Old 11-10-2010, 06:32 AM   #26
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Clearly you have never seen foamers at their best.
No, but it sounds like a good idea for a gallery.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:43 AM   #27
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This will be a good start:


Skip to about 1:00 for the action. We all know someone like this.
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You got me, I was standing right in the gauge. In fact, the only reason it was a 178 second exposure is because I had to close the shutter right before I got run over
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This will be a good start: We all know someone like this.
Only feel bad for the Railroad as there will get sued and new rules to keep fans away.

His Insurance CO. Will sue for him to get their cash back you can bet on that.
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Skip to about 1:00 for the action. We all know someone like this.
Let this be a lesson all of us. If you see a railfan or member of the public endangering themselves on railroad property (or, in general), stop and say something. It could save someone a serious injury, or even a life. If they refuse, depending on the situation, I might even consider calling the railroad police (some may consider this extreme, though it may be better than the alternative of them injuring themselves).

Since I've started working for a railroad (part-time), I've become far more aware of the dangers of being on tracks, and have become less tolerant of railfans who do so. One of the chief things they teach us during track safety class is to never be on the tracks unless it is necessary to carry out your duties. I can tell you know that it is never necessary for a railfan to be on the tracks to take pictures.

Apologies if this is a bit incoherent, been up all night writing a lab report, but hopefully you get the idea. Also, just to say the obvious, I've done some things in my younger years (with regards to this) that I now shudder at.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:29 PM   #31
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Great shot, how did you guess the exposure on that since it was backlit? I have a hard time on those types of shot, they all end up over or under exposed.
Expose for the scene, not the train. I like your caboose shot, but it appears grainy to me. For RP's intents, they may give it the dreaded "cloudy/common."
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Cow, Max. It is obvious the tracks turn and that it was taken from a good distance. The jury declares Troy innocent.
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Its not obvious it was taken from a good distance. The exif data is hidden and Chase stated he may have shot with a 70mm. Thats not a great distance and the tracks do not look like they curve that sharply from the pictures that were given. Someone just explain to me how the tracks are on either side of him if he is shooting a 70 mm.
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Who cares where he took it from? I don't. If he was trespassing, oh well. That's between him, the railroad, and the police. I'm not his mom and I wasn't there.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:51 PM   #35
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Hahhaha I can't wait either but it really is the truth. If he says he wasn't trespassing, well that's the end of the story for us here in the forums. There are way to many amateur detectives sitting in dark rooms behind monitors looking to prove everyone wrong. I too have played that role.
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Its not obvious it was taken from a good distance. The exif data is hidden and Chase stated he may have shot with a 70mm. Thats not a great distance and the tracks do not look like they curve that sharply from the pictures that were given. Someone just explain to me how the tracks are on either side of him if he is shooting a 70 mm.
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From the night shot, looks like he is right between the rails. Day shot showed nothing to hint otherwise, from the angle. If he was standing on the road, the rails should be on his left, or his right, not on both sides.
Did you not notice that the road is on both sides of the tracks there and it is on a curve??

I told you where I was, I showed you a picture even, look at all my photos, none of them have exif due to my processing workflow strips it, I dont give a shit if you dont believe me or not...

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There are way to many amateur detectives sitting in dark rooms behind monitors looking to prove everyone wrong. I too have played that role.
I have too, but it's pretty obvious that in this case I wasnt...

I'm about to hit the road and wont have internet access until tonight, I will be interested to see how childish it gets between now and then.

On a non-related note, if anyone is near Thomasville, GA I will be in the area for a family reunion this weekend, any railfanning tips? I know CSX and NS go through there but I dont think it's very busy. I wont have a lot of spare time anyway hopefully.

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I have too, but it's pretty obvious that in this case I wasnt...

I'm about to hit the road and wont have internet access until tonight, I will be interested to see how childish it gets between now and then.

On a non-related note, if anyone is near Thomasville, GA I will be in the area for a family reunion this weekend, any railfanning tips? I know CSX and NS go through there but I dont think it's very busy. I wont have a lot of spare time anyway hopefully.
I wasn't pointing fingers at anyone. I didn't mean any harm. I just saw where this thread was and still may be headed. I've been on both sides of issues like this, and sometimes people have no idea what really happened.

Peace out! That's still cool right?
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I wasnt getting on you, just throwin that out there
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Pot calling the kettle black? shot at 56mm in the middle of the gauge?



Did you not notice that the road is on both sides of the tracks there and it is on a curve??

I told you where I was, I showed you a picture even, look at all my photos, none of them have exif due to my processing workflow strips it, I dont give a shit if you dont believe me or not...



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Railroad photography is what you make of it, but one way is not "better" than another, IMHO. Unless you have a pole right thought the nose of the engine! -SG

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I see you took Jim's place with the amicons since he has been on his break.
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So I guess the question becomes is standing in the crossing ok?
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The question is does it really matter........
He was in the middle of the woods, the chances of anyone caring are pretty slim, if a train did come he would hear and see the gates activate and have time to get his shit off the tracks. We can sit on our high horse and pretend we have never trespassed, but we all have sometime or the other.
I can believe I am arguing in Troy's favor but this trespassing stuff is stupid...
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I was just trying to bust his ball initially till he got all huffy.
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Wouldn't you get huffy if someone was busting your balls?

As with nikos comment, I disagree but I'm hypocritical at the same time. . If you're in the gauge, inches from the tracks, in the row, what have you....you are just asking for trouble. You shouldn't be there and you know it. (btw, not regarding the original post on this soap box). How am I being hypocritical? You shouldn't be anywhere that you know you shouldn't, but I've been at spots where it would and has been frowned upon but there was no danger involved. Such as this shot:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=320703&nseq=6

Shouldn't be down there, and I was prepared to be told to move.

Same with this one. Tele shot, in no danger.

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Like I said, I dont believe you should be inches from the tracks, between 2 tracks or in the gauge. But I myself have been in "posted", I guess you could say, areas to get a shot. Like nikos said, we've done it, and I'm owning up to it, but I'm not owning up or am stupid enough to put myself in danger.

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