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Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 04-27-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,576
Posted By CUDA7185
Is this the only car Amtrak painted for National...

Is this the only car Amtrak painted for National Train Day, or are there more?

The reason I ask is I saw something that looked similar to this car last weekend on an Amtrak regional train between...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-13-2009, 10:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,685
Posted By CUDA7185
Those kinds of flares usually trace linearly to...

Those kinds of flares usually trace linearly to the source, in this case I'd say the headlight was the culprit.



Flares can still happen on better glass, but as with your image they are brought...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-13-2009, 04:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,685
Posted By CUDA7185
It definitely looks like a lens flare, usually...

It definitely looks like a lens flare, usually the type that appears elsewhere on an image if you happen to be focused at a bright light. The color and shape are consistent with the sample I posted...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-20-2009, 06:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,098
Posted By CUDA7185
That last one's a nice shot Tom. I'll see your...

That last one's a nice shot Tom. I'll see your Frog Bridge and raise you a shot of a bridge taken from the Frog Bridge:

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Here's a few other favorites:

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Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 10-19-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,747
Posted By CUDA7185
I can't say anything specific about that route,...

I can't say anything specific about that route, but you might want to try this website:

http://www.amtrakdelays.com/

It's not affiliated with Amtrak, but the data seems to be relatively...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-11-2009, 01:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 810
Posted By CUDA7185
My guess would be there is too much open space on...

My guess would be there is too much open space on the left side of the image, with the locomotive centered too much in the frame. Try removing some space on the left, and if you can, maybe add a bit...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-28-2009, 01:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 779
Posted By CUDA7185
If you take a look at the sky, there is a bit of...

If you take a look at the sky, there is a bit of noise noticeable. It could be a result of compression, or it could be a result of over sharpening in the sky. If this is the case, and if you use a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-24-2009, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By CUDA7185
It's a nicely composed shot. The parts of the...

It's a nicely composed shot. The parts of the photo that are in direct sunlight do seem a bit overexposed, at least on my monitor. It might also need a bit of selective sharpening on the train...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-16-2009, 01:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By CUDA7185
The lack of color saturation that you mentioned...

The lack of color saturation that you mentioned is a result of the overexposure, but it should be a simple fix. If you shoot in raw, go back and adjust the exposure before processing. If not, adjust...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-03-2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 784
Posted By CUDA7185
I would figure the "too much compression"...

I would figure the "too much compression" rejection would be based upon the jagged line effect that you can see in the power lines at the top of the shot. That is often a symptom of compression...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-22-2009, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 806
Posted By CUDA7185
Precisely. That time of day is always a tough...

Precisely. That time of day is always a tough time to shoot... too much light to get a nice sunset shot, but not enough light to keep everything nicely lit. The result tends to appear, as you said,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-22-2009, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,199
Posted By CUDA7185
Here is a shot my brother took while I moved in...

Here is a shot my brother took while I moved in for a close-up using our inflatable boat. I dropped him off on an old duck blind up the river a bit, and he took this shot while I moved back...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-12-2009, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By CUDA7185
Are you sure you didn't sneak in while the...

Are you sure you didn't sneak in while the engineer was busy, or maybe take them for a spin? :lol:

Seriously though, I agree with Joe on the second one. Even with the contrast fixed it's probably...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-06-2009, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,067
Posted By CUDA7185
I think that is good advice. I used to shoot on...

I think that is good advice. I used to shoot on Aperture or Shutter Priority all the time, but had similar experiences. You might as well go all the way and select both the shutter and aperture in...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-06-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,067
Posted By CUDA7185
Your attachment looks like a step in the right...

Your attachment looks like a step in the right direction. The exposure is definitely better, but it doesn't have that 'washed out color' look that the bad color reject has.

One tip I learned is to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2009, 03:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,207
Posted By CUDA7185
I'll second the B/W idea. I doubt the...

I'll second the B/W idea.

I doubt the overcast lighting is the problem. This kind of shot would be tough to shoot on a sunny day due to all the harsh shadows that would appear underneath the car....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-29-2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 764
Posted By CUDA7185
In many cases, the bad cropping rejection is a...

In many cases, the bad cropping rejection is a result of too much or too little space around the subject. In your case it is too much space. Notice how the nose of the locomotive is centered in the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-25-2009, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By CUDA7185
My guess would be it's too much of an "in your...

My guess would be it's too much of an "in your face" shot with the locomotive up close like that, but it's a tricky crop with all those telephone poles and empty trees. Try backing out a bit if you...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-21-2009, 05:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By CUDA7185
Unfortunately brightening it won't help. The poor...

Unfortunately brightening it won't help. The poor lighting rejection in this case is because of the overcast sky. For common power such as Amtrak P42DC's, the lighting has to be near perfect. I...
Forum: Trip Reports 06-28-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,635
Posted By CUDA7185
I know how frustrating that can be. I was working...

I know how frustrating that can be. I was working on a pan shot of a pair of AEM-7's the other day and for some reason I just could not get it to line up. I captured the front and rear of the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-27-2009, 04:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,667
Posted By CUDA7185
I really like the first two, but unfortunately...

I really like the first two, but unfortunately there isn't much you can do about the PEQ rejection other than appeal. The shot of the EMU might have a chance, I'd say go for an appeal on that one.
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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-20-2009, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,092
Posted By CUDA7185
Loyd is right, there just isn't enough light on...

Loyd is right, there just isn't enough light on the nose of the locomotive. Sometimes a shot with a rare subject matter can get away with it, but with something more common like an NS Dash 9, the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-20-2009, 05:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,092
Posted By CUDA7185
That link is to a shot currently in the queue,...

That link is to a shot currently in the queue, and photographers can no longer look at queued photos other than their own.

If it gets rejected, or a similar version has been rejected, post that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-12-2009, 03:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By CUDA7185
It can be frustrating. I've gone through 3 or 4...

It can be frustrating. I've gone through 3 or 4 rejections for correctable reasons, only to have a shot rejected for PEQ or similar issue that is not correctable. Unfortunately there's not much you...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-10-2009, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 854
Posted By CUDA7185
Well I tried a few rotations, one CW and one CCW,...

Well I tried a few rotations, one CW and one CCW, but no luck. I'll probably just let it go. Thanks anyways.

Chris, I've really enjoyed that series of subway photos you have been posting.
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