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I'm sure you're using the term "adult" in its loosest definition. Observe a typical RP forum participant:
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gotransitf59ph - The most important things you need to focus on are light (have your shadow pointing more or less in the same direction as the camera) and composition (look at the rule of thirds and keep the train from being smack dab in the center of your shot).

Remember, photographing trains is fun (pointing at photo above).
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Here is the other image you keep bringing up. It doesn't work. You can see a part of the fence you were shooting through, they are front coupled, poor light, and cut off.
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Here is the other image you keep bringing up. It doesn't work. You can see a part of the fence you were shooting through, they are front coupled, poor light, and cut off.
Alright. Thanks for bringing that up. I was actually shooting through a bridge. Ill know for next time




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Hey now, J! I'm only 15. You better watch what you say.



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Jeez and I thought I was one of the younger ones at (just turned) 18!
Nope keep thinking, 18 here.
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Nope keep thinking, 18 here.
Steven Welch is one of the younger ones as well. I think he's 18 or 19.

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BAN. HAMMER.

And my dad can beat up your dad (even though mine's dead)...
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That was ONE of the photos. That wasan't the only photo. Look at my previous post!
To be honest, I didn't see the link Andrew provided until just now. I was thinking of the "rare" VIA shot from a day or two ago.
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BAN. HAMMER.

And my dad can beat up your dad (even though mine's dead)...
Ok.. so if your dads dead and he never met my dad.. how can your dad beat up my dad? That makes no sense! What? I have absolutely no idea what your trying to convey!
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Ok.. so if your dads dead and he never met my dad.. how can your dad beat up my dad? That makes no sense! What? I have absolutely no idea what your trying to convey!
Wow.

That's all I can say. It's time for bed.

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Wow, it is absolutely amazing how much you can miss during a 13 hour work day! From finding out Chase is only 15, as well as the young age of many of the other excellent RP contributors, to talking about dads beating up other dads!

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Maybe your more mature when posting on the forums. Plus you don't have Aspergers/Autism.. find out what it means and then tell me next time k? for the last damn time check out the topic "Will rp accept... this?"
So, which is it? Clinically, Aspergers and Autism are diagnosed as different disorders.
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Steven Welch is one of the younger ones as well. I think he's 18 or 19.

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I feel ancient. I'll be 20 in March. So, what do I get for my birthday? (besides a trip back East)

Chase.. Is 15 your age or your IQ?
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Wow, it is absolutely amazing how much you can miss during a 13 hour work day! From finding out Chase is only 15, as well as the young age of many of the other excellent RP contributors, to talking about dads beating up other dads!



So, which is it? Clinically, Aspergers and Autism are diagnosed as different disorders.
I think its Aspergers
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BAN. HAMMER.
Jim must be out working.. You rang?

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Steven;

I was 20 in March..... 1990. Times two next March. You're still a baby, barely older than Chase.
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Wow, it is absolutely amazing how much you can miss during a 13 hour work day! From finding out Chase is only 15, as well as the young age of many of the other excellent RP contributors, to talking about dads beating up other dads!
I thought everyone was aware I was one of the younger contributors.

Obviously, I was wrong.

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I thought everyone was aware I was one of the younger contributors.

Obviously, I was wrong.

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Ha! Of all people Walter, you should be aware of my "interesting" sleeping patterns.

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I knew you were one of the young guns. Forgot you were THAT young. Tell your parents homeschooling seems to be doing right by you.
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I knew you were one of the young guns. Forgot you were THAT young. Tell your parents homeschooling seems to be doing right by you.
Thank you much, Mr. Hinson!

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The sheep must keep you awake at night....
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The sheep must keep you awake at night....
Not real sure why you continue with these childish remarks, Steven. I would expect more from someone as old and vintage as yourself.

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Well this thread is going nowhere fast
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Will this photo make it on to rp?
In a word, no:

The subject is too centred and the back of the train is cut off.

What is good about it:

The sun is in the correct place, over your shoulder and it is reasonably in focus.

So, what can we do to improve things.

Firstly, one thing that I don't think anybody has asked you, what settings are you using on your nice new camera? To start off with, I would suggest using the "auto" or program function and concentrate on things like composition and lighting. Also, most importantly, make sure that the image quality is set to the largest size jpeg; using smaller sizes to save on storage / disk space is a false economy.

Secondly, lets look at the photo itself. It is a cab car, we all know what they look like so lets try and show some more of the surrounding area. It is (presumably) stabled in a yard and there is at least one other train there. Are there more trains there?
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What do the surroundings look like?
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Are there any interesting angles or comparisons between equipment?
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The angle that you have taken is not the most flattering and does not really work, there is enough out there on the "rule of thirds" - search on this forum or google it. If you are going to shoot a train at that angle, move it to one side of the frame and balance it with something else, it doesn't have to be another train
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Alternatively, try walking to your right to get a different viewpoint so the position of the train is like this
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Note how the back of the train is cut off, but is done naturally by the bridge, it is not usually a good idea to just cut the rear off by the edge of the camera frame.

Do have a good look though the stuff posted on RP, do a search for your local places, take a good look at pictures taken anywhere that appeal to you and think about what it is that you like about them and what makes them nice to look at.

Lastly, it is never a good idea to post on any internet forum whilst feeling frustrated, best to go and have a cup of tea, go out for a walk or sleep on it before putting fingers to keyboard.

This from somebody who probably counts as one of the older members here, who would quite possibly have done the same as you if we had the internet when I was your age
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