Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York


 The Tram – Then and Now

The Roosevelt Island Tramway opened in 1976 and was a very unique and new mode of transportation for NYC.  It connected Roosevelt Island in the East Rive where several new apartment complexes were just built to 59 street in Manhattan.  In 5 minutes you were in midtown.  The first summer it was opened all New Yorkers had to go and take a ride on it just for the experience.   I had started college in Manhattan at the New York Institute of Technology (where I met a life long friend – Jim Fredriksson) and made time one afternoon to run over and take a ride on it.  I can still remember that June day in 76 crystal clear 35 years later. I always was dragging a camera to school and had it with me.

I knew that I wanted to use the Tram for my transportation shot and went downtown Saturday Morning to take a few shots.  Looking at them, I had this déjà vu feeling and went and dragged out my old B&W negatives and sure enough, there it was from 35 years ago. The tram runs next to the 59th street bridge which is a whole other transportation story.

Then to further prove that great minds think alike see Gladys’s photo below which came in after I had posted mine into the thread.

1976- Nikon F Ftn Nikkor 85mm 1.8 MF lens on TRI-X scanned on Nikon ED 4000 scanner                                                                                                                                         

 2011- D300 18—200 dx VR at 32mm  1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 320

Tags: Roosevelt Island tram, tramway, unique transportation NY, 59th Street bridge


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona                                 


the morning Mist

A Seattle ferry comes in to dock as a container ship leaves the port.

Pentax k20d + Tamron 28-75 @ 38mm, F/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 200, EV + 0.3


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina


Hello All
A suburban train in my hometown. 

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm @18mm
ISO 200 – f 13 – 1.0 sec

Tags: night train, commuters,



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

This small ferry going across a fjord in 10 minutes can carry 8 cars and save the drivers 150km driving. It sails between to summer resorts so at this time of the year only few travellers uses it.

All the best                                                                                                                                          Jens


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia


  Hm…   Transportation, I have plenty of transportation photos. But I’ve decided to go for somewhat different transportation. 🙂 This one was taken almost three years ago with a plastic underwater camera, you know, the ones you would by in supermarkets. 🙂 The film was 400 Asa of unknown brand. 🙂

Pozdrav,Filip.                                                                                                                                            fotke:                                                                                                                     Moj blog: 

tags: boat, sea, underwater


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi


“Dudie’s Diner” – How does it relate to transportation?  It began life as a Memphis streetcar.  It was converted to a diner in 1947, and was famous for 10 cent hamburgers.  I can remember buying hamburgers at Dudie’s when I first started to work in Tupelo 25 years ago.  It’s current home is the Oren Dunn City Museum at Ballard Park in Tupelo, MS.  The “Dudie Burger Festival” will be held April 30, 2011 featuring, of course, Dudie Christian’s Dudie “Dough” Burger.  The Oren Dunn City museum has very interesting exhibits representating the history of Tupelo, Lee County, and Northeast Mississippi.  There website is if you would like to learn more.
Nikon D5000, 18-55 F/3.5-5.6G, 18mm, F/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 640. 

Tags – Sharpshooters, Oren Dunn Museum, Dudie Burger, Tupelo festivals,


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York


4th of July, Southold Parade 2007 Archive

Canon EOS 20D

1/200s  f/10  ISO 400  No flash  28 mm


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia        

 As soon as I was aware the next photo feature special theme was ‘transportation’ I immediately knew I wanted to make an image involving bicycles as they are my favorite form of transportation. 
Despite my good intentions I failed to really come up with anything visually appealing / unusual or worthy of contribution so I have simply offered an older image of myself riding along a quiet, deserted country lane which is close to my home.  I faked the entire scenario by driving my bike and camera gear in my vehicle out to the quiet countryside lane, setting up the tripod and using the wireless remote to trigger the shutter as I rolled by the desired scene I had in mind.
I have a couple of bikes of which one is genuine transport (used in lieu of a vehicle) and another which is a pleasure cycle which I ride a few times every week.  I use my cycling time to clear my mind and relax.  Not only does the bicycle transport me from point A to point B but my mind is transported to a space where I can be alone, strategically think and problem solve.  The whole self riding portrait was a bit of a folly really but I do like this photo in particular – the peaceful scene really illustrates clearly the purpose I put this form of transportation to.


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan


 Hello all.  Thanks again for your kind words and thoughts to me and all those who suffered by the huge earthquake.  Like I said, Tokyo is in good shape, but controlled power outage is planned due to many troubles at the power plants as you see in the news.  I truly hope things settle down and all have normal life back again soon.  Anyway, this is my submission for “transportation” from my file.  I actually went to the Tohoku region, where this massive quake attacked most, in February and this was take at Tokyo station.  The bullet train I was taking to Morioka, Iwate.  I never thought, no one ever thought, that the day would come this way.  There is no plan for this bullet train line to resume service for now.  May take months.  Not much technical comment on the photo except that the color, light, reflection, and diagonal composition looks interesting.  Tribute to my recent memory for the region badly hit.
D700, 28-300 @68mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO200.

Tag: Shinkansen, bullet train, Tokyo station.


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

The original and oldest form of transportation, which seems to get less and less use…our feet. (Nikon D90/35mm @ 1/350, f/1.8, ISO 800)



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Since I live in Florida we don’t have any Pizza Hut delivery vehicles like this. I took this while in Mexico.

Nikon D200, 50mm F/8,1/125, ISO 500.


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

Mardi Gras Float.” Sometimes transportation is less about where you are going, but how you enjoy the ride.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 sec.


