Old 07-03-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Well, here it is, folks... (FINAL UPDATE: 11-01-09)

I present to you the first photo added of Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 on its trip east to Michigan for TrainFestival 2009.

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And now, a game. How many photos of this engine will have been posted by the time she returns to Portland in October. 200? 300? 500? 1,000? 2,000? Let's hear your guesses below.

Another useless fact: Before she started this trip, there were 287 photos that including SP 4449 in some way on RP. In only a few months, that number should double with photos from this trip alone.

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NOTE: FINAL UPDATE on 11-01-09. See post #40.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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There'll be quite a few by the time she gets back... between the trip to Michigan, the excursions there, the excursions in Minnesota, and the trip back... that's a lot of opportunities.

I'll say 200 more photos between today and when she gets back to Portland... 5-6 of them will be from me.
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I'm gonna go with close to 300 additional photos by the time she returns to Portland.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:32 AM   #4
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:43 AM   #5
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Hmm ... I have older photos taken last year that I haven't uploaded. Guess I better sit on those for another year.
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I think it is up to the screeners on how many they want in the DB. Ultimately they control the photo count. My guess, how many ever the screeners let in
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:42 AM   #7
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I'll go with 253.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:43 AM   #8
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Heck I would say 200 to 250 or more.

I wish I could see this thing run and get some photos. Heck that last time I saw a steam engine run was the last trip Frisco 1522 ran and thats been awhile back.
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I wish I could see this thing run and get some photos. Heck that last time I saw a steam engine run was the last trip Frisco 1522 ran and thats been awhile back.
I wish I could have saw the 1522, in old videos it looks so cool! I'm guessing 551.
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I wish I could have saw the 1522, in old videos it looks so cool!
Oh it was awsome and the whistle on that thing sounded so great. I can still close my eyes today and remember the first time waiting for it in a opean field and hearing the whistle miles away. This was in 92 or 93 in the spring and the sun hadn't been up very long.
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Wow people calling the amount of photos they will get on here. Kind of like Babe Ruth calling his shot?
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:18 PM   #12
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Default Well, here it is, folks... (UPDATED 7-16-09)

With Southern Pacific 4449 safety tucked away in Minneapolis, it's time to look back at the coverage of the first leg of her 2009 journey to Michigan.

As of today, July 16, there have been exactly 50 photos added of the eastbound move from Portland to Minneapolis. The move from Fargo to Minneapolis on July 9 received the most coverage on RP, with 9 photographers adding 15 shots.

The top three:

No surprise at number 1, with Mitch's PotW (and likely PCA) receiving more than double the views of any other photos.
Image © Mitch Goldman
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Number 2:
Image © Bob Harbison
PhotoID: 289640
Photograph © Bob Harbison


Number 3, Kyle's shot, which was the very first shot of the trip added to RP, is still hanging around.
Image © Kyle Weismann-Yee
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Photograph © Kyle Weismann-Yee


With plenty of photographers heading out this weekend (and the masses at TrainFest), those numbers should climb rapidly in the coming weeks.

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:32 PM   #13
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Stop giving away my locations!!! Now what!

I actually have two maybe 3 bluff locations planned but it all depends on keeping up as most freights can out pace me through most of the trip. go go gadget helicopter.

Really hoping for some good storms, but that won't happen.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:57 PM   #14
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I think the most interesting thing about the Train Festival will be seeing who, if anyone, can get angles/scenes that nobody else gets. The trips to/from Michigan clearly offer the greatest variety of scenery, even if the hunt is more difficult. Shots like the ones Chris listed in his post may end up being the pick of the litter. At the show, the angles/scenes will more limited and the local constabulary will likely be out in force keeping the foamers at bay. Just getting a clean shot could be a real challenge. The crowd and the lack of control are the primary reasons I elected not to go....although it certainly was tempting. Strangely, the big engines don't really excite me that much. The Leviathan however,....now that's a sweet engine.

I'm curious as to how this RP audience feels about tons and tons of shots of the same engine or engines. Those who intend to shoot the 4449 and post here may face a sort of burnout. If views are any indication, there seems to come a saturation point on a particular railroad or locomotive and once that point is reached, you could post new angles and better lit shots and it just doesn't matter any more.

Like the rest of you, I will be interested to see if the Screeners draw any lines on the volume/quality/repetitiveness of Train Festival pictures. I will also be interested to see how the audience reacts after the initial tidal wave hits.
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Tidal waves are ok with me, I like different photographers perspectives. Why? Well, every photographer that gets their pic accepted here will think that THEY have the best one on the site. I am comfortably ok with this, we all work hard for our pics(fuel, airfare, film, computer and hard drive expense, post-processing time just to name afew), even if they are considered sub-par to other photographers photos. It is an accomplishment to any photographer whom gets a photo on this site and I am one of those that I speak of.(I'll even bet most of you reading this post are as well!!)

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Wow people calling the amount of photos they will get on here. Kind of like Babe Ruth calling his shot?
No. The numbers are how many 4449 shots from July-October will be posted on RP by ALL photographers not just themselves.
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I suppose the real question is, who is going to take the time to count every image accepted of 4449 during this excursion to/from Michigan and of course during the event?

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I suppose the real question is, who is going to take the time to count every image accepted of 4449 during this excursion to/from Michigan and of course during the event?

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It has already been done by Chris to this point. Look about 3 or 4 posts up.
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It has already been done by Chris to this point. Look about 3 or 4 posts up.
Hmm, that's dedication there! I must of overlooked that post. Thanks Travis.

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I suppose the real question is, who is going to take the time to count every image accepted of 4449 during this excursion to/from Michigan and of course during the event?
Who counts? Search "4449" taken in 2009, sort by date, and minus all the shots not in July and shots with diesels in them. Takes maybe 3 minutes. It's a good break from work.

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I had been predicting 400-500 and I will go with 475 as my guess.
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The search function. Simply set it for 4-8-4, Southern Pacific, 2009.

"Your search returned 56 photos. Here are photos 1 - 56 sorted by"
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About 300 too many?

I figure there will be 10-15 outstanding photos, and there will be 300-350 other shots.

so chalk me up for 365

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Who counts? Search "4449" taken in 2009, sort by date, and minus all the shots not in July and shots with diesels in them. Takes maybe 3 minutes. It's a good break from work.

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The search function. Simply set it for 4-8-4, Southern Pacific, 2009.

"Your search returned 56 photos. Here are photos 1 - 56 sorted by"
Ahh, the search function! I don't where my head is today, I think more sleep is a priority from now on.

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