Old 03-17-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
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Ben, I love the shot, but I suppose there is just a bit too much dead space on both the left and right. It'd be nice if you could shoot that over, but surrounded with autumn like conditions with nice oranges, reds, etc.

Very good quality! I noticed you took advantage of the lens, and shot at 250mm. The quality is great!

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You're not in the middle of the tracks, are you, or is does it appear that way thanks to the zoom?
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Thanks to the zoom, the train is going roughly 5 mph and a good quarter mile away, otherwise I wouldn't have been on the tracks.
Ummmmm...what? The train is going 5 mph because of the zoom?
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Also guys, I'm going through some of my old stuff and I came upon this shot. I think it's because of the massive amount of sky, but unfortunatly the original wasn't saved, just the processed version. I'm going to try and crop some of that sky without losing a lot of quality.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=103889186

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The tunnel shot sets a bad example to younger, dumber railfans abot being on RR tracks. Yes, I know the train was doing "5 miles per hour" and that you're zoomed in. But you were still on the tracks with a train in sight. I'm not going to preach to you because there are a million comebacks that you could have including pointing out that you could theoretically stand at a grade croosing and get a shot like this sans tunnel before the gates go down or that a few of my rail shots have been taken on the rails, albeit without trains around.

Just remember, as I try to, that we do lead by example.

As for the shot, way too much track in the foreground and next time take a cue from AB(2) and others: shoot before the train enters the tunnle and get some light on the nose.


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I understand Joe.


All of you newcomers and whatnot....do NOT do what I attempted. To get this sort of shot, make sure you have some tele on you and stand on the outside of a curve. I do NOT condone this type of behavior at all.
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Well, once again I find a rejected photo that I like better than 50% of the ones that I find in the database.

I think your tunnel shot is great and I like it better having no light on the engine and just the lights glaring. The dead space also doesnt bother me at all. Yeah, I'm no expert on photography, what do I know, but how many people actually are who buy and frame photos? If I saw a print of this next to prints of half the others I see on here being sold, my money would go to you.

imo, the shot is great and should be on here, but its not my website.
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All of you newcomers and whatnot....do NOT do what I attempted. To get this sort of shot, make sure you have some tele on you and stand on the outside of a curve. I do NOT condone this type of behavior at all.
Right...... Lets just call this Trespassingrailpictures.net! Come on folks!
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Also guys, I'm going through some of my old stuff and I came upon this shot. I think it's because of the massive amount of sky, but unfortunatly the original wasn't saved, just the processed version. I'm going to try and crop some of that sky without losing a lot of quality.

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It is also because things seem cut off. I would have aimed a bit more to the left. You lose the uninteresting foliage on the right. You don't cut off the most interesting parts of the cloud cover, the white cloud upper left and the white/blue opening in the dark at the middle left.

And - this is even more a matter of taste than everything else, and it varies shot by shot for sure - the trains would point into the shot rather than out of it. I don't know if I can say this intelligibly or in a way that makes the general point, but a train that comes out of the middle and goes off to the left seems out of balance compared to a train that comes out of the right and goes off to the left.

Anyway, the shot also has a high-sun look at the rails. I think it is a very nice effort but I am not a fan.
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The tunnel shot sets a bad example to younger, dumber railfans abot being on RR tracks. Yes, I know the train was doing "5 miles per hour" and that you're zoomed in. But you were still on the tracks with a train in sight. I'm not going to preach to you because there are a million comebacks that you could have including pointing out that you could theoretically stand at a grade croosing and get a shot like this sans tunnel before the gates go down or that a few of my rail shots have been taken on the rails, albeit without trains around.

Just remember, as I try to, that we do lead by example.
before the train enters the tunnle and get some light on the nose.

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I wouldn't necessary imply that younger railfans are dumber. I've seen plenty of railfan adults who think they can roam about railroad property, for god only knows why.

Of course, I understand what you were saying, in that it's setting a bad example and all, but still, I think if you're dumb to begin with and a railfan, it really doesn't matter what age you're.

Then again, I have seen plenty of little kids railfanning. You know it's bad when the tri-pod is taller than them.

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Just to be clear, the tunnel shot was hit with PEQ because of the fact that you were standing on the tracks. In cases where a photographer was obviously trespassing, we'll use the PEQ rejection reason.

Ben has requested this thread be closed, so I'm honoring his request.
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