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Couldn't Resist

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 22 November 2009 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Couldn't resist putting up a few more train shots. Fiona loves the steam.

Today I give gratitude for being 74 years on the incredible Planet Earth. My life has been a phenomenal blessing. Thank you for sharing the journey.

The following is a quote from David duChemin's ebook, "Ten More." It's from the section "See with eyes; Shoot with the heart." It is my birthday gift to each of you. "The world in no way needs more mediocre photographs. What the world does need is more passionate photographs, images that begin life perceived by the eyes but expressed, through the camera, with the heart. If you’re going to create better photographs, begin with things about which you care deeply. If that’s the natural world and issues of conservation, show me. If it’s your children, then show me them. Photographing those things about which you are passionate does a couple of things. It shows me more of you. It shows me more of that thing you love. And it makes better photographs."

NIKON D700 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

love it! wonderful lighting and composition

22 Nov 2009 5:29am

PATRICK from miramas, France

i love it
excellent capture
have a good day

22 Nov 2009 5:59am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Arriving by train in a plume of smoke! The angle of view gives the appearance of an animal friendly and proud. I like the tone amber! Very Beau Jack!

22 Nov 2009 6:55am

@Mathilde Collot: Merci.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great light and colors, impactant! I like very much the scene and framing, and also this beautiful old machine.

22 Nov 2009 7:11am

@Paco Díaz: Gracias.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful capture! Don't you just love those old steam locomotives?

22 Nov 2009 7:21am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Happy Birthday to you !!! Thank you for the wonderful quote today and for the wonderful head of yellow steam. You just keep on chuggin' through life ...and don't stop taking those passionate photographs !!!

22 Nov 2009 7:42am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

look at all that beautiful smoke! or is it steam?
absolutely beautiful. jack.

22 Nov 2009 8:09am

@Seraphine: Thank you. Smoke, steam; you name it.

Irene from L C, France

Very good picture ! Happy Birthday Jack !

22 Nov 2009 8:12am

@Irene: Merci.

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

It's great to meet 74 years! Be glad of life! Having enthusiasm for this wonderful nature photograph ... Your precious steam engines! and teach it to others.
Thank you for your desire to live. Congratulations and continue as usual teacher. Affectionately Adela

22 Nov 2009 8:25am

@Adela Fonts Artús: Gracias.

Sylvie49 capture image! from Bords de Loire - Anjou, France

Seen in the television this week a report on steam trains in Germany.Then I thought of you.Happy birthday and good day.

22 Nov 2009 8:36am

@Sylvie49 capture image!: Merci.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great day and may the years to come be filled with lots of joy, happiness and love!
Beautiful capture. The golden steam is gorgeous. The light is simply fantastic. Very well done. 5 stars

22 Nov 2009 9:31am

@Anina: Many thanks.

zOOm from Paris, France

That's really it ! Wild Wild West ! Where's Calamity Jane ? ;-)

22 Nov 2009 9:46am

zOOm from Paris, France

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jack ! A lot, a lot of memorable good things for you. Joy, Happyness, Health... everything you need.
Mine is... next week. ! ;-)

22 Nov 2009 9:48am

@zOOm: Merci. What day is yours?

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Many happy returns of the day to you, Jack. What a photo to celebrate..what colours! Hope you have a lovely relaxing day!

22 Nov 2009 10:25am

@MrsAmber: Thanks. The kids and grandkids are coming for brunch. Mid-afternoon there is a symphony concert. Ellie and I had an elegant dinner out last night.

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

Happy Birthday. May God bless You, and keep You, may His face shine upon You, mayHe give You His peace.

What a wonderful light and steam!

22 Nov 2009 10:40am

@Mirjam: Thank you for your blessing.

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

Happy Birthday. May God bless You, and keep You, may His face shine upon You, mayHe give You His peace.

What a wonderful light and steam!

22 Nov 2009 10:40am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Certainly is awesome Jack! I love the light and warm tones!

22 Nov 2009 11:10am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you.

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Great capture, the light and the details are excellent, Happy Birthday to you !

