Old 11-19-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Default 1st Year Anniversary on RP

Tomorrow will mark the anniversary of my first photo on RP.net. Thought I'd never get one on! Fine coaching from this forum gets the lion's share of the credit for helping me over that hump. I started taking rail pictures about the first of November last year, and it took about two weeks to get an acceptable picture for RP.net.

Without a doubt, submitting pictures to RP.net has made me a much better photographer - and photo processor. I'm very grateful for the free education I've received here over the last year. Still got a long way to go' and a lot to learn, but I'm enjoying the ride!

Below is my first RP picture from 11-19-11, and my latest, number 39, accepted to the database just a few minutes ago:

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:51 AM   #2
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All I can say is...congratulations! I have indeed noticed improvement in your photography over the last year. Given the cacophony of voices heard here, it's a thousand wonders you were able to make any sense of it all!

Good work...
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:09 AM   #3
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All I can say is...congratulations! I have indeed noticed improvement in your photography over the last year. Given the cacophony of voices heard here, it's a thousand wonders you were able to make any sense of it all!

Good work...
Weird how RP somehow makes a difference in one's life.

No doubt it is all about the challenge in it all - but I imagine that will subside eventually.

Wait till you reach 100, that is a mile stone, especially when you have been limited to one upload a day.

I have no idea why I still submit photos to this site - although it had been three months since I have done so.

Anyway, congrats!

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
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I've had pictures on this website for a bit more than 9 years now, and if there's one thing I can say from it all, is don't go out there shooting to get that "RP.net accepted shot"
because all your shots will be boring.

RP.net has been the bellwether for railroad photos for a while because of the perceived "exclusivity" of getting a picture on here. There are exceptions, but there are plenty of as good, if not better pictures that have been rejected from here because they didn't fit in that formula that RP.net requires to get a shot in. (Of course, there are many more poor pictures that RP.net does filter out)

So, don't be afraid of taking a picture that might be rejected because you'd rather take a boring one that will be accepted.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:22 AM   #5
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Congrats Mr Pick!

There are lots of things to learn and pick up through RP - both through the screener's and through the audience via the Forums and following of your images.

Once you've gotten a feel for the site - and what the bulk of it's audience likes, it's time to go out and challenge both the screeners and audience alike.

I've gotten a lot from RP - I discovered incredible possibilities in photography from it's patrons - past and present and from the screeners - I can level now to within one pubic monkey hair. I'd even go as far as to say at least 50% of my appealed images are better for the screening. The other 50% being on the non-technical side.

Keep at it - it would appear there's a learning curve on each side.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:30 AM   #6
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........ is don't go out there shooting to get that "RP.net accepted shot" because all your shots will be boring.....
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I was in a bit of a slump, and I wanted to see if I still had "it."

Well, I did for four out of five that day.

They no lika this one.

Out on the Ground at the Ball Park


And of BTW, this one is the ultimate whore shot - it took 45 seconds to compose, capture, and think about it - including stopping the car, parking and focusing.

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Pretty sad, but I could do that for 500 more shots if I wanted to.

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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Pretty sad, but I could do that for 500 more shots if I wanted to.
Just 500? you must not get out much.. lol

I could upload my limit daily for the next several years of mind numbing Wedgies..

They are the meat and potatoes of the railfan world, and since everybody has them, everybody doesn't need to see mine.

Thanks go out to those that practice RP restraint

Back on topic - Mr. Pick.. you have indeed improved during the year. The dirty little truth that haters never want to mumble is that uploading and interacting here with others will improve your photography to the point where you can then shun the place and talk crap about it.


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Old 11-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the comments, guys.

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