One of the joys of travelling in Sri Lanka is riding the trains.
This picture was taken on that slow hill country train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, choogling through the tea planations.
Ella is a small village up in the hill country. It's in a very beautiful area with great walks in the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of guesthouses and it's also one of the best places in the country for food.
Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka, it was built by the British who enjoyed the cool (cold) climate, the mist, the rain and the European-style vegetables that grew up there.
so many train song titles to pick from...train kept a rollin'?
"This Train", also known as "(This Train Is) Bound for Glory", is a traditional American gospel song first recorded in 1922. Although its origins are unknown, the song was relatively popular during the 1920s as a religious tune, and it became a gospel hit in the late 1930s for singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
very bravely shot, one hand holding on to the moving train,
with wife and child warning me to please, please watch out
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dta (78558) 2011-10-11 1:16
Hello Benny ,
Tu as un réel talent pour nous emporter en voyage avec tes clichés . Qui mêlent éléments humains parfaitement mis en scène dans des décors assez cinématographiques . C'est le cas ici , avec cett homme à la fenêtre du train rouge qui s'enfonce dans la jungle embrumée .
sevy (58) 2011-10-11 1:39
Original poinf of view and well used inside the frame of this red train on the tight slopes of the misty forest.
Nice to have the 2 peoples in foreground, looking through the window.
yquem46 (38752) 2011-10-11 1:44
Nice shot of the train in the curve with these 2 people watching out of the window
I think that the milky gray sky participates well to the mood of the place
baclama (18832) 2011-10-11 2:34
j'aime ces photos de train prises du train...
cette prise permet un beau portrait dans un superbe paysage...
j'aimerais faire un jour la meme!
ashres (1055) 2011-10-11 3:55
Excellent shot. The addition of that boy's head is very great and its a type of shot I liked the most. Such inclusion will bring the life into the photo, it reflects the atmosphere there the really fills the picture with feelings. It seems he is bored by the long journey with train or may be dreaming about the destination. You may would like to rotate the picture little bit to the right but its always an optional post-processing. Great shot my friend
have a great time
npecanhuk (75502) 2011-10-11 5:15
I love pictures with trains on a curve!
Here I love the presence of people!
I also really enjoyed the colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
wolf38 (31296) 2011-10-11 5:32
Hello Benny. A spontaneous snapshot. Well seen and presented. I see that you are being watched closely. I also like the vibrant colors of red and green. Very nice. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Nicou (143158) 2011-10-11 5:41
gànaile cadrage et effet comme le train penche superbe compoa vec ce jeu qui regarde le payasage, fantastique compo super image.
Bravo et amitié
ilghiz (708) 2011-10-11 6:17
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2011-10-11 6:34
Fantastic POV! Nice color contrast too, and the inclusion of the boy to the framing is really nice! TFS!
All the best,
pipstar (110) 2011-10-11 9:21
Great perspective of the train ride in the hills with the two passengers in the foreground.
brianmcc (6219) 2011-10-11 10:15
love the viewpoint of this picture. the curved train carriages are superbly placed. the colours are excellent.
leo61 (0) 2011-10-11 11:07
When I was there,the railway was closed for tourists,because of terrorists and bomb alarm.....
A pitty for the overexposed sky,but we are in the tropics.
Excellent composition with this boy at the window next to you.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-10-12 12:29
Wonderfull idea my friend!
fotka (4477) 2011-10-13 10:37
It is a nice shot taken from the train's window on the curve. The photo has great contrast between red train and green vegetation. Good colors, light and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing and all the best,
bostankorkulugu (42430) 2011-10-14 7:37
the composition is just perfect... makes me feel like i was in that train too... congrats mister...
zanzi (13690) 2011-10-16 2:32
Perfectly composed shot.
I like the vivid colors.
At first, I was surprised by the unnatural tilt of both the train and the trees but it works.
dkmurphys (59243) 2011-10-17 3:15
Fine POV from that amazing train. I guess it was quite an experience to ride that road. Nice scene, have a great week.
ikeharel (72191) 2011-10-20 3:12
A fine take as the train take a curve in a forest area, with contrast red on green.
The people watch from window add lovely ambiance.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-21 5:31
Very well done and very risky one too..
You have tried well and thats why full points from my side..Kudos..nice POV and very sharp shot.
I know how difficult to take this kinda shot while in train.
scalerman (26900) 2011-10-28 10:05
B: another great one - I'll be checking this place on the map.... have a great weekend... c
mayjayne (6126) 2011-11-05 20:38
I would certainly say that this was a very BRAVE shot. But thank you for that - as it allows us the have a glimpse of the scenic train ride. I would like to find the time to do one such ride one of these days. Saw the Shwenyaung-Thazi train winding its way through the hills in the Shan state in Burma - that should be an interesting one...
sayeed_rahman (6441) 2011-12-18 1:44
great shot benny, remided me of the famous photo by raghu rai -
the curves are tempting and being alert help. similar face, but his one more interested in making it to the camera. great series of photos benny, great transiton from what i saw earlier. or maybe you didnt select the right ones earlier. great example of making good photos even with the simplest equipment. a lesson for all
good sunday bro
serp2000 (44290) 2014-02-22 9:08
Hi again, Benny,
This is very interesting photo from Sri Lanka. Excellent title, great point of view and very nice grenn&red colors combination. Greta timing shot! TFS!