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I recently posted a B/W image of a lonely stretch of empty railroad tracks taken on a gray wintery day. That image was criticized for being flat (which was my intention), for having no focal point (meaning, having no train on the tracks when it was taken) and for having no "action" (despite its not having been an action shot). I was happy with that image, still am.

However, the next morning I trekked to work with my camera intent on capturing a shot of train tracks with a moving train in action as its focal point. And here it is!

I took care to place the train in the upper left 1/3 power position, and to compose the frame with strong diagonals leading in from 1/3 positions at the top, at the bottom, and the side. The dusky sky created some added tension and restlessness, signifying the hour of departure, of going back home after a long day's work.

This is the "N" train running on the elevated portion the New York City Transit Sytem...coming from Astoria, Queens heading to Coney Island in Brooklyn by way of Long Island City (pictured) and Manhattan (where it operates under ground).

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