Old 01-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #1
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Thumbs up My Top 100 photos of 2006

I finally completed finding my, well what I think, is my top 100 railroad of photos of 2006. These were taken around Southern California and Arizona, enjoy. It was narrowed down from over 15,000 photos!

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Old 01-19-2007, 02:38 AM   #2
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nice 100, but i still cant get over the fact you shot 15,000 photos last year. I would be suprised if i shot more than 1500 last year. Your computer is probably pooped after processing that many photos. But really nice work, but i will say that i think that the shot of
the 2nd Mojave River Bridge - 12/6/06 Afton Cyn, CA, should be in your top 5. Its real nice.
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That sounds like alot of photos, but geez, does that mean you actually shoot every weekend?

I also made a spot on my site for my best/favs from 2006.

http://www.hoydie17.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=15

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Old 01-22-2007, 04:23 PM   #4
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Thanks Pat, but 15,000 is everything I shot, not just trains. It's funny from everyone that's responded to me mentioning their favorite picture, they're all different.
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Thanks Pat, but 15,000 is everything I shot, not just trains.
That's still 40 shots a day, every day. Or 300 shots every weekend, no midweek shooting. That's a lot of shots! And my wife thinks I am nuts... I do maybe 6000 a year, and many of those are a dozen at a time trying to catch my son in an interesting pose as he scrambles around.

It's a LOT of work winnowing them down, especially if you are like me, can't let go, ever, almost no cost to keeping one more image on the hard drive. Just giving them memorable names is a chore.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:51 PM   #6
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If I spend a day of railfanning and the traffic is good it's easy for me to shoot 200+ photos, a lot of which a sequence shot as the train passes. I average four days a week I can railfan, usually get out 2-3 days, or about 12-14 times a month. This month for example I've been out railfanning 9 times, did a 3 day trip to Monterey and I'm off the rest of the month so there will be lots of railfanning coming up. Speaking of which, I'm out................
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:04 PM   #7
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At night I try and go through every photo I shot during the day. From there I edit the ones I think can be edited, usually 60-70%. From there I copy those to another folder and proceed to select the best shots or my favorites from the day. So for example 1/7/07, I shot 101 photos, narrowed it down to 53, then down to 22 photos.
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If I spend a day of railfanning and the traffic is good it's easy for me to shoot 200+ photos, a lot of which a sequence shot as the train passes.
You shoot like I do! At times I've felt that I really should slow down and set up one shot per train, but I enjoy looking at the sequences when I get home... I generally have one shot in mind when a train comes, but I will often shoot a sequence with the desired placement of the train being in the middle of the sequence. Hey, it's a hobby, not a profession.
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:58 AM   #9
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Nice work. My fav is S Curves at Caliente 4-23-06. You shoot as much as I used to whenever I was a news photog. Now a days if I get out once a week to shoot, I'm happy
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Great job!

Now I know why your avatar says "Master Railfan"
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Thanks. Well that is just a joke, it should say Extreme/Crazy Railfan!
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Those are really great shots Dave.But are saving the original pics on hard disk?Or just the edited ones.Thanks for sharing those great shots and keep up the great work.
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I always save the untouched original seperate, then I have a backup hard drive I save everything too also. Here you can see my hard drives and organizational style.
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:20 PM   #14
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Different systems for different people!

Dave, I'm not a fan of leaving the original file name and memorializing location and date only in the folder name. I file my pictures by date, but I rename the pictures according to the following format:

LeadEngineRR(TrackRR if differnt).LocationDateTrain# (sequence #)

Thus, CSX.BrunswickMD012407Q416 (1).jpg (if I were actually trackside today instead of in the office ) or
UP(CSX).BrunswickMD012407U839D742 (2).jpg if an EB U839 were going through Brunswick on track 2 with a UP leader, and next to it in the image was a D742 waiting for its turn to go east, and it was the third image I shot of that subject (I start my sequence counter at zero, not one).

I rename all files that I do not erase. Time-consuming but worthwhile for me. In the process of renaming, I try to do a big cull and discard.

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For the original I just like a simple date and original file name for them. I just don't have the time to rename every file with all the info you mention, but I do rename the best of the day with the date, location and leave the original file number. I believe just whatever works for an individual is their choice. But some system is better than none at all.

Luckily I have a good memory. I've been chatting with a G.E employee and he showed me a picture of BNSF 7698 being built. I said I probably have a shot of it somewhere and he challenged me to find it. It took me about an hour to find the original file. Maybe I'm autistic!

I do back after time though and purge out pure crap shots though.
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I believe just whatever works for an individual is their choice. But some system is better than none at all.
Absolutely, on both counts.
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I do back after time though and purge out pure crap shots though.

In today's digital age, I see absolutely no reason for this practice. The photo you take today could be a real part of history 10 years from now.

For example, look at some of the photos we see from 40 years ago. I'm sure that photographers looked at those photos then and thought they were worthy of cleaning their 4th point of contact. And if you were to measure them by the artificial standards of today's railfan that may certainly be true.

However, it's easy to say that 40 years from now there will be 4,000,000 photos somewhere of an SD40-2. But how do you know? You really don't.

It's not only a piece of history, it's a piece of your legacy.

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Come on, Sean! You don't have any crap SD40-2 shots right next to some more decent ones?

I always keep at least one picture of any train, no matter how bad it might be, because that shot tells part of the story of the day. In fact, I've started keeping brief narratives of the bigger days in text files in the same folder (my folders are by day).
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Come on, Sean! You don't have any crap SD40-2 shots right next to some more decent ones?
ME? Crap SD40-2 shots? ME? Crap shots at all? Puhhleeze!

Besides, is there really such a thing as a "crap SD40-2 shot"?

I always figured you could have a cut off photo of a crap brown painted SD40-2 and it would be good stuff. . . . . it is EMD after all.

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Old 02-01-2007, 08:35 AM   #21
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socal, great gallery. what do you do that you can get out so much? I also envy the beautifull weather you guys get out there. I'de love clear blue skies with sweeping landscapes.
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