Watching the Sunrise at Bort Road


Railroad tracks form what photographers describe as a leading line. The term refers to the linear nature of something that leads the viewer into an image, often its focal point.

In this image, the railroad tracks to the right side of the image lead toward the rising sun near North East, Pennsylvania. The tracks belong to Norfolk Southern and are part of its Cleveland-Buffalo line.

The view is looking toward Interstate 90 and the New York border is a short distance from my location atop an old one-lane wood bridge carrying Bort Road over the CSX railroad tracks that  you can’t see.

I didn’t intend to make images here of the sun rising. It just worked out that way because by happenstance I arrived just before the sun rose. Some of the better images you make have that back story to them.

I was here and I wasn’t going to allow a photographic opportunity go to waste. Besides, I had time to kill before getting that photograph that I had come here to get, which was Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited cruising along at track speed.

Yes, I did get it and it worked out well.

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