Old 12-13-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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Main Street, Richmond, Va. That's the underside of I-95 above --

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I'm very intrested in shooting the head end of a train here. I would have caught one last week had I realized the train that went on the other side of Main Street Station (out of frame) was going to come back down on this side.

This is uncropped with some mild processing. Shooting around the pillars will be interesting. I think my 10 to 22 would work better here, but it is still LUBO until after Christmas. A night time shot would be nice and in most ways would be easire to pull off for RP intents.

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Old 12-13-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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Rent a U-Haul and set up shop on the roof of it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:27 PM   #3
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Troy's right, you need to elevate, but I don't know that that is enough, and considering how busy that parking lot is, you're likely to draw attention that you don't want...

I've stood in that exact same spot trying to figure out a shot myself. I missed at least two trains going through there by walking away a minute or two too soon (story of my life, however, and not something unique to that spot).
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:34 PM   #4
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The only thing about elevating at this spot is one of the reasons I'd liketo shoot here is to get the underside of the interstate. Another location that would get elevation is the steps of the station looking for a train heading in the opposite direction. Some interesting interstating going on with that side too.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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If you are REALLY hard core, you could try one of these:

http://www.ur.com/index.php/equipmen...y=Aerial+Lifts

Or one of these:
http://www.genielift.com/gs-series/index.asp

If you do rent a truck, make sure it's a yellow RYDER truck, grow a beard, dont bathe for a few days and learn some islamic chants so when the cops come and question you, you can have a witty response.

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Old 12-13-2010, 11:34 PM   #6
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I think the best time for shooting this area would be on a nice cloudy day, especially under the bridge. It is a very interesting location. I don't know what you could do about the elevation problem, which means cut off trucks and obstructing objects will certainly be a problem. However, they aren't a deal-breaker...2 shots from around this spot:
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:33 PM   #7
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I'm thinking a night shot - maybe with an extra wide angle so you catch a little more of the station. But do you want to hang out down there at night? I mean, it's not the worst part of Richmond, but . . .

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I felt safe in that area (shiplock park, main street station, tobacco row) at night. I wouldn't venture too far from there though

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