Old 12-01-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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You think this was intentional? I guess it must have been. Artistic touch, I suppose.

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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I'm going to assume you're talking about the video camera on the tripod? If that's true, it adds absolutley nothing to an already extremely boring scene. But it fits nearly all the critera (I would have rejected it for foreground clutter) so it gets on.
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I'm going to assume you're talking about the video camera on the tripod? If that's true, it adds absolutley nothing to an already extremely boring scene. But it fits nearly all the critera (I would have rejected it for foreground clutter) so it gets on.
Yes, I was referring to the tripod and camera. Just struck me as odd. Not taking issue with Stephen's shot, just trying to understand a little better the accept/reject process.

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...just trying to understand a little better the accept/reject process.
Don't try too hard or you will get a head ache. Just go with the 'no rhyme or reason' or rather 'just cuz' theory. Did I say that out loud?
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Some train geeks like to make videos of trains. Some train geeks like to take photographs of their video cameras recording a train. There are all types of train geeks in this world.
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I wouldn't call it "artistic" but it's an attempt to give an otherwise boring 3/4 wedge a little something extra. Was it successful? I guess that depends who you ask. I'd rather just have a wedge than part of a tripod but that's just me. having a person standing next to it would be a plus. The telephone pole growing out of the locomotive annoys me more than anything.
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Now all he needs is a video link in the photo remarks and a photo link in the video remarks to complete the scene.

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Don't try too hard or you will get a head ache. Just go with the 'no rhyme or reason' or rather 'just cuz' theory. Did I say that out loud?
It was sharp and had everything right. May not be great photo but meets the rules. One can try to make more out of it but thats why. Some like 3/4 shots! and thats all they shoot.
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Well, it wasn't intentional. Myself and a few others who were down on vacation from Chicago were being interviewed by a lady from the Spring City Chamber of Commerce when we heard this coming through. I didn't have time to move the tripod so I just left it there, and voila. I figured the screeners would have rejected it in a heartbeat for foreground clutter, the pole, but I guess not.

It doesn't add a whole lot, if anything, to the shot, but it is what it is. Thanks for the favorite, Mr. Pick. That's one of my favorites as well.

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Well, it wasn't intentional. Myself and a few others who were down on vacation from Chicago were being interviewed by a lady from the Spring City Chamber of Commerce when we heard this coming through. I didn't have time to move the tripod so I just left it there, and voila. I figured the screeners would have rejected it in a heartbeat for foreground clutter, the pole, but I guess not.

It doesn't add a whole lot, if anything, to the shot, but it is what it is. Thanks for the favorite, Mr. Pick. That's one of my favorites as well.

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Thanks for the story behind the photo Stephen. Figured it must have been something like that. You just never know what will fly and what will die behind the magic RP curtain.

PS. Did you just happen upon 7915 with the blown turbo by chance? That's an amazing shot.
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Thanks for the story behind the photo Stephen. Figured it must have been something like that. You just never know what will fly and what will die behind the magic RP curtain.

PS. Did you just happen upon 7915 with the blown turbo by chance? That's an amazing shot.
Yep, we were out waiting for some Indiana Railroad SD9043MACs to come by that were being used on the CP for power hours, and it came around the bend unleashing all that smoky awesomeness.
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Yes, I was referring to the tripod and camera. Just struck me as odd. Not taking issue with Stephen's shot, just trying to understand a little better the accept/reject process.

Here's one by Stephen that I have favorited:

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That right there is proof that Stephen can do much better than the boring 3/4 wedgie in the first post.
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I like to think I can do better, haha. But with the circumstances the way they were for this situation, it's the best shot I could get off.

Everyone's comments are much appreciated!
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:03 AM   #14
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I like to think I can do better, haha. But with the circumstances the way they were for this situation, it's the best shot I could get off.

Everyone's comments are much appreciated!
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I was so irritated when I saw this...it's like five minutes from my house and I've never seen anything nearly this interesting.
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Lightbulb Tripods in Pictures.

I was fascinated by how many people thought the tripod in the shot was by accident, and that I was just too lazy, or lame to move it.

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There was even a big discussion on ObsCar about it.

I suppose that is because most people were too busy to actually read the caption, where theoretically, you would understand the idea behind the shot.

Then there were those who read the caption, and thought we ought to be doing other things on that day besides enjoying one of the freedoms that we as Americans hold dear.

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Old 12-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #17
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Meh, you shouldn't HAVE to read the captions. The fence and tripod just look completely out of place to me and add nothing to the image. Why in the heck weren't you standing next to the tripod?

Then again pictures of horse crap get approved so whatevs. To each his own.

It's not my site so I can't female dog about it too much.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:50 PM   #18
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The way the depot was constructed, the door was all the way on the other end of the depot from the tripod, and I didn't have the time to run over, get in everyone's shots, and then get back to shoot it. It wouldn't have been possible. I'm sorry you don't like the composition of the shot, but there's not much I can do about it.

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Most of us get all the criticism we need from the screeners. Stephen did not ask for a photo critique.
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It's just the inconsistency of things that bugs me. Nothing against Stephen at all. He obviously can shoot great stuff.
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Foreground clutter means the train or locomotive (subject) is obstructed by clutter. It is not the case here.

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....Holloran Grade the tripod in yours is even worse in my mind. Ruins a really good composition....
Ah, but that is because "you" see what "you" want to see, not what "I" want to show you.

And that is ok.

But had the shot not been on 9/11, not been at Norwalk Station and not been shot at a facility that supposedly requires only ticketed passengers to be present on the platform, then it would just be another Amtrak wedgie.

While I agree that you shouldn't have to read the caption to "get" what is in the picture, more often than not, you will find that I shoot images that are more complex, or have more than one meaning - ergo, reading the caption adds to the fun and satisfaction.
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Caption use is just another subjective dimension. Just think of it as a form of multi-media. Some people like to do still photography, some like stills and words, some like stills and music, some like video, some like video and music, some like video and words ...
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........... some like stills and music, some like video, some like video and music, some like video and words ...
Some like music and videos, some like music and videos of girls, some like beer, loud music and girls and some like loud music, alcohol, girls and a few choice words.

And then you end up with a lap dance.

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I edited my post almost immediately after I put any reference to you. My post was at 4:38, my edit was at 4:42. Your post quoting what I said before 4:42 was at 7:22.

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