Old 10-31-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I found a really cool photo angle in Ancona, Illinois, featuring some nice silos.

I sent in my photo and it was rejected for bad cropping. I appealed, but it was rejected. I'm going to let this one slide, in hopes that I can photograph this location again with better power.

For next time, I was thinking about taking the photo when the train was closer to the biggest silo.

Any suggestions or opinions for future photos would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Nick

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Old 10-31-2006, 08:20 PM   #2
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Nick, you are correct in thinking that the train would look better next to the big silo, but two things;

1/ Step to the left or right if possible to get rid of that milepost (is it a milepost?) it is distracting stuck right in the middle.

2/ If shooting the train further round the bend, be aware that the taller items on the other silos might appear to be growing out of the top of the train.

Good luck on your next attempt.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:31 PM   #3
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I'd take maybe 10-15 steps back and 5-7 to the right, depending on the terrain and your lenses. The milepost would work in the shot, if it were not so dominating. Otherwise, I'd likely try to frame the shot without it. Try taking the approach of making the silos themselves the shot, with the train and the milepost framing them.

As a viewer, I'd like to see that shot, possibly a little later in the day. Nice spot!
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Hi Janet and Matt,

Thanks a lot for your advice! I really appreciate it. I may be heading back to this location over the weekend. Thanks again.

Nick

P.S. You are correct about the milepost sign, Janet. I also wish that it wasn't there, but I will try to avoid it on my next attempt.
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I've done that shot before myself. (Some clouds ruined it so its not on rp.) It works if you do what has previously been suggested, but your best bet might be to keep the shot in mind for a summer evening. That way, the lighting conditions would be right to shoot from the inside of the curve on the other side of the tracks.
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Thanks, Matt.

I just noticed that I took a photo about fifteen feet to the left and the milepost sign was off to the right of the photo. I'm going to give that a try.
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Hi Nick,

I would try and step back and to the right for this shot. For tight curves like this, I still like to see the back of the train in the photo if possible. Like this:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=163343

Keep up the good work!

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Hi Tom,

Thanks a lot for your compliment and advice! Nice SOO photo! It's always nice to see the SOO. The weekend's weather is looking really nice. It's supposed to be sunny and cool. I hope that it holds to be true.

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Old 11-01-2006, 01:05 PM   #9
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I found a really cool photo angle in Ancona, Illinois, featuring some nice silos.
Nick, you definitely have a good idea shooting there. In 1995, Pentrex used that location to film a train in Across the Heartland during the final days of the ATSF. In fact, I'm glad to see your image posted here, as I own the video, and it looks like things have changed quite a bit since then. Some of the older buildings (that they state may have once been railroad affiliated) appear to be gone.

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I would try and step back and to the right for this shot. For tight curves like this, I still like to see the back of the train in the photo if possible. Like this:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=163343
I don't have much experience with curve shots, but I definately agree with you. I like the back of the train to be visible (or at least some of the train trailing away).

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