Old 10-31-2006, 01:07 AM   #1
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Lately, my life seems to have been lived on a tight schedule, with very little time to actually go out and just have fun. But, Sunday, I decided I wanted to go to a hobby store in Lombard. With my two usual railfanning buddies opting out this day, I ventured out on my own.

When I arrived in Lombard, I discovered that my hobby shop was closed. With no set spots to go to, and only a crappy black and white map I had printed out earlier, I pretty much drove around aimlessly looking for spots. First I found this shot east of the station:

After this, I moved to the main Lombard station, which just happens to be the most boring place in the world. Unfortunately, at this point, three trains decided to come in quick sucession, leaving me no choice but to work with what I had. SO, I put in my orange filter, turned the camera on B&W, and set my skateboard on the platform.


Then, another came from the other direction. Tried something different, but I don't think it worked as well.

I was ready to leave the station, but as I walked toward my truck, another train came. This one was shot in color and converted to B&W.

Now, with no perceived danger of missing a train, I ventured off in search of a new spot. After getting slightly lost and missing a train, I was still looking when I looked to the side and saw a gap in the trees in a residential area. I knew I had to have this shot, and I got it. It's probably my favorite shot of the day:

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After this train, I decided to hightail it for home. I had had a good, unplanned day with no idea where I was going. It was quite a day.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:09 AM   #2
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Mike! Nice shots, very creative, as always! I like the one with the 70MACs a lot!

Were you going to lombard hobbies by any chance?
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Nice report Mike. Dirving around aimlessly is sometimes the best method to getting some killer shots.

I hope the hobby shop isnt closed for good. Its sad to see hobby shops close for good.
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Great report and shots Mike.I used to see great and creative shots from you.Did you tried to upload the first shot to database?
Thanks alot for sharing and keep up the great work.
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Thanks to all!
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Mike! Nice shots, very creative, as always! I like the one with the 70MACs a lot!

Were you going to lombard hobbies by any chance?
I tried the '70MACs one but it was rejected for Bad Motive and Backlit. But, meh I didn't think it would get in, but I thought I'd give it a try.Indeed, I was heading there. They have a certain engine I want on sale.
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Nice report Mike. Dirving around aimlessly is sometimes the best method to getting some killer shots.

I hope the hobby shop isnt closed for good. Its sad to see hobby shops close for good.
It was a rather fun way to find shots. I might try it a bit more perhaps. I usually scout out spots on Google Earth or local.live, but not this time, just out of forgetfulness. And don't worry, it's just closed for Sunday.
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Great report and shots Mike.I used to see great and creative shots from you.Did you tried to upload the first shot to database?
Thanks alot for sharing and keep up the great work.
I did try uploading the first one, and it was rejected for bad cropping. I need to give it another try or appeal it.
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:13 PM   #6
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I find myself doing this alot. I just decide that i will go for a certian direction, then let the trains decide where i will go from there, i works out pretty good, and you do get some shots you probably wouldnt have expected.
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