22 Nov 2009 12:09pm

@Isabelle: Merci.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

You're 15 months ahead of me, so 'young man' - have a wonderfully Happy Birthday.
Hopefully Fiona will help you blow out your candles!
I love the steam too!

22 Nov 2009 1:33pm

@Judy: You sweet young thing!! Thank you. Fiona certainly won't have to be asked. There's a family brunch.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A spectacular shot in the late afternoon light. Love the billowing steam and golden tones.

22 Nov 2009 1:52pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon; and thank you for your BD wish on Facebook.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Taken as the sun is setting? That warm glow of red side lighting is just fantastic!

22 Nov 2009 1:54pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

well done ,good work :)

22 Nov 2009 2:42pm

oncho from granada, Spain


22 Nov 2009 2:59pm

zOOm from Paris, France

On wednesday Jack !

22 Nov 2009 3:00pm

@zOOm: If my mother were alive, hers would have been Thursday. My wife also is a Sagittarius, but hers is in December. Being on the cusp, I have felt like a Sagittarius the first half of my life and a Scorpio the second.

Don from spokane, United States

This is a fine action shot of the engine coming in. Love the ruddy sunlight and the billowing smoke/steam.
Congrats on the birthday... and many, many more.

22 Nov 2009 3:03pm

@Don: Thanks, Don.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Happy Birthday to you !!! This is absolutely outstanding!!!

22 Nov 2009 3:32pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

22 Nov 2009 3:46pm

@António Pires: Thank you.

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

Happy Birthday. This is a lovely shot, I love trains and this looks like an old western movie

22 Nov 2009 3:59pm

@BJ: Thank you.

mo.langel from Switzerland

A lot of good things for you!!!
Joy and Health
... and great capture!!!:)

22 Nov 2009 4:00pm

@mo.langel: Merci, dear Mo.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I'm with Fiona.....another beautiful shot, and that light....ummmmmmm...just delicious !!

and appears it's your birthday....Happy, Happy, Happy !!! Hope you have a great day!!!

22 Nov 2009 4:29pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

One believes to be last century. Miraculous admission with nice light!

22 Nov 2009 4:43pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Fantastique ! on se croirait dans un western !

22 Nov 2009 4:45pm

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Wow, I love the quote from David duChemin. How true and what a nice birthday day present from you to all of us. Happy, Happy Birthday. You're the same age as my darling husband. The picture is delicious and as Ray just said "what a beautiful engine, I would love to take a ride on one of those." Beautiful photography Jack, you must love trains.

22 Nov 2009 5:01pm

@Marion: Thank you. Actually all of the train stuff is because our photo arts guild went to Sumpter specifically for the one day of shooting the old trains on the Sumpter Railway; it was a day designed for photographers.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Happy Birthday! You have youthful, fresh but experienced photographic eye.

22 Nov 2009 5:11pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you, Michael.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nicely captured and well framed with great lighting..

22 Nov 2009 5:29pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Happy Birthday to you Jack ! best wishes from your french Am3 friend ! a beautiful picture in warm light and colors ! love the steam !

22 Nov 2009 6:13pm

@Anna.C: Merci, dear Anna. And thank you for your comments on my other recent photographs.

Julia from Athens, Greece

Happy birthday! Looking forward to many more great photos!

22 Nov 2009 6:15pm

@Julia: Thank you, Julia. Becoming connected to your blogsite has been a special birthday gift.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

an excellent capture, so very beautiful how the steam picks up the color from the sun.

A very happy birthday to you! Sounds like you have fantastic plans for today...enjoy :) and thank you for sharing such a wonderful quote...

22 Nov 2009 7:16pm

@bekkah: Many thanks, Bekkah.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very , very Happy Birthday to you , Jack :)) Wishing you all the best of this world :)) Health and Happiness, and then everything comes itself :)) My warmest hugs to you :)))

oh, and picture is so specially selected for you day ! I see you just like this locomotive - full of energy, desire, tireless :)))

22 Nov 2009 7:44pm

@MARIANA: Thank you, Mariana. Your warm hugs are especially appreciated on this day!

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Fantastic image with perfect soft warm light! Happy birthday and thanks for the great quote!

