Railroad Crossing Sunset, Northern Arizona, 2005
Not too long before I finally took this picture I was set up with my 4x5 large format camera miles down the road preparing to photography another scene altogether. Unfortunately the light collapsed on me and shot I was hoping for never happened. I packed my gear and hit the road heading east towards New Mexico. In my mirror I noticed the sky changing towards the west and quickly turned around. The area of Northern Arizona I was in was devoid of any decent foreground subject matter and I knew a picture with just sunset was not much to look at and I desperately needed a subject in the foreground. Eventually while doing 80mph down a 2 lane road I caught site of this railroad crossing off to my right (to the north). My normal MO would have been to jump out of the car, set up and mount my camera on a tripod and start clicking away. However when I pulled up there was a sign overhead that said "Danger: High Voltage - 50,000 volts!" That was enough of a warning for me to realize I was better insulated staying put in the car on rubber tires. This image was captured inside the car (window down) with my camera resting on the door.