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                            For my transportation photo I’ve chosen an older photo of my husbands special car, E-Type Jaguar. I photographed his car many times by now, but this one was my first photo of more artistic nature. I look forward to seeing your photos.


Nikon D700, 24-70 @ ISO 200, 1/1600s, f/5.6


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

This is Gongguan MRT station in Taipei, located near National Taiwan University. I did this on a whim – asking my girlfriend to miss the busy train on the left so I could take a few longer exposures.

I’m looking forward to moving to Taipei next year – I love having access to the subway. 

Taken at f/8, 35mm at .6 exposure and an ISO of 200.  I was able to keep the camera still on a railing that made things very convenient.  I’m glad Ken is safe and wish all a good week! 

Tags: nikon, d5000, taipei, mrt, subway, 35mm, prime, transportation, train


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

First of all, as many of you have expressed as well- so happy that Ken and his family are all safe – the devastation in Japan is unbelievable- we also have friends in Japan who fortunately are in the southern part and thankfully also safe.  But we also have co-workers in various Japanes offices and hope/pray they are all safe as well.   

 This is the best I can do for the transportation shot- not your everyday accessible transport mode for sure though it would be extremely cool to hitch a ride on one of these jets.  This is a shot of the famed Blue Angels during a practice session at Pensacola NAS –  I shot this w/ my little Cannon powershot which has a decent zoom – not the greatest shot but I like it –  it took a lot of shots to capture this particular move so I was pretty happy.  If you are ever in the Pensacola area you need to check out the Blue Angels practice schedule at the NAS – the practice sessions are free and they are basically a complete run through of their air show performances – if the cloud/ceiling is too low you might see an abbreviated show – I’ve been fortunate to see the whole show several times and it is really cool!  We hv a place in Perdido Key so have the opportunity to get down there on short notice.
Take care everyone!


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

The Moo ver

Only in Vermont, the local bus system in the Mount Snow Valley is called the MOO ver.

Moo as in the sounds that cows make, the buses are painted to resemble cows.


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Transportation in Venice 


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

My post for transportation theme was taken two years minus one week ago (19th of March, 2009). I was at Brazil’s northernmost city   Oiapoque  and walking between the street of slums. I saw a man carrying one child and his other goods together in a cart. This was a candid shoot while they are approaching me. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Normal Program, @20mm, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.33


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

Sorry for my absence of late.  I have been so busy with life and work.  Here is a photo I shot from the car one day while sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the 59th Street Bridge on my way into NYC.  I was there so long I could plan taking a photo from the driver’s seat!  No specs on this one though.  I just wanted to make Joe happy and send one in!  I could have used a tram to lift me off the bridge that day…

Thanks to everyone for recent comments on my shots.  I will return to comment on others soon.  Your photos have been so wonderful, I am in awe.  Again, glad Ken is safe.



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

This is the Maersk Bering near the S.F. Bay Bridge, 3/10/2011 afternoon.

The Bering is Singapore flagged, 576 ft. in length, making it a medium sized chemical tanker ship. The Maersk Line fleet comprises more than 500 vessels and is commonly  seen in SF Bay, Port of Oakland.

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 400, 30mm, 1/2500, f/6.3.

My best thoughts and wishes to Japan and the Japanese and their continued recovery from the quake and tsunami.


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

In about 3 more years, this will be the transportation for someone. My wife and I run a small horse breeding farm (the horses aren’t small, but our operation is) and this guy was born last July. I took this shot in October so we could put pictures of him on our web site.

Anyway, this is my interpretation of transportation….

Nikon D300s, Nikor 35 – 70mm f2.8, 65mm, f11, 1/320 sec, spot metering


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ken.  Really glad to hear all is well with you and your loved ones.  I hope it stays  that way.

My shot is a hand held shot with a Nikon D3 married to a Nikkor 600 mm f/4 prime lens which I hired over the weekend to cover sport.  I now have a stunning appreciation of just how good the lens is.  The following shot was taken hand held with the shutter speed was cranked up to 1/4000 s at f/4 ISO 250 (and of course 600 mm).  The shot is the raw file converted to jpeg with no other processing.  The autofocus is super fast.  This lens is just over 5 kg.  A monopod or tripod is a must.  Because I had no support for pointing this thing skyward I had to hand hold the lens to get the shot of the plane.  The quality of the shot is directly attributable to the fast auto focus response of this lens.  My arms were fatigued after a few seconds of maintaining viewfinder contact with the target.


Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo is a current event of interest from somewhere in the world

The classic Car – Jeannean Ryman

The American’s preferred method of transportation. There has been a love affair with the car since it’s invention. This guy has done a beautiful job restoring this old one. I happened to be coming back from my evening walk when he drove by. There’s a railroad track at the end of the canal bank where I walk, and the angle sort of makes it seem like the car is on the track (use your imagination ;). It also looks like he’s not using his hands either! One hand is holding his cell phone and the other looks like it’s draped across the seat. =:o (Nikon D90/70-300mm VR @ 70mm – 1/125, f/8, ISO 250)


More classic – Alejandro Held

A detail of a Classic Car.

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm @200 mm
ISO 1250 – f 8 – 1/250

Tags: classic car,


The down side of Transportation – Joseph Leotta, Jr

She did it again – only 2 weeks after getting the car back, my sister rolled my father’s 4 runner onto it side yesterday in Vermont. That’s 2 accidents in 2 months.  A animal ran onto the road, she tried to avoid it and run up the snow bank and rolled the car onto its side.  1 car accident with no body hurt.  The car has even more damage this time to the same side that was just replaced  only 2 weeks old.  According to Joe Sr, she never is going to be allowed to drive again in her life.


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