22 Nov 2009 9:18pm

@Scott F. Schilling: Many thanks, Scott. You and your work certainly have been one of the major gifts this past year.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Happy Birthday! I'm with Fiona on that cloud of steam. It's great in that fine warm light.

22 Nov 2009 10:26pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve. Fiona helped me blow out my candles.

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Happy birthday. Superb shot. I love the tones.

22 Nov 2009 10:41pm

@Vitor Martins: Thank you.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Well done, Jack. Well said, and well demonstrated. Trains seem to be a passion of yours. I also, love the steam. Great work you do, and hopefully love as well, at least that's what I feel from looking at your shots. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us.

22 Nov 2009 10:52pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura. Trains actually are not a passion of mine, but they became my passion for a day.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Happy birthday dear Jack !!!
Another lovely shot with warm pleasant colors

22 Nov 2009 11:20pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci, Evelyne.

Bill from Pacific Northwest, United States

Stunning shot, Jack.

23 Nov 2009 2:56am

JamesC from portland, United States

the REAL train, proud & proper, nice presentation.

23 Nov 2009 3:09am

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Happy Birthday Jack! And many more. What wonderful golden light on this train. it rocks!

23 Nov 2009 3:52am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barbara.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful colors and tones .... And Happy birthday !

23 Nov 2009 5:43am

@Didier DE ZAN: Merci

[email protected] from Paris, France

That red glow is marvelous, colors from the heart to accompany my : Happy Birthday to you, dear Jack***

23 Nov 2009 7:51am

@[email protected]: Merci, Karine.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The Old Lady is glorious in appearance and <breathing> well! Another Novemeber child.....there are so many on Aminus3! Though late, Happy Birtthday to you, Jack! And ...many more to come!

23 Nov 2009 8:04am

@Japanalia: Thank you.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

You don't have to resist at all ! Nice composition.

23 Nov 2009 8:57am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh dear, I missed the party!!!
Happy belated birthday Jack, stay healthy and keep on making beautiful pictures!!

23 Nov 2009 6:07pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

i love this ruddy light -- and the formation of the steam into a spiraling cloud -- beautiful!

23 Nov 2009 6:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful lighting. I feel like I'm in an old western.

23 Nov 2009 7:50pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Yeah... a magnificent pic for this day... congrats for your lovely shots every day, and happy birthday, Jack.

23 Nov 2009 10:28pm

@Francesc B.: Merci.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful light and colors, especially on the steam.
I am a little late but Happy Birthday Jack!!

23 Nov 2009 11:35pm

@akarui: Thank you.

Momo from Montpellier, France

Fiona is right...the train series has been a joy to see...

24 Nov 2009 4:31pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

the golden light is stunning!

24 Nov 2009 10:03pm

Claudia from Illinois, United States

Happy Birthday, Jack!! This photo...WOW!! Absolutely, stunningly perfect! I'm in awe. 5 stars most definitely. And I really love the quote you shared with us. It has encouraged because I am so very passionate about animals and sometimes I worry about "oh, here's another dog photo" but I'm going to put that nonsense out of my mind now. :)

25 Nov 2009 4:12pm

@Claudia: Thanks; it was gorgeous morning.

Daniel from Perpignan, France

C'est autre chose que les locomotives electriques !!!!!

25 Nov 2009 4:25pm

@Daniel: Merci.

Pomme from France

Bien belle machine...on a l'impression qu'elle va sortir de l'écran :)

25 Nov 2009 9:58pm

@Pomme: Merci.

Marie from FRESNES, France

un petit air d'autrefois, et de magnifiques couleurs.

28 Nov 2009 9:28pm

@Marie: Merci.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Glorious light Jack and a fantastic shot! Don't you just love David duChemin?? Do you have his books, Jack??

1 Dec 2009 6:37am

@Toni: Dave is a chief mentor of mine these days. I have all of his ebooks and his "Within the Frame."

Frances Berry from Athens, GA, United States

Jack, was this photo featured in a book? Or e-book? I recall seeing it but can't now find it. Just curious. Really lovely. And happy belated, belated birthday. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and knowledge.

11 Dec 2009 1:02am

@Frances Berry: Thanks, Frances. This is its first appearance in public.