Old 12-03-2007, 02:38 AM   #1
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I'm looking for some feedback on this photo. For what it's worth, the train is NS 685 (empty coal from Baltimore, MD to the Reading and Northern in Reading, PA) stopped at CP Wyomissing Junction.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:05 AM   #2
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Concept is great; here's my version.
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If you were to shoot it again, time it a little better, catch it a fraction of a second earlier so that the pilot of the engine does not crowd the sign.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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If you were to shoot it again, time it a little better, catch it a fraction of a second earlier so that the pilot of the engine does not crowd the sign.

Timing was not the issue as the train was stopped. I snapped off about 8 photos, trying to get the best combination of focus and framing. I'll take another look at the others and see if another one jumps out at me.

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P.S. To be honest Janusz, I got bored while the train was sitting there and remembered some of your shots like this and thought I'd give it a try.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:42 AM   #4
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Janusz, how many times have we seen that shot of yours now?
Nick, I agree with what Janusz said, don't have a foreground subject incidentally cutting off a tiny bit of an engine - Not a happy composition. Also, the sign itself seems a tiny bit soft, but that might be the hair in my eyes O_O
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Janusz, how many times have we seen that shot of yours now?
Hmm, hadn't noticed. I am well known for over-posting an entirely different sort of shot.

That is my one real shallow DoF shot that involves a train passing, so I have no other choices when that is the subject matter. But shallow DoF is always a good thing to try:
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Nick, trying lots of shots while you are sitting bored is a very good thing!
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I've often thought about submitting this one (in color, of course), but just have never bothered:

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Janusz, how many times have we seen that shot of yours now?
At least it's not the switchstand shot!
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At least it's not the switchstand shot!
That's the point! I don't recall putting this shot on a bunch of times??? I'll have to add it to a banned list...
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Which switchstand would THAT be?
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Nick -
I like your shot. I've tried a few of this type myself but haven't achieved the kind of results I'd wanted. Still working out the bugs I s'pose. Example attached.
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Thanks to all for your comments. I'll have to give this photo another go the next time I'm out in Reading. The rest of the stuff I took either didn't have a decent depth of field or was just bad (worse than this photo) framing/composition.

I think I'll start to look for this type of shot to use as something different.

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I'd been wanting to catch a train here for a while in good light. Most of the time, the sun is on the other side of the tracks when I see one sitting here. I shot a few typical wedgies of this train and had to fight the urge to load it instead of this one. The wedgie was perfectly exposed and tack sharp, not to mention a GP40-2 in YN1.


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Nick I like the shot as well. Here's my attempt with depth of field.

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