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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-17-2018, 05:27 PM
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Posted By KevinM
Yep, truly great images rise to the top. ...

Yep, truly great images rise to the top.

Here my friends, is the most popular image on RP.net for the past week, outclassing even John Peters' PotW and Luke Renish's SC from snowy Ely:
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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-16-2018, 04:13 AM
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Posted By KevinM
I'd say overuse of the shadows tool for starters....

I'd say overuse of the shadows tool for starters. It looks like an attempt to brighten a shot with really filtered sunlight. That can work, but a massive dash of shadows alone isn't the solution. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-15-2018, 06:17 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Better yet, do this: Allow all of the linking...

Better yet, do this: Allow all of the linking that people's hearts desire and let 'em hide the links if they like. Just don't count linked views in determining which shots get homepage exposure...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-15-2018, 05:41 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
OK, so why do you suppose that folks engage in...

OK, so why do you suppose that folks engage in linking campaigns? What's rationale behind that? And why put the images here vs Facebook, when you have a Facebook Page like Kevin Burkholder with...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-14-2018, 09:03 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
The list of "linkers" is growing by leaps and...

The list of "linkers" is growing by leaps and bounds. It's not always Facebook either. There are some railroad forums out there, even in foreign countries, in which photographers are campaigning...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-14-2018, 05:01 AM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
The image sat at the To24 position for the better...

The image sat at the To24 position for the better part of the day, which will generally get you thousands of views. I'm lucky if once and a while, I can get one in the top 4 for an hour before its...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-13-2018, 06:30 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
It looks terrible on Google Earth, but amazingly,...

It looks terrible on Google Earth, but amazingly, it photographs pretty well. The Sumpter Valley Fall Photo Train is one of the best deals going. They have nice variety of equipment and they have...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-13-2018, 05:34 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
I agree. As I noted in my previous post, my...

I agree. As I noted in my previous post, my first reaction to the current To24 was that it looked like a picture of an atmospheric nuclear test. Its popularity must have been a combination of...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-13-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Shooting directly into the sun is definitely a...

Shooting directly into the sun is definitely a challenge. I'm personally more than a little fearful of it because I am afraid of hurting my eyes. Often, you're trying to balance not completely...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-13-2018, 02:29 AM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Looks like the Castle Bravo shot.....about 15 MT,...

Looks like the Castle Bravo shot.....about 15 MT, if I recall correctly.:eek:
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-08-2018, 02:29 PM
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Views: 4,443
Posted By KevinM
Agree. I am also not sure that I quite...

Agree. I am also not sure that I quite understand some of the "technical jargon" being used to describe the nature of the edit that was under discussion. I think (or at least I hope) that the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-05-2018, 01:28 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Looking at that image, there may have been some...

Looking at that image, there may have been some other atmospheric phenomenon at work, such as haze or blowing snow in the air. Those conditions can produce some interesting visual effects.
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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-31-2018, 09:13 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Great points and I think these are often lost on...

Great points and I think these are often lost on folks who are new to the site or those who are frustrated with rejections. There's a reason why the screeners are probably quick to click "Accept"...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-28-2018, 02:39 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 22,469
Posted By KevinM
Which is pretty surprising, because as I recall,...

Which is pretty surprising, because as I recall, you made out like a bandit on that trip. I would have been extremely happy to come away with that set of photos.

As it was, I missed...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-26-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Hi Loyd, I've been around a lot of steam...

Hi Loyd,

I've been around a lot of steam operations all over the country and can honestly say that I've never heard anyone associated with any of them ever use the term "unit" when discussing or...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-26-2018, 03:12 AM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
I get a kick out of listening to you diseasel...

I get a kick out of listening to you diseasel guys talk. Steam locomotives are not "units". :grin:
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-25-2018, 04:28 PM
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Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Jim, I think the weird stuff around the steam is...

Jim, I think the weird stuff around the steam is just exhaust. In this case, the locomotive is running relatively clean stack....just a gray haze, vs. blackening the sky like they do for a photo...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-25-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 22,469
Posted By KevinM
Viewership on the site seems to vary considerably...

Viewership on the site seems to vary considerably from week to week. There are weeks when a decent pic can pull 900-1000 views in 24 hrs, without any campaigns or home page exposure, and other...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-17-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 392
Posted By KevinM
I just looked up my stats. I'm a Mechanical...

I just looked up my stats. I'm a Mechanical Engineer....I track everything. Since 10/31/2008, I have filed 15 appeals on RP. 14 were accepted. One was rejected. The rejected one was...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-17-2018, 12:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 392
Posted By KevinM
My best advice, David.....avoid appealing. More...

My best advice, David.....avoid appealing. More people have gotten themselves in dutch with the RP Admins by appealing too much. Two appeals on 4 photos submitted so far is already too much. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
What's interesting is that the "going away" shot...

What's interesting is that the "going away" shot got twice as many views as the "comin' at ya" shot. Frankly, I'm not surprised. Virtually every shot I have ever seen of The General in this...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-04-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
I personally never saw any issue with the two...

I personally never saw any issue with the two photos or the "Dueling SCs." :grin: Lots of folks have submitted images of trains from the same location with different consists, different light, etc....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
In effect, PTC is really step in that direction. ...

In effect, PTC is really step in that direction. I don't know that I'm in favor of self-driving anything. Technology is great, but it is only as good as the folks who created it, and they are all...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
No argument. Human beings are always the weak...

No argument. Human beings are always the weak link in mass transportation. Decades ago, the airlines had a pretty bad safety record and while there were more reliability issues with the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 04:59 AM
Replies: 673
Views: 41,367
Posted By KevinM
Very violent-looking wreck. I can't imagine...

Very violent-looking wreck. I can't imagine what it must be like to leave the rails at 80 mph. As I noted in my comment on Steve's photo, I really think that seatbelts would make a lot of sense...
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