Old 12-01-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Since I was three for three yesterday I want to say something nice about RP. Which is actually pretty easy.

I had started scanning slides and posting them on the net long before coming here six years ago. But I tended to post smaller images and did not necessarily pay all that much attention to quality (most sites had severe file size limitations). And after all it was just the internet. And I was mostly focused on my old DRGW narrow gauge stuff which was popular with the ng. fans.

Then I discovered RP which wanted high quality, large, full screen kinds of images. So I started redoing my ng. stuff and posting some of it here. It was fun. I liked the bigger screen images and my Photoshop skill level started to improve.

Pretty soon I had a hard disk full of these larger images. That led first to a personal website for my big narrow gauge images:

http://narrowgaugememories.com/v/Rio+Grande+in+the+60s/

and then to a more general railroad image site:

http://www.lifewastedchasingtrains.com/main.php.

Between RP and my two websites I have had a LOT of fun digging out old images and processing them for posting. I'm finding stuff I had long forgotten. For an old fart like me, it is a quite an interesting journey looking through all this old stuff. But it all started with RP.

But more than that, it has motivated me to get off my duff and go out and taken even more train pix.....as if I need more train pix (my wife's line). Taking pix for me is all about sharing and comraderie, both the thrill of the chase as well as the resulting images, and RP has provided an important adjunct to the various slide shows that once were the principal outlet for all this.

So as frustrated as I get with RP, the fact is it has been a good influence. Even though most of my stuff goes into my personal websites now (I like the total control!) it is fun to occasionally play the game here.

So, thanks RP.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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How often do you add photos to your site? Meaning how often should I come back for new images?

Also, your wife must be a saint to allow you to go on your numerous adventures.
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How often do you add photos to your site? Meaning how often should I come back for new images?
Thanks for the kind words, but it really is unpredictable.

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Also, your wife must be a saint to allow you to go on your numerous adventures.
Another way to look at it is she is glad to get me out of her hair. She's a saint, but for entirely different reasons.
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Except for the personal web site (I don't have one---but that might be something I decide to start, just for kicks)...you spoke for me as well. I do enjoy RP----otherwise I wouldn't hang around or post photos. Like you (and everyone else), I get irked at times over weenie rejections...but I always get over it.

For anyone with the stomach to look at my images, you'll see (as it is with your stuff) a wild variation in the time a shot was taken. I'll have one I shot last week....and then one from 1964...then one from 1978, and so on. Like you, it's a combination of digging out images from past adventures, and having some motivation to shoot some new stuff (although I have no intentions of freezing my butt off to shoot signals or trains coming out of tunnels in the dead of night; I'll leave that to Loyd, Chase, Travis and others!). I never, ever take myself too seriously about this stuff...because my life doesn't revolve around me getting a shot posted on RP....or anywhere else.

Also like you----I have many thousands of shots stored in metal slide boxes and elsewhere, and I dare say many of them would be "RP Worthy." I'll try to continue to put up shots as the years go on, because it really is fun (despite me getting ticked off with rejections I don't agree with from time to time...but I think I said that already, did I not?).

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...[portion omitted]... Taking pix for me is all about sharing and comraderie, both the thrill of the chase as well as the resulting images, ...[remainder omitted]....
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That is why I do this.
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I just can't get enough of the narrow gauge stuff. I really enjoy looking at your photos, John. Thanks for sharing.

I was just a little kid when you took a lot of those photos. Still, it's an inspiration and I enjoy trying to recreate that in model form in the basement of my home.

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That is why I do this.
My favorite description of this hobby is on my website. "One friend likens our interest in trains to fishing. When the boys go fishing, the purpose is not really to catch a bunch of fish, but to tell tall tales and drink whiskey. More or less the same with chasing trains. Except you end up with a bunch of train pix to do something with."
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Well said.

