Old 02-02-2006, 09:30 PM   #1
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http://www.startribune.com/462/story/220022.html

I thought I would pass this along from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I was not the one to find it, the link was provided from a rail e-mail list that I belong to and posted by a member.

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Old 02-02-2006, 09:35 PM   #2
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Tragic yes, but its stupidity like this that many times makes things difficult for the rest of us railfans. There are ways to get good shots w/out getting that close to the rails.

I feel sorry for his family, but in a sense, he kinda got what he deserved for not being aware of his surroundings.
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:37 PM   #3
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Yeah, I heard about this earlier today. That's pretty sad . When I read the topic title on another site, I thought is was some dumb railfan trying to get the perfect photo of a train, or at least i would assume he wasn't a railfan, they said he was trying to get a photo of the snow covered trees.

What I'm wondering is what was he doing out at 1:15 AM photographing trees?
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What I'm wondering is what was he doing out at 1:15 am photographing trees?
I missed that the first time I read the story. That's a good question.
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What I'm wondering is what was he doing out at 1:15 AM photographing trees?
You've never done night photography?
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Sad story, but people need to realize where they are and quit watching trains thru viewfinders. I cant even begin to explain how many morons I have encountered during photo runbys in a controlled situation. We had a guy in Salisbury that was sleeping under a bridge and a train came thru and a stray piece of freight came off a car and killed him. Like an old boss once told the train crew..."Trains wont hurt ya.....trains will KILL ya."
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What I'm wondering is what was he doing out at 1:15 AM photographing trees?

Have you ever been outside in the winter in the pitch dark? Ever notice how the snow seems luminescent, especially if the moon is out? Or if there is a distant source of ambient light? Such as the lights from a city skyline or in this case Minneapolis.

With about a 2 or 3 minute exposure on about F5 you can make a very dramatic nightime image, especially if it's composed well.

There's alot more to photography than trains and sunny days.

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Have you ever been outside in the winter in the pitch dark? Ever notice how the snow seems luminescent, especially if the moon is out? Or if there is a distant source of ambient light? Such as the lights from a city skyline or in this case Minneapolis.

With about a 2 or 3 minute exposure on about F5 you can make a very dramatic nightime image, especially if it's composed well.

There's alot more to photography than trains and sunny days.

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Now I see what you're talking about, I guess that blew my mind.

I havn't cared much for night photography, I've tried it, but not worth the wait, especially in the winter.
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Trains go very fast there. It'd be pretty easy to miss if the lights were on the dim setting, which I've seen before.
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Now I see what you're talking about, I guess that blew my mind.

I havn't cared much for night photography, I've tried it, but not worth the wait, especially in the winter.

Choice is yours, but know that you're missing out on a very interesting part of the hobby.

I take more nighttime stuff now than I do daylight photos.

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I havn't cared much for night photography, I've tried it, but not worth the wait, especially in the winter.
I've always found the wait well worth it, especially when that wait is approximately 30 seconds compared to 1/500 of a second. That's only 29 and 499/500 seconds more. I can usually fit that into my schedule.

As for the snow, well, yes, it sure does make a nice scene at night. Now, if we could get some snow here in STL, rather than living in our tropical climate that has dominated this winter, that would be great.

And weather extremes make for the best photography in my opinion. I get more upset at my situation when I can not railfan during a heavy snow than when I am unable to do so on a perfectly sunny day.
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There's alot more to photography than trains and sunny days.

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Wouldn't the engineer have seen him an at least blown the horn? Wouldn't he also hear the rumbling of the loco? Also if he lived by the tracks wouldn't he know where the tracks were and to stay off of them?
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What I'm wondering is what was he doing out at 1:15 AM photographing trees?
Probably the same thing I am doing at 1:15 in the morning when I am out shooting trains.
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