Old 03-04-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Now, don't get me wrong. I'm happy that this shot is in the top of 24 running

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But, it wasn't what I was expecting. I wasn't so much expecting top of 24 for the one below, but at least more views than the shot above. The shot above is nice, but it really isn't thought out as much as the 2 below.

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Is anyone else seeing this trend lately? Or is it hard to say what hits and what misses on the site anymore for popularity?

Again, I'm flattered it made top of 24 and all the views that everyone has put into it, I appreciate it greatly, just wasn't what I was expecting. Especially since we're pressed to strive for better shots and stray away from the average wedgie anymore for the site. Which is great, better photographs, although I do tend to stray away and shoot the occasional wedgie or 2...or 3.....or 10, lol. Opinions or thoughts for the discussion?

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Old 03-04-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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No matter what, there are a large population of railfans that visit the site who are looking for trains, as opposed to photographic composition and planning.

The top image is a great angle of an interesting looking bridge that screams railroad, as well as a very clear image of the train. It also just screams, "model this on your layout."

You're appealing to the steak and potato railfans with it.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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Charles said it perfectly.

Railpictures attracts two types of people.

The railfan and the photographer. The railfan prefers the less thought out and rather easy to accomplish scene, while the photographer prefers the more unique composition with a more thought out scene.

Now, I am not certain which RP attracts more, I think that would be pretty hard to determine.

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Old 03-04-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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Also, the "slide" shot thumbnails poorly, it doesn't inspire opening it up, in my view.
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I think that the bridge shot is the best. The 3rd shot the tree stands out to much before the train.

As for top photo's, lately it seems that derailments are what attracts the most people.

I personally like the older shots from the 70's and 80's, but that's just my opinion on that. Part because that it what I grew up around.

Today it just seems the same ole, same ole with trains.

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I like the first one for the strong composition.
In the second, the sun is too high and the color weak.
The third has a really ugly tree in equally ugly light.

I can say this Ben because you have posted several great shots so I know I'm not killing someone's enthusiasm for this crazy thing we do.
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Thanks for the input on the discussion, guys. And thanks Dennis, for the comments. No, not killing my enthusiasm at all.

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I think that the bridge shot is the best. The 3rd shot the tree stands out to much before the train.

As for top photo's, lately it seems that derailments are what attracts the most people.

I personally like the older shots from the 70's and 80's, but that's just my opinion on that. Part because that it what I grew up around.

Today it just seems the same ole, same ole with trains.

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That is nothing new. Derailments have always and will always attract LOTS of views.
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A lot of good comments, I add More like a train on a bridge, The bigger the better.
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Ben - that Gallitzin shot is outstanding. You took great advantage of the filtered sun, and perfectly exposed every part of that shot to my taste. The muted color is very 'summer sunrise' to me, but different opinions are what makes photography great!

As far as view counts, and even screener's choice selections, it's a crapshoot... it's frustrating at times to see a shot of your own that you don't think is anything special far outdo a seemingly superior one, but the way I see it, there's no other place where any of these shots would anywhere near as many views, so at least there's that! And I've been very impressed with just about every single PCA winner lately, so I'd say that is going in a more 'artsy' direction, and it's nice to have that little part of the site recognizing that style of photo.
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