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  #240 Tracks and Trails
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Missing Tracks       ©2020 Maike13
Sony DSC-RX100M7       2nd place, 157 points
1/50s, f8, ISO 1600, 46mm, Aperture Priority, Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Cloned out a few distracting spots; Cropped; Downsized; Sharpened.       Extra Info: None
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Jan 5, 2021
    This was my #1. Great idea and so well photographed.

Jan 5, 2021
    Congratulations Maike - I really appreciated your whimsical and technically excellent approach to the theme.

Jan 5, 2021
    Congrats - I liked the mirror effect, it also mirrors the way most kids like to play with these beautiful wooden train sets. Causing a wreck gets adults to pay attention - smart kids.

Jan 5, 2021
    Thanks Jade. I suspect some thought, with some justification perhaps, that Steve's shot emphasized the tracks better than mine. I should probably have resisted the melodramatic positioning of the train and placed it at the far end of the lower section of track, slightly blurred, to try to increase the emphasis on the track. I'm pretty pleased with 2nd though, as I really thought I'd end up sitting this one out, as this was very much a last minute inspiration, and turned out much better than I'd anticipated.

Jade O.
Jan 4, 2021
    I had this one on top. Flawless to my eye. Congrats on 2nd place. It bothers me a bit you lost to a sort of sunset shot!

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Jan 4, 2021
    Thanks so much for all the kind comments. I was having a bit of photographer's block trying to think of a suitable subject for this challenge and this didn't occur to me until late Wednesday, so it was a bit if a rush trying to get the shot looking decent. Fortunately we have a glass coffee table which makes a useful reflective surface, if you put a sheet of black paper under the glass and a white sheet of paper held behind the scene provided a nice neutral background.

Jan 4, 2021
    Good one - that's what you get for letting adults play with toys.

Jan 2, 2021
    Cute idea. well shot. Love the s-curve. The reflective surface nicely fills areas that otherwise could be dead space.

Jan 2, 2021
    This is absolutely my top favourite! I love the pieces, the way you have composed them and the humour.

Jan 2, 2021
    Great composition, especially with the reflections. Nice and bright, detailed, and well suited to the theme.

Jade O.
Jan 2, 2021
    Well taken and a little melodramatic...I would have been just as happ with an intact bridge.

Jan 2, 2021
    Made me smile. Excellent - I like the reflections and the plain background.

Old Finn
Jan 2, 2021
    Funny picture. Suits to the topic. In my favs.

Jan 1, 2021
    Great idea. This image sums up 2020 IMHO/ Well done.

Jan 1, 2021
    I love this shot! Great set up and beautifully shot. Will be very high in my favs.

Jan 1, 2021
    SteveBee: I wish I could claim to be that clever but I hadn't even thought of that :-). I agree it would make a great metaphor for 2020 though. This was actually inspired by our younger Grandson. His favourite use for this train track is to see how spectacular a train wreck he can cause trying to leap the train across a gap between the bridge spans.
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Jan 1, 2021
    Very cute and relatable image. A metaphor for how 2020 went off the tracks?

Jan 1, 2021
    Oh my! Another mishap in 2020. Nice idea for the challenge, I was going to break out my old slot car set, but didn't have time. Nicely shot, good lighting, clarity, and with the added "drama" of the bridge being out!

Dec 31, 2020
    Amusing and on theme.

Dec 31, 2020
    a great indoor shot well executed
the eye line of the track to the "crashed" engine
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