Old 06-06-2007, 04:15 AM   #26
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Oh c'mon, Nick! It looks like you get plenty of action when the sun is out...which is good cause I'm a fan!
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:04 AM   #27
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Oh c'mon, Nick! It looks like you get plenty of action when the sun is out...which is good cause I'm a fan!
Eh, not as much as I'd like...but then again, I'm spoiled, living on a line with roughly 70 trains per day and all (it's a real wake-up-call when I railfan the Southern Tier Line which gets perhaps 1/10 of what the Chicago Line gets...but the scenery is to die for!). The biggest problem up here is that it's flat, straight, and has next to nothing trackside for photo-props...
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:07 AM   #28
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:18 AM   #29
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What decides who a screener's friends are, out of curiosity?

Also, I noticed the "banned" check box on the screen. Is it just the admin who can ban members or can any screener do it if someone double-uploads or abuses a feature or guideline?
I will not screen any friends photos and they know this. We have to maintain integrity for the site and it reflects upon us personally in situations when a friend is involved. Therefore, I drive the Chris' nuts by kicking photos submitted by my friends into the senior editors que. Mike, Greg, Brian, Mark, etc. know how it goes. The rule: be fair and always let a non-partisan eye screen the photo.
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:22 PM   #30
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I surprised this hasn't been asked...do the screeners ever reject any other screener's submissions? If so, what is the following exchange like?

"What do you mean it's backlit? I'll have you fired if you don't accept it!"
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:33 PM   #31
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I surprised this hasn't been asked...do the screeners ever reject any other screener's submissions? If so, what is the following exchange like?

"What do you mean it's backlit? I'll have you fired if you don't accept it!"
LOL ... I would imagine that in order to stay a screener they would probably have to be submitting acceptable photos. If they get a reject from another screener that would be pretty hilarious in my opinion.

Obviously screeners do not have to have always submitted very nice shots.

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From which one can only conclude, by a simple application of logic, that Andrew's early stuff must have consisted mostly of PURE CRAP!!!!!!!!

Tongue not just placed firmly but indeed smashed into cheek!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So how'd you get your shooting skills going????????? You must have come a LOOOOOONG way!!!!!
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LOL ... I would imagine that in order to stay a screener they would probably have to be submitting acceptable photos. If they get a reject from another screener that would be pretty hilarious in my opinion.
That hurts, Carl. Just kidding, but yes, I do still get photos rejected. ::gasp!:: It's mainly because I like to push the envelope here at RP.net and try some seriously out-of-the-box stuff or just different. I don't get mad because its not like the photo has been deleted off of the earth or was rejected by society as a whole. I have attached one of the two or three rejections I have gotten this year. Enjoy! (Rejected for "backlit")
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I don't get mad because its not like the photo has been deleted off of the earth or was rejected by society as a whole.
WHAT??? You mean railpics isn't the end-all be-all???



(you'd think so sometimes)

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:26 AM   #35
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I surprised this hasn't been asked...do the screeners ever reject any other screener's submissions? If so, what is the following exchange like?

"What do you mean it's backlit? I'll have you fired if you don't accept it!"
Oh heck yes! I've been rejected for soft focus, horizon unlevel, backlit, etc... I take the magazine approach of rejection. I can wallpaper my house with rejection slips from the magazines. You just say "OK" and move on if it is not a technical glitch that can be corrected.
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I have attached one of the two or three rejections I have gotten this year. Enjoy! (Rejected for "backlit")
I like it. I don't object to backlit shots, especially strongly backlit shots, I think they can look very dramatic.

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I like it. I don't object to backlit shots, especially strongly backlit shots, I think they can look very dramatic.

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I didn't even waste time submitting that one because I knew it would get rejected for being backlit, even though the nose and rear of the train are well lit (and I've seen similar lit shots accepted on here, but with my luck, it would be rejected). If they'd only come along an hour later, the sun would have been perfect. I was about 30 feet up in a hunting blind and haven't had the opportunity to go back and try again later in the evening.
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I didn't even waste time submitting that one because I knew it would get rejected for being backlit, even though the nose and rear of the train are well lit (and I've seen similar lit shots accepted on here, but with my luck, it would be rejected). If they'd only come along an hour later, the sun would have been perfect. I was about 30 feet up in a hunting blind and haven't had the opportunity to go back and try again later in the evening.
It depends on the picture - some backlit pics work, just like some normally lit pics don't, there's no hard & fast rules. I think to work, a backlit pic has to have 'something' else in it or about it besides the subject to maintain interest - maybe reflections and/or glints off a wet surface, or spectacular lighting, or in the case of Andrews shot, the steam, snow, trees, and shadows.

I like the location in your shot and look forward to seeing the shot once the light has come round. With the light where it was though, maybe the better shot would have been a stronger telephoto to catch it further back on the curve, or if possible, a lower, more head on angle with the rest of the train visible in the background ?


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Honestly - I would never assume anyone with pics accepted here was. I just haven't had time to browse the entire site yet

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Thanks, Chris. The location I shot that from isn't easily accessible by any means, and it's not a location I can get to easily and often when trains are coming. When I'm faced with limitations like that, I tend to fire off as many shots as possible to increase the odds of having a "keeper." I would have preferred to have submitted the other shot, as I really like the angle of the train on the curve, but I thought the shadowed side was a killer for railpics standards. I still like the shot, and will maybe even have it printed some day.

By the way, I see you resumitted a leveled shot of the train by the grain silo. Looks great!

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