Old 06-18-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Final, southbound after meeting the second in Palm Bay, this was shot in
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Well, it looks like you are learning how to use the strobes which is a good thing. I'm not a big fan of the composition, which is a little too messy for my tastes. The third one I like the best. Would prefer the loco in the 1/3 horizontal position rather than centered. Also would crop in a bit. You got any examples without the crossing gates?
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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Pretty wild and something I do not recall seeing before - stop action streaks at a crossing. Are you showing us past rejects? If not, I'd hope admin would accept them.

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I love you glucose trademark symbol, very clever.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:37 AM   #5
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I just shot these last night and haven't uploaded them yet.

I do also prefer the 3rd and will return when I have blue and white or SD70's out in front, they contrast better. There are three CITX diesels with super-reflective markings I would love to have out in front.

I wanted to freeze the locomotive in the center of the crossing maybe if I put the whole thing in the left 3rd it could work.
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Pretty wild and something I do not recall seeing before - stop action streaks at a crossing.
I'm sure there are more examples on RP. Or did you mean specifically at a crossing?

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I really had to dig after I saw Jim's post. No crossing photos though.

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I guess I better submit these bad boys then, I came up with the idea but I was certain it had been done before.

Going to have another go this week maybe, this time bringing my Mamiya 645 and 45 2.8 as well.
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last 2 rejected for aesthetic quality.......everyone else who has seen them thinks they are bad ass, I might actually appeal these.
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It's an interesting effect, but I think it's a more common style of shot than people are leading you to believe.

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I wouldn't appeal these, but then I wouldn't have submitted them in the first place. In the last two, the placement of the train in the crossing isn't that great. It looks happenstance. I'd rather see a stop action shot like a lot of the other folks are doing rather than this. In some way, it seems wrong because it implies that the train is in the crossing at the same time the arms are going down.

So, no, not bad ass in my opinion.
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last 2 rejected for aesthetic quality.......everyone else who has seen them thinks they are bad ass...
Names, please!

The last one is the most appealing of the three, as the first two have an annoying building in the background blending into the locomotive. In fact, the first time I looked at #2 I thought that loco had a huge tan pilot on it. But...there is just so much going on in #3 that all the light elements make it look cluttered. You may want to try this in a spot where you don't have the crossing gates/signals cluttering things.
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Also, the screeners here reject all sorts of things that some people like. Do photography for yourself, not RP. Whatever happens, you're learning a lot in the process.
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The last one is the most appealing of the three, as the first two have an annoying building in the background blending into the locomotive.
Count my bad ass! The 3rd is definitely the best. The building in the first two really hurt. On to something good here, keep at it!

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I wouldn't appeal these, but then I wouldn't have submitted them in the first place. In the last two, the placement of the train in the crossing isn't that great. It looks happenstance. I'd rather see a stop action shot like a lot of the other folks are doing rather than this. In some way, it seems wrong because it implies that the train is in the crossing at the same time the arms are going down.

So, no, not bad ass in my opinion.
Bad ass in my opinion.

Timing is perfect - cab caught perfectly right between the crossing arms.

Joe - why would you rather see a "shot like a lot of other folks are doing"??

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I have gotten e-mails from "Dog-on-a-Train" fans and I have names, lol!

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Count my bad ass! The 3rd is definitely the best. The building in the first two really hurt. On to something good here, keep at it!



Hallelujah!

P.S. If you could reduce the size of your signature that would help. As its stands its rather distracting and a puzzle for the dumb folks like me! haha
3rd was my favorite too.

The building stands out in the first two because of how well it is lit from across the street by the cop shop.
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Mitch;

What I said was that I would rather see stop action photography (like a lot of people are doing) rather than this. I mentioned the oddness I see with a train going through a frame that also shows the crossing coming down, implying that the two things were happening on the same time. We all know they weren't, but some people might not and since the train is not blurrred, it implies an infraction on the railroad. Again, we know what's going on. I believe the shot *should* get PEQ, but that's just the opinion of one guy here.

In the greater scheme of things, we should all be doing our own thing photography wise and not worrying about what others are doing.
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I mentioned the oddness I see with a train going through a frame that also shows the crossing coming down, implying that the two things were happening on the same time. We all know they weren't, but some people might not and since the train is not blurrred, it implies an infraction on the railroad.
Joe, does this image imply that the train and the vehicle occupied the crossing at the same time, thus creating a collision? We all know they weren't, but some people might not and it implies an accident on the railroad.

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Joe, does this image imply that the train and the vehicle occupied the crossing at the same time, thus creating a collision? We all know they weren't, but some people might not and it implies an accident on the railroad.

I know it's probably splitting hairs and I even touched on that in what I wrote.
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I mentioned the oddness I see with a train going through a frame that also shows the crossing coming down, implying that the two things were happening on the same time. We all know they weren't, but some people might not and since the train is not blurrred, it implies an infraction on the railroad.
Again, splitting hairs, maybe, but when the train is blurred, I think most people get that the shutter was open for a long time. Maybe I'm the only one who sees tis as an issue.
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So people also think that CPL's can show all their indications at once as well?!
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