Shooting Challenge: 5 Eerie Rail Shots

I can't quite put my finger on why, but there's something about train tracks that feel quintessentially Australian. Five readers got in on this week's shooting challenge to illustrate this truth using contrast and HDR effects. Check out the photo submissions and their accompanying stories below.

Sean O'Sullivan

I went to shoot some pics for this competition yesterday on a railway bridge when waiting for the train, I looked over and saw this filthy ground, it looked like a dirty beach, and the irony is that there was a “green eco-bag” that is pink in this case, with a LandCare logo!

And it is on land that is never going to be used for any other purpose, so the care seemed to me even more poignant, it will most likely for all of Australia’s future be for rail usage. It was wrong, and yet ohh so right.

I call this photo “RaiLAandCare”

Shot on a Sony a65 18-55mm at 20mm, 2.0x magnification, 1/6” shutter, 100 ISO.

Michelle Fewings

I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 with scene mode set to film grain. It was just a random photo taken while waiting for the train. Home is in the direction the photo leads. The other way heads to work, on a weekend, really not where I wanted to go after working all week.

Jack Powell

I received a new wide-angle lens (Sigma 10-20mm 1:4-5.6 EX DC HSM) for my birthday so I went out the other day nice and early to get this shot at the train tracks in Tamworth. Shot using my Pentax K10d with the Sigma lens in HDR using Photomatix 3 for the processing of the five images. This was my first HDR attempt using a tripod.

Simon Sheldon

This is the end of a 3 metre section of what used to be the Inner Circle Railway line in North Fitzroy. There are a number of these odd little sections left in the bike path that has taken it's place. As you can see there used to be a tree growing between the old rails that was taken out recently when the path was widened. Nikon D7000 Sigma 30 f1.4 1/250 f 6.3

David Bird

This photo was taken looking towards Queenbeyan from Hume on the Canberra-Michelago tourist line. The photo was shot on a Canon 1000D, and I used HDRtist Pro to process three images into the final image.