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Spring 3 11.54%
Summer 6 23.08%
Fall 10 38.46%
Winter 7 26.92%
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone noticed the sudden increase in contributors addign snow shots to RP? I guess we just can't wait until the white stuff is falling once again. What is your favorite season to shoot is the poll question here. You are wlecome to post an example of why if you'd like as I have done below.

I chose winter for a few reasons.
#1. I don't mind the cold as long as I am trackside.
#2. Snow can make boring shots more "picturesque" and interesting.
#3. Steam in snow. There is nothing like it.
#4. Good light all day long.

Some examples why I love winter:

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Some of MY favorites:

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Old 10-04-2005, 11:03 PM   #2
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I chose Fall. While I love Winter shots and certainly don't mind the cold, I love the Fall foliage as a backdrop. Fall is just my favorite time of year period. Guess that's what happens when you're born in Oct.
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Old 10-04-2005, 11:44 PM   #3
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I like Fall because of all the beautiful colors. Winter would be my second favorite. I'm not a big fan of hot weather.
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Old 10-04-2005, 11:45 PM   #4
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I'm not a big fan of hot weather.
This.

But unfortuneately I have no choice but to be in it right now.
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Old 10-05-2005, 12:52 AM   #5
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I chose the Winter season, in Tucson, Arizona might get a snow shot, but with very light snow fall, other than that its just great all day lighting, its nice and cool out so i can stay out side all day long and the traffic volumes are greater because of the christmas season. Its just great.
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:01 AM   #6
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This poll is biased!!!! What about those in southern CA or AZ that have one season? Or those of us in the great white north: summer or winter?!?

I'd have to say summer. Here's why:

1) I don't have to worry about dying
2) I have more daylight so it means I can be out longer with better chance of success
3) I don't have to worry about temp changes affecting my camera whenleaving the car
4) I don't have to worry about dying
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:20 AM   #7
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1) I don't have to worry about dying
2) I have more daylight so it means I can be out longer with better chance of success
3) I don't have to worry about temp changes affecting my camera whenleaving the car
4) I don't have to worry about dying
LMAO!!!
Having spent three years at Ellsworth AFB, I know exactly what you mean!
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:32 AM   #8
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I prefer winter. I do a lot of railfanning on Stevens Pass, and summer can be hot and winter yields the beauity of the mountians and snow shots! Living in Washington, the lighting is harsh in the fall and spring. Its only good in the morning and evening [trees and mts cast shadows in the afternoon]. Fall doesnt yield that many colors, hence our name the Evergreen State. Douglas Firs dont change color that much... Spring is alot like summer, just w/o the heat. Sure some areas are unaccessable by car b/c of snow, but the short hike can be very rewarding. Also, the clouds defuse the light better. And when there arent any trains, I can get out my snowboard and season pass and hit Stevens Pass Ski Area

Edmonds, where I live, doesnt really count b/c I go down there so much, its good stuff nearly year round. Living 3 min away, I really take it for granted
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Old 10-05-2005, 02:07 AM   #9
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I chose summer because its when I'm out of school, and that means I can railfan all I want! Also, I live in Southern California, so its pretty much always hot and sunny.
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I like spring for one reason...............its not too hot and not too cold.........its just right.
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I definetly like Summer...Can shoot trains till just about 9 pm, I can stand trackside in a T-shirt and shorts and enjoy the warm weather. Gets dark at 4:30, very very cold...always fun to stand trackside when its 15 degrees out and a strong wind.
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Summer is great till you get tired of those 95 degree plus days!
Then you long for fall and winter till you get tired of those sub freezing temps!
Then you long for spring and summer, and it starts over again!
Thank god for seasons for I don't think I could get used to living some place where it stayed the same all the time!
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Old 10-05-2005, 03:39 AM   #13
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Summer in Southern California is a hot, muggy hell. Be we aren't as humid as the relative back in the Upper Midwest.
Autumn in Southern California is known for Santa Ana winds, where it is hot, dry, and windy. Fires can cause the air to be worse.
Winter in Southern California is illness season. Photo standards here discourage photography in said time of year.
Spring in Southern California is okay. Chilly nights and the wildcard known as rain make it interesting. Greenest time of year, least smog as well.

Voted Spring, with Autumn a close second. Winter a less close third, and summer fourth. Plus, work is year-round.
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My favorite is coming up this weekend. I'm off school Friday, the weekend, and Monday for Columbus Day. Here in Joliet, IL, the temperatures will be in the 60s and below. It'll be sunny for all four days. Nothing like cool temperatures on a sunny day.
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Summer for me. I like having more hours of opportinity for shots (though the high sun rejection, minuses a few hours. I can get shots earlier, and later in the day though. I also like having greenery around for scenic shots.
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Winter kicks @$$!!!!! No, seriously, cold weather rules. The steam you get everywhere is seriously cool. Not much in the way of high-sun angles. Theres snow, snowboarding, and some great winter pictures. You can't beat winter, period.
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Just a shame there's not an option for all four seasons, but I voted for fall. Before I elaborate on that, I'll mention some words about the other 3 with photos.

In spring, you can get trees and such in bloom after being dormant all winter.

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Summer has those wonderful long days and the hot weather doesn't bother me any. Plus, the high sun gives a chance to just sit and watch trains for a few hours.

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Winter is great with the low sun angle. Plus, the snow shots come into play.

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Which brings me to fall. Around here, it's usually not too hot or too cold. The sun just seems to be perfect most of the day, and the sunsets are just beautiful. Plus, the colors on the mountainsides add a really nice touch to any photo, such as the following example.

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Old 10-06-2005, 03:31 AM   #18
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I like Summer first and formost.
Second I like Spring and then Fall. That means Winter is last in my book. I do go out in the winter, but I don't like it.
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Summers + Maryland = Suckage

Heat shimmer, humidity, and NS catfish make for some miserable days...

But bringing out the grill, some buddies, and some stories...makes it all better.

I voted Winter. Most scenic time, when it snows, but when it does...man oh man, does it make for some energetic and emotional images.
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