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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-18-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,892
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Kevin, Thanks, that was very helpful info....

Kevin,

Thanks, that was very helpful info. While I do have a couple of DX lenses, the others are regular FF. (70-200 f/2.8 and 300 f/2.8 )

The lighter weight and low-light performance is a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-17-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,892
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Upgrade D300 to Z6?

Group,

Looking to upgrade my old D300 (which was rebuilt once by Nikon service) prior to some trips next year. Kids are long done with high school sports, so frame-rate is no longer a major issue....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-06-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,052
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Well, got the body back from Nikon. Did a little...

Well, got the body back from Nikon. Did a little comparison testing today with the 17-55mm f/2.8. Both before and after are ISO 640 at f/4.0 17mm:

Cropped center frame prior to repair:...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-03-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,052
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Well, did some testing this morning with 2...

Well, did some testing this morning with 2 different lenses, and there is definitely an autofocus problem.

Talked to a Nikon rep, and the camera will being going in for service this week.

Any...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-03-2015, 12:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,052
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Bob, Good idea. I'll take some shots...

Bob,

Good idea. I'll take some shots tomorrow in better light; my garage is partly brick.

Also have a soccer game to shoot tomorrow afternoon. I'll see if I have any similar trouble with my 300...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-02-2015, 11:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,052
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Equipment problem?

Been having an issue getting sharp images in the past month from my Nikon D300 and 17-55 f/2.8.

I have had no problem getting great images from this lens, in fact I think almost all of my shots on...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-05-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,725
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Only one: [photoid=263430]

Only one:

[photoid=263430]
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-16-2012, 03:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Thanks again, guys! [photoid=403550]

Thanks again, guys!

[photoid=403550]
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-15-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Thanks, guys. I'll make a few adjustments and try...

Thanks, guys. I'll make a few adjustments and try again this evening.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-15-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Too much or too little contrast?

Got rejected for cropping and contrast. Fixed the cropping, and bumped the contrast and saturation a little. Got rejected on the second go round for contrast.
...
Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 03-06-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,312
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Capture NX2 does a better job with .NEF images...

Capture NX2 does a better job with .NEF images than the Adobe products, IMHO, especially with details in the shadows, but the interface just so damned cumbersome compared with LR that I've pretty...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-15-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By ExNavyDoc
I've used PSE 6, Capture NX2, LR 3, and CS5,...

I've used PSE 6, Capture NX2, LR 3, and CS5, though I'm no expert in any of them.

I do 99% of my work in LR now. I'll occasionally export something to CS5, do what I need to do, then export back...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-15-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By ExNavyDoc
LR 3 On Sale

Folks:

Lightroom 3 is on sale for today only at BH for $69.95, in case anyone is interested:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/720705-REG/Adobe_65081059_Photoshop_Lightroom_3_Software.html...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-08-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,452
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Blah,blah. Too much navel-gazing. Photgraphy...

Blah,blah. Too much navel-gazing.

Photgraphy is art. If even one person stops for even a second to look at your photo, and thinks "That's interesting", you have succeeded. If no one does, you have...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-25-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,503
Posted By ExNavyDoc
What is meant by the term "accurate", in this...

What is meant by the term "accurate", in this particular instance?

The whole scene is a staged photo-shoot.

Mr. Goldman's may be more "true" and documentary as far as the lighting and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-05-2011, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Submissions to Trains mag

I was thinking of submitting some images to Trains, but I see on their submission guidelines they don't want you to crop, sharpen,or otherwise do any manipulation.

I kind of can understand this,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-23-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,533
Posted By ExNavyDoc
I think it had something to do with the overall...

I think it had something to do with the overall post-war crappification of the U.S.

Everything, from beer to cameras to furniture to automobiles, seemed to get progressively sh*ttier. I would...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-07-2011, 12:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,354
Posted By ExNavyDoc
When I joined as a non-Elite member, I had 10;...

When I joined as a non-Elite member, I had 10; still have 10. I don't think I've ever used more than 3 at one time.

Of course, I have only 41 photos in the database.

FWIW.
Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 03-10-2011, 03:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,263
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Trains and other non-sports subjects I shoot RAW,...

Trains and other non-sports subjects I shoot RAW, but I will use it in NX2 to see if it helps. Usually using a color control points to selectively bring up shadows on a RAW image works better and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-08-2011, 04:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,656
Posted By ExNavyDoc
I do like this crop a lot better, but...

I do like this crop a lot better, but unfortunately now you are up against the other limitations of the image. If you could get a higher-res scan of the orginal negative, that might give you more...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-07-2011, 09:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,656
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Well, you might try to crop a little tighter to...

Well, you might try to crop a little tighter to eliminate the pole and the front ends of those distracting automobiles. Also a little CCW leveling, and noise reduction on the trucks.

Depends on...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-02-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,257
Posted By ExNavyDoc
Photoshopped version of this one was in Lionel's...

Photoshopped version of this one was in Lionel's 2009 Signature Catalogue:

[photoid=232793]

Interestingly, they used it without my permission. They did pay up after I called them on it, though.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-31-2011, 04:42 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 26,783
Posted By ExNavyDoc
The Mile-Long Club ...

The Mile-Long Club

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mile%20long%20club
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-09-2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,401
Posted By ExNavyDoc
I don't try to explain. I just tell 'em, "There...

I don't try to explain. I just tell 'em, "There are only two kinds of men in the world: those who like trains, and those who don't yet realize they like trains."
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-08-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,869
Posted By ExNavyDoc
I do have a Storm Jacket thingy I use on my long...

I do have a Storm Jacket thingy I use on my long glass when shooting soccer:
...
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