That is why I do this.
...I post photos on Rail Pictures to meet and pick up women....
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How is that working for you BTW
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If you don't mind a little facial hair, bad breath and some body odor....not bad at all... (see attached)

Whenever an image of mine makes "Top Shots," I get more calls. If I ever made a Screener's Choice (although I think I did once....long time ago), I'd probably need chemical assistance....
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If you don't mind a little facial hair, bad breath and some body odor....not bad at all... (see attached)

Whenever an image of mine makes "Top Shots," I get more calls. If I ever made a Screener's Choice (although I think I did once....long time ago), I'd probably need chemical assistance....

Must... must rinse eyes with a Clorox wash...
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I meant some womens while I was out shooting pictures of the choo choos.

They didn't much like me none.

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I meant some womens while I was out shooting pictures of the choo choos.

They didn't much like me none.



This one followed me around for a long time.


I think she liked me or something.
I found one while out Foaming... she was a little young though...

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Why was that person out there?

That is very unusual and people dressed like that don't have cars.

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[quote=Holloran Grade;146884]Why was that person out there?

That is very unusual and people dressed like that don't have cars.

Mennonite women also dress like that...and, unlike the Amish, they use automobiles.

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My favorite description of this hobby is on my website. "One friend likens our interest in trains to fishing. When the boys go fishing, the purpose is not really to catch a bunch of fish, but to tell tall tales and drink whiskey. More or less the same with chasing trains. Except you end up with a bunch of train pix to do something with."
I use that analogy often, but unlike your last sentence, I often return with little to nothing...which can be a LOT like fishing. Some days the trains just aren't "biting" or I'm "fishing" in the wrong spot.
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I use that analogy often, but unlike your last sentence, I often return with little to nothing...which can be a LOT like fishing. Some days the trains just aren't "biting" or I'm "fishing" in the wrong spot.
Yep, that is true. And it reminds me I still have some crappie in the freezer from this spring I need to fry up....
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Mennonite women also dress like that...and, unlike the Amish, they use automobiles

I have heard that Mennonites use cars, but I have never seen a car load anywhere in California.

You don't see many people dressed like this in the LA area, only when they pass through Fullerton on their way to Mexico, or back east.
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I have heard that Mennonites use cars, but I have never seen a car load anywhere in California.

You don't see many people dressed like this in the LA area, only when they pass through Fullerton on their way to Mexico, or back east.
There were a group of 3 girls, 2 boys and an older gentleman. One of the boys had a scanner while the other was taking pictures. The older gentleman appeared to be reading scripture. Two of the girls were making sketches while this one was taking in the scene.

I thought it was a rather unusual sight. The circus train came through an hour or so after.
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There were a group of 3 girls, 2 boys and an older gentleman. One of the boys had a scanner while the other was taking pictures. The older gentleman appeared to be reading scripture. Two of the girls were making sketches while this one was taking in the scene.

I thought it was a rather unusual sight. The circus train came through an hour or so after.
You didn't happen to see a flying saucer parked near by did you?

Or perhaps those Hollywood movie vans that are painted white and say Columbia Pictures , or 20th Century Fox on the doors?

That is beyond odd.
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You didn't happen to see a flying saucer parked near by did you?

Or perhaps those Hollywood movie vans that are painted white and say Columbia Pictures , or 20th Century Fox on the doors?

That is beyond odd.
The guy from California thinks someone is odd??
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The guy from California thinks someone is odd??
In honor of Ron ---> "I find that remark well thought out, responsive to the subject matter of the post, and uniquely humorous."

Rather than, "LOL!"


HG - I wish we had a Waffle house around here. The nearest one is Kingman Arizona.

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In honor of Ron ---> "I find that remark well thought out, responsive to the subject matter of the post, and uniquely humorous."

Rather than, "LOL!"


HG - I wish we had a Waffle house around here. The nearest one is Kingman Arizona.
That would be "WTORTSMPUH".....

There's a Waffle House in Kingsport, TN (about 45 miles from here)---but we have several Huddle House eateries (one here in BSG, plus two or three more within 10 to 15 miles). Good "diner"-type fare....
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Huddle House is for restaurateurs who cant afford a Waffle House franchise

Although I try to search out an IHOP when possible...

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