go!" tripod. Let's not forget the filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer and a Breakthrough X3 ND 10-stop, MRC16 filter. Other accessories are two spare batteries, two spare 128gb SD cards, a "Bower" LCD timer and remote shutter release, "Foxnovo" disposable raincoat for myself, an "Altura" camera jacket and of course a few bags of silica beads to help minimize the moisture that may be trapped in the camera bag.
Feedback
Although this photo wasn't planned, it's ideal to wait for a day when there are nice clouds in the sky. It’s really the type clouds that set the mood of the photo. And of course, you should always have a tripod with you when shooting with a slow shutter speed, but when you're in a situation where you do not have a tripod with you, don't forget you can always use your shoelaces as I had used for this photo.

See more amazing photos, Follow HooverTung