Photographer's Note

It is almost dusk, the electric lights are already switched on and the Villa Real de San Antonio – Lisbőa express train is ready to leave under a cloud covered Algarvian sky.
This stock of 4 stainless steel carriages is fronted by the rakish and powerful 1900 series diesel locomotive. It’s built by Alsthom in France and is the equivalent of the SNCF 7200 loc.
Due to the combination of the low sun, the dark sky and the bright locomotive it’s a dramatic scene. I shot it with the wide angle converter (16 mm) – the effect is that the train seems to be ready to virtually jump off the tracks. And who’s shadow is that on the platform? Not much as a selfportrait I'm afraid ;-)
I guess I'm starting a Portguese railroad series here.

PS-E2 tech: rotated , corrected for some of the barrel distortion, levels, cropped, saturated (master and red , saturated and despeckeled the sky, fill flashed selected shadow parts, sharpened (the whole pic and parts with the sharpen brush) and saved for the web.
added on 8 Febr 2005:
A link to a photo from Fernando (Galmeida) of the speeding electric brother of this locomotive is here

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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