CPR – Breaking a Rule

One of the first things I picked up when learning photography is to NEVER shoot railroad tracks because they’ve been done to death and just aren’t original…it was actually one of Scott Kelby’s five rules for what NOT to shoot (including cats, flowers and two others that I can’t quite recall now)…. However, when in Banff I just couldn’t resist. I was driving along the Bow Valley Parkway and noticed the tracks were running alongside of the road. Mountains were at both ends of the tracks and I just felt like something had to be there.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has been around since the late 1800s. They own around 14,000 miles of track running the length of Canada from Vancouver to Montreal. Alot of history on these tracks.

I went over to the tracks and shot a number of shots, angles, etc… I liked this angle because the first fraction of the frame is out of focus and the low angle leads your eye right back and into the mountains in the distance. Unfortunately, shooting mid-day isn’t ideal but you have to make the best of each situation.

Photo of the Day – Tracks to Nowhere

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6 thoughts on “CPR – Breaking a Rule

  1. Love the angel on this photo .. with the rail leading up to the mountain. There is loads of things we should waste our time on – or camera, but it all depends how they are taken. I love rails .. because they are leading somewhere .. somewhere unknown. Brilliant shot in my book, not an expert – but I like it a lot.

    • That’s my thought too – I like how they are leading you to the future and you don’t know where that future will take you but you are excited to go. One of my favorite quotes from the movie inception is:

      “I’ll tell you a riddle. You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?

      Because we will be together

      One of my favorites and very true. 🙂

      • Wonderful quote and so true … I love when there is something there in front of me .. and I know very little about .. the same with a road with a bend – what will be behind it …. that plays with my imagination.

  2. Love it and I love train track photos. I also like the out of focus/fuzzy feel of the foreground – it feels like a hot, shimmering day especially contrasted with the softness and coolness of the shade of the mountain.

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