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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum Yesterday, 09:19 PM
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Posted By KevinM
I submit 5:7 ratio shots all the time. 1024 x...

I submit 5:7 ratio shots all the time. 1024 x 731 pixels. Never had one bounced for that.

Just out of curiosity, was that shot with a Canon product? The sky just has a sort of "Canon" look to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum Yesterday, 01:35 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
My pet peeve is photographers who post 25+ images...

My pet peeve is photographers who post 25+ images of the same special train or event.....and use the same, lame caption for every last one. Then, 6 months later, they'll post a few more....and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-03-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
Holy rose-colored glasses, Batman!! Yikes,...

Holy rose-colored glasses, Batman!!

Yikes, that is really strange! On my work laptop, both of Bernie's images have a strong....I mean STRONG, pink color-cast. But when I look at them on an...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-31-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
I suspect that folks may be mistaken in assuming...

I suspect that folks may be mistaken in assuming that RP.net's ONLY "raison d'etre" is to simply showcase the best quality photos on the net, from a technical perspective. While I think that's what...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-29-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,725
Posted By KevinM
Jim, You've got better eyes than me. I...

Jim,

You've got better eyes than me. I likely would never have seen that stem and honestly, I still hadn't seen it in Mike's frame until you pointed it out. I just don't have an eye for that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-23-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,725
Posted By KevinM
I think the key in shooting an image like that is...

I think the key in shooting an image like that is to use a long telephoto, so the foreground is more or less in focus, and the train is sharp. Things get more difficult if the foreground...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-22-2020, 01:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,725
Posted By KevinM
I'd be very interested in folks' opinions on...

I'd be very interested in folks' opinions on this. When you have a prominent foreground element, and the train is in the background, where do YOU put the focus point? I have tended to lean toward...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-12-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,725
Posted By KevinM
:lol: Amen! I had exactly the same mental...

:lol: Amen! I had exactly the same mental picture, when V2.0 and V3.0 suddenly appeared several months after the first one got the SC/PoTW/PCA. IMHO, V1.0 was the best, by far. It's not always...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-10-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,725
Posted By KevinM
WRT that #2 shot, it seems that the home page...

WRT that #2 shot, it seems that the home page displays of Top Shots, SCs, PoTW, To24, etc. don't properly handle vertical format shots. The taller and narrower, the more distorted they look. I'm...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-20-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
Those are nice, Doug. I think that some of the...

Those are nice, Doug. I think that some of the RP contributors could take a lesson from these. You don't need (or want) to be at the maximum operating altitude of your drone to get the optimum...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-18-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
Everything has its place. I have considered...

Everything has its place. I have considered getting a drone for those occasional situations in which I cannot physically get to a camera position from which a good composition can be achieved. As...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-18-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
Hi Jim, A boiler jacket an insulating layer...

Hi Jim,

A boiler jacket an insulating layer placed around the boiler shell to minimize heat loss to the atmosphere and improve the thermal efficiency of the engine. Generally, it consists of a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-18-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
Hi Jim, Your image of this display engine is...

Hi Jim,

Your image of this display engine is far nicer than the one discussed earlier in the thread. The light is great, and the down-angle is not too steep...just enough to clear the fence. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-07-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 986
Posted By KevinM
Not sure I can add much to Loyd's assessment...

Not sure I can add much to Loyd's assessment here. Both compositions hit me between the eyes within a second of looking at them. The first one wants the signal on the left edge and the trains a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-06-2020, 03:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
If that were the case, I'm guessing it wasn't...

If that were the case, I'm guessing it wasn't toilet paper (which would shred instantly), but Bounty or some other stout paper towel material, which would likely do the job nicely.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-05-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
So, do railroads have a department that scours...

So, do railroads have a department that scours rail photography sites looking for photos that depict their crews doing things they shouldn't? This is all pretty new to me. Of course, I seldom...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-03-2020, 09:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
Burnt in what way? Did someone photograph and...

Burnt in what way? Did someone photograph and post an image depicting rules violations, or something of that sort?
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-03-2020, 02:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
Well.....I suspect this one is right in my...

Well.....I suspect this one is right in my wheelhouse. ;)

A couple of things.... The examples cited don't appear to be blow-downs. It's just steam from the cylinder cocks when the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-30-2019, 02:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,203
Posted By KevinM
We can all hope! :lol: It's not so much...

We can all hope! :lol:

It's not so much the endless parade of poorly done, high down-angle drone shots that bother me. It's the shots that were clearly taken from altitudes that were above...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
Going just a little looser on the crop (or wider...

Going just a little looser on the crop (or wider on the shot) would have included both. I can see cutting people off at the waist, but at the ankles? When I first saw the shot, that was the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
Merges and foreground clutter

Here's an example of an obstructive merge that was accepted:

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As with Bob's image, the front truck is obstructed by the people in the foreground, and the position of those...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
Geez, I sure wish I could bring myself to look at...

Geez, I sure wish I could bring myself to look at it this way. It's just that now, when I look at folders of images that I shot a dozen years ago, I find a TON of junk and I ask myself: "Why are...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-16-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,252
Posted By KevinM
I think that the artsy types would classify this...

I think that the artsy types would classify this as what's known as a "merge".....when two major elements in a scene appear to "touch." As I've learned, this is something to be avoided, because...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-02-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
I don't own a drone, but have thought of getting...

I don't own a drone, but have thought of getting one for (very) occasional use when I just could not find a camera position to capture a pleasing composition. In my view, a drone is a replacement...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-02-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,231
Posted By KevinM
I wish I had the original raw file for this one. ...

I wish I had the original raw file for this one. I could probably help the person make it look more realistic. As it is, it is overexposed and a little tough on the eyes.
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