Old 08-12-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Ive never had much luck getting cab shots on, even though they are perfectly lit i still seem to get PEQ's, ive only managed to get one on successfully.
Any suggestions on why this is a PEQ, ive tryed to follow advice given in the past to keep cab shots simple and i think this one works pretty well.
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If i increase the contrast on this, would it stand a chance?
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Oh and i had permission to take these
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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I'm bias against cab shots. They're not my cup of tea. But these aren't cab shots, at least not what I think of when I hear the term. They're out of the cab shots, pictures shot from the cab and all we see except for a little part of the nose is the track ahead. Not very interesting in my view on either shot. I'd expect the B&W shot to deservedly get PEQ if you fix the contrast.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:39 PM   #3
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Oh and i had permission to take these
Are you sure you didn't sneak in while the engineer was busy, or maybe take them for a spin?

Seriously though, I agree with Joe on the second one. Even with the contrast fixed it's probably looking at a PEQ.

As far as the first one goes, I like the wooden deck on the bridge, but there isn't much else to look at in the shot. Cab shots normally work better if there are more points of interest in the photograph, such as other trains, steel bridges, or the fallen tree in the one you have accepted.

One thing I notice about both shots is the motion blur toward the bottom. The blur appears too slight to be intentional. For the future you might consider using a faster speed to make the foreground sharper, or perhaps holding the shutter open longer to get more of a defined blur. Just my $.02
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:58 PM   #4
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I agree with the PEQ in these two shots. Yes, you are showing you are on a train and yes, it is relatively scenic but you are just shooting what you see with a little bit of the nose. What if you went into the cab and framed the scene through the door or window? Slow down the shutter and get more blur (looks like you did that in #2 just not enough)? How do we know what railroad this is? Why should we care about the tracks ahead?

I'm not meaning to sound harsh, these are just some things to take into account when uploading. I understand the feeling of getting some cool shots off the train but most should be kept as a reminder of a fun day unless there is something truely striking or interesting to be shared. Examples of this include: passing another train, a tall trestle, fog, animals, etc.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:28 AM   #5
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I think Andrew really nailed it. I'm not biased against cab shots but I need a point of interest other than just the rails or trees surrounding the tracks.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:35 AM   #6
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The main reason i shot the trestle one from on the walkway was because the windows are rather dirty and i wanted a good shot of the trestle. You can see some of the dust smears in the second image.
The blur wasnt even intentional really, i dont know why i got that much blur seeing as we were going 15 mph at the fastest. But this shot has a little more motion blur, and you can see more of the trestle, but now the trains in the shadow, worth a try. I guess ill just move on now, whatever but thanks for the future advice. Good thing i was shooting video most of the time.
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