Old 02-15-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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This is a scene that I drive past quite often...the three trains are parked there & it seems, in theory, that this would be a quite photogenic subject.
The attached shot is probably the best of the bunch...but it's obviously not rp.net quality.
The angle I'm shooting from is on the edge of the road. I could easily get more to the right or left & I suppose I could even get trackside.

What would you do with this scene?

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hmmm, how would I shoot THAT scene?

Cut down the trees, they're not telegraph poles, so they're irrelevant to the shot. Matter of fact, it's clutter, obstructing the subject matter.

BTW, you mean "3 locomotives", right? Not trains? The day I see 3 trains in Green Spring, WV...two of them are bound to be CSXT passing each other while the SBVR looks on.

Off-topic. What number is the left-most unit? Looks like a chopped / repainted GP9? Last time I chased these guys, I don't recall any of the GP's in consist being repainted or chopped. It was pretty damn fun though.


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This is a scene that I drive past quite often...the three trains are parked there & it seems, in theory, that this would be a quite photogenic subject.

The attached shot is probably the best of the bunch...but it's obviously not rp.net quality.

The angle I'm shooting from is on the edge of the road. I could easily get more to the right or left & I suppose I could even get trackside.

What would you do with this scene?

Thanks,
Bill
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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Bill;

I can't see where you can do anymore with it than you already have. You could probably shoot between the power poles, so to speak, but those trees are the killers. Not a bad shot, but RP will not accept foreground clutter. As one member used to say, personal collection.

You have some awesome photos on your RP link in your sig line. I would not worry about the above shot too much. At least until the railrod comes through with a weed whacker.


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Old 02-15-2007, 08:42 PM   #4
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I appreciate the input guys. Everytime I drive by that scene I think to myself "there's gotta be a way to shoot that"...and it leaves me scratching my head for a solution.

The left-most unit is #91...not sure the history, but I do remember seeing it at the RailFest in Petersburg this past August.

Joe, thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated.

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Get rid of the shrubs. Stepping against the trunk just above ground level works if you don't carry a machette. The other thing is elevate yourself, either the back of a pickup with a short step ladder, or gasp, the trunk of your car.

If you cant get rid of the shrubbery, wait until spring when the new leaf buds give a tint of green. As was mentioned earlier. Take the picture because you like it, and add it to your personal collection.
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Chain saw, baby!! This: http://tinyurl.com/3dh9vv is gonna be my next purchase!

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Jim, I hate to tell ya, but dems be full-sized trees, at least 8-10' or more, and probably 6-8" in diameter too.


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Get rid of the shrubs. Stepping against the trunk just above ground level works if you don't carry a machette. The other thing is elevate yourself, either the back of a pickup with a short step ladder, or gasp, the trunk of your car.

If you cant get rid of the shrubbery, wait until spring when the new leaf buds give a tint of green. As was mentioned earlier. Take the picture because you like it, and add it to your personal collection.
Trainmonster, save your pennies & buy a Stihl instead. My own is kept in the back of my Jeep with an array of saws, clippers & nippers (and gloves, too).
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Then follow Rich's suggestion "chainsaw"! Clear-cut, nnhhaaa hhaaa haaaa

Up here I've been able to stomp flat 8 to 10ft aspens, as long as I push close to the ground. At least get them low enough for a view.
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Trainmonster, save your pennies & buy a Stihl instead. My own is kept in the back of my Jeep with an array of saws, clippers & nippers (and gloves, too).
Just thinking on a rechargeable for stealth purposes!

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I appreciate the input guys. Everytime I drive by that scene I think to myself "there's gotta be a way to shoot that"...and it leaves me scratching my head for a solution.
I know the feeling, there are a few spots in my neck of the woods that I would like to include as well, but I don't know if I want to do a whole lot of gardening, because it would ruin the effect I want.. maybe i'll have to get my hip waders on or something..
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