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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-29-2007, 11:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,869
Posted By Matt Rivers
Train always wins. I remember being out one...

Train always wins.

I remember being out one weekend along the ROW, and was standing probably 40-50 feet back. I was at a low-level platform commuter station and a high-ball freight came through....
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 06-17-2007, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,072
Posted By Matt Rivers
I'll be driving from Oregon to Illinois through...

I'll be driving from Oregon to Illinois through Nebraska the weekend of July 6th-8th. Does anyone know how long the H-units will be in Salt Lake City? I'm hoping to railfan a good portion of July 7th...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-04-2007, 07:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,251
Posted By Matt Rivers
As someone who is relatively new to this myself...

As someone who is relatively new to this myself (only 2 years or so), I'm often not sure what type of locomotive I'm shooting either. What I'll usually do then, is use RP.net to figure it out.
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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-07-2007, 09:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,623
Posted By Matt Rivers
Brian, On a shot like your recent rejection...

Brian,

On a shot like your recent rejection linked above, I would open the shutter just as the loco goes past you (but before it enters the frame, giving it time to light the signal bridge), and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-15-2007, 04:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By Matt Rivers
A nice spot to catch MARC and other action,...

A nice spot to catch MARC and other action, that's for sure.

For the sake of another set of eyes looking at it, I would have:

Used a telephoto (200+mm) and stood further west of the building....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-14-2007, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,340
Posted By Matt Rivers
Love the B&W edit. Even more contrast would...

Love the B&W edit. Even more contrast would work.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-08-2007, 08:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,118
Posted By Matt Rivers
1st one probably can't be helped. It's more of an...

1st one probably can't be helped. It's more of an issue of photo location than processing.

Personally speaking ( don't know if this is possible), I'd love to see you crop the image a bit...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-29-2007, 02:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,896
Posted By Matt Rivers
I like the picture. Does the uncropped original...

I like the picture. Does the uncropped original include more of the scene? More zoomed out? I would imagine that the noise is a result of the "zoom crop effect".
If I had the chance to duplicate...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-27-2007, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,333
Posted By Matt Rivers
Love the location, love the color, love almost...

Love the location, love the color, love almost everything.

Could you crop it more vertically? Perhaps showing more foreground under the train??
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-17-2007, 04:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,363
Posted By Matt Rivers
If possible, see if you can "test drive" a few of...

If possible, see if you can "test drive" a few of your top choices (either in the store, or a friends?) . You'll be able to figure out a lot of things just by playing with the camera. Ergonomics and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-13-2007, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,741
Posted By Matt Rivers
Great pictures! Where were you?

Great pictures!

Where were you?
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-04-2007, 04:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,411
Posted By Matt Rivers
John, I really like the location, and the...

John,

I really like the location, and the colors in your shot. I'd love to see another attempt from that location with perhaps a bit more light. When I loaded the picture, I got the bottom half...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-01-2006, 02:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,953
Posted By Matt Rivers
It feels a little tight to me, but otherwise, I...

It feels a little tight to me, but otherwise, I like it. The weeds don't make or destroy the pic IMO, but i'd try to avoid them.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-27-2006, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,834
Posted By Matt Rivers
I too have a D70 that went less than a year...

I too have a D70 that went less than a year before gathering dust on the sensor. A fellow photographer cautioned against making contact with the shutter, but suggested this:

Go to a sterile...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-31-2006, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,196
Posted By Matt Rivers
I'd take maybe 10-15 steps back and 5-7 to the...

I'd take maybe 10-15 steps back and 5-7 to the right, depending on the terrain and your lenses. The milepost would work in the shot, if it were not so dominating. Otherwise, I'd likely try to frame...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2006, 01:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,901
Posted By Matt Rivers
Thats one "hot" Z train?

Thats one "hot" Z train?
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-19-2006, 07:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,773
Posted By Matt Rivers
"You can get 400 GIG drives for under $150." ...

"You can get 400 GIG drives for under $150."

Have you seen this online anywhere? I think Newegg has some 500 gig in the $250 range
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-16-2006, 02:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,066
Posted By Matt Rivers
Personally, I like it. I know that's not much to...

Personally, I like it. I know that's not much to say..... :D
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-14-2006, 12:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,824
Posted By Matt Rivers
For me, it's a Nikon D70s. Love it.

For me, it's a Nikon D70s. Love it.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-07-2006, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 852
Posted By Matt Rivers
I've often found that my favorite night shots are...

I've often found that my favorite night shots are ones in which I'm actually killing time between trains. I particularly like to utilize crossing gates, signals, and moonlit rails.

Get creative,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-21-2006, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By Matt Rivers
Nick, When I was routinely on the Northeast...

Nick,

When I was routinely on the Northeast Corridor, shooting trains doing 120mph, I often had to set my shutter to 1/1600 or above for the closer, "fly-by" shots. I had many a cut-off nose and...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-13-2006, 11:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,190
Posted By Matt Rivers
I'd let it go. The second shot is better lit than...

I'd let it go. The second shot is better lit than the first, sure, but the majority of your subject is in shadow, despite the nose being sunlit. Depending on the site, you could probably move around...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 08-12-2006, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,004
Posted By Matt Rivers
When you're fall-down drunk, ANYTHING is...

When you're fall-down drunk, ANYTHING is comfortable. :D
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2006, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
Posted By Matt Rivers
There are a lot of things working against you in...

There are a lot of things working against you in your rejected shot, lighting being one of them. I'm not going to rate your photo, because I don't think that will benefit you at all. The screener...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-09-2006, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By Matt Rivers
Wow. That thing looks great. Pretty much...

Wow. That thing looks great.

Pretty much has all the things that I don't have on my D70s. Too bad I can't really warrent replacing a 13 month old camera.
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