Old 04-04-2015, 04:46 AM   #176
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Here's another one I want to get on if have suggestins. This one has undersharpened, noise, hue, contrast, composition, poor image quality, pretty much the whole pig. I am going to try to fix these in photoshop that I have gotten! Suggestins please.

Sometimes our head seems to get locked into trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Instead of fighting the contrast and trying to lower it, why not make it work by increasing & exaggerating it? Years ago I once was trying to take a photo of a trio of Geeps waiting in a siding in the middle of a section (section = square mile) of tall prairie grass. The wind always blows here and I could not get a fast enough shutter speed on my Rodenstock 135mm/Copal 0 lens. Topped out at 1/500s (4x5 camera.) I could not get the grass sharp in the photo because I had hit the technical limits of my photo gear. SO, went the other direction. I shot it at 1/10s (using ND and f90.) The result was an image of stunningly sharp engines adrift in a swirling ocean of grass. Might have been my best shot that year, dunno. Anyway, I try hard to not allow my mind to get locked into a specific shot, but instead try to follow where the shot seems to be taking me. I put round pegs into round holes.


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Old 04-04-2015, 05:04 AM   #177
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Then again, sometimes even a full Gore-tex rainsuit won't suffice. (Been there, done that.)
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:32 AM   #178
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Colmat91 - let me make an attempt to find those Baldwin Sharks...
Sigh. The link was valid in September of 2014. 'Shame. I assume I'll outlive the caretaker's grudge and pray the rumor to have the Sharks scrapped in his will are false.

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Wow, unfriendlier than any RR place I ever ventured into.
That must be some huge building to house that guy's 1:1 scale train set!
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:08 PM   #179
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"What part of 'No Trespassing or Railfans' don't you understand?" (E&LS staff to hopeful visitor?)

Wow, unfriendlier than any RR place I ever ventured into.
That must be some huge building to house that guy's 1:1 scale train set!
Mitch,
Thanks for looking.

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He does... the units are with the rest of his collection at the old P&H crane plant in Escanaba, some of the other buildings their are used for the ELS car repair business. I believe for a time the plant was used by the CNW after they moved off the waterfront.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:53 PM   #181
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Railfans (I use the word advisedly) broke into the engine house and stole all the collectible stuff they could find, including manuals for the Sharks and reportedly builders plates. He's been death on railfans ever since. I can't say as I blame him.

Too bad we all get blamed for the actions of the few, but from my experience, there are a lot of bad apples among the railfan fraternity. Builders plates seldom actually fall off of locomotives, etc. A number of years ago Trains ran an article in which the librarian of the University of Michigan Transportation Library said that railroad related items represented their single highest category of loss (i.e. theft).

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Old 04-07-2015, 12:24 PM   #182
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This one demonstrates a very extrmee angle which is a technical no-no but look it is one of the most popular of all time and a very good photo. They should consider the whole composition when rejectin or acceptin photos.

I think too often RP screeners think the subject is the train. WRONG. The subject is often the entire scene in which a train is merely a part, maybe only a subsidiary part.

I know that, by policy, RP is against those kinds of photos, but I can't possibly imagine the reason why. Look at this one! Look at like all the landscape shots on this site

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Well Jim, you got the loco more into the rule of thirds space, but you had to cut off the top of the smoke plume to do it! If your point was leveling, there are about 30 vertical elements in the photo, none of which are in agreement. As best I can remember, I went with the crossing sign!

The reason the loco isn't in a rule of thirds location in the first place is there is a house about 2 pixels out of the frame on the left. It would have spoiled the photo and cloning it out is supposed to be a no no on RP, although now that we have photos with purple plows, I wonder what will be the next rule to fall?

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Old 04-08-2015, 01:35 AM   #184
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Well Jim, you got the loco more into the rule of thirds space, but you had to cut off the top of the smoke plume to do it! If your point was leveling, there are about 30 vertical elements in the photo, none of which are in agreement. As best I can remember, I went with the crossing sign!

The reason the loco isn't in a rule of thirds location in the first place is there is a house about 2 pixels out of the frame on the left. It would have spoiled the photo and cloning it out is supposed to be a no no on RP, although now that we have photos with purple plows, I wonder what will be the next rule to fall?
I figured you went with the crossing sign, but that threw off every other vertical on the left and background (including the horizon below the mountains.) But you were there, so you know how it looked. I've just always though it looked better to have all the verticals on the left level as well as the horizon line, and just accepted that the crossing sign pole was leaning (which is pretty common with old signs).

I don't mind the positioning of the car and the loco. The scene is so strong that it almost doesn't matter.
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I don't mind the positioning of the car and the loco. The scene is so strong that it almost doesn't matter.
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Well this looks natural, and sharp!



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Well this looks natural, and sharp!
Holy unlevel, Batman!
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Is this a case where the unlevelness and the blur is considered an artistic strength of the photo like that other picture Iposted? Or is it just unlevel and blurry?
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It is just straight up garbage. If you look at his photos he is apparently the luckiest uploader to exist.
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Apparently, he hasn't found the "Auto-adjust" button. (I actually like a couple of them once lightened.)
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It is just straight up garbage. If you look at his photos he is apparently the luckiest uploader to exist.
Nah, I think that would be me! I have gone from zero forethought and knowledge, to just piecemeal, in all of eleven years! It's all been strictly hit or miss with me. Maybe only in the past two or three years have I begun to wonder how to actually do this right!
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The best railroad photos on the net ! Really ?????? :

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As the photographer who hiked into get this shot, I'd like discuss what you believe the problem with this photo is ?
(Note: I've already uploaded a color corrected version after photoshop puked out an improperly colored version.)
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As the photographer who hiked into get this shot, I'd like discuss what you believe the problem with this photo is ?
(Note: I've already uploaded a color corrected version after photoshop puked out an improperly colored version.)
The issue that I see with this picture is that it looks too dark. No (sufficient) light on the train. The sky looks good, but the rest of the photo is definitely missing some light and colors.
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I would think it would be a relatively easy fix to lighten it up.


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I would think it would be a relatively easy fix to lighten it up.


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The other one could also be fixed.

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As the photographer who hiked into get this shot, I'd like discuss what you believe the problem with this photo is ?
(Note: I've already uploaded a color corrected version after photoshop puked out an improperly colored version.)
RP management often rejects backlit or high sun shots regardless of the effort to get to the spot, or the rarity of the scene.
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The other one could also be fixed.

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I really am in shock they took that Tyler Kestner shot. It's just so dark.
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RP management often rejects backlit or high sun shots regardless of the effort to get to the spot, or the rarity of the scene.
Yeah, I've noticed this rule seems to be waivering, I've also seen some cloudy day common power get through.
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