Old 03-03-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Mitch's Portfolio in Railroads Illustrated

Clearly I'm biased toward print media vs. the virtual stuff on line. I'd much rather curl up with a book or magazine than an I-something or other or a lap top. A couple of days ago, the new issue of Railroads Illustrated came in the mail, but I didn't open it immediately (I get quite a few magazines, so I read 'em when I get the chance). This morning, I did.

In this issue is a Portfolio of photography by our own beloved Mitch Goldman. Now, I throw a lot of tongue in cheek humor around, and Mitch and I give each other good-natured grief occasionally (we've never met in person, however). But---this is, by a long shot, the best Portfolio in RI in many years! Mitch is an extraordinarily talented photographer, and his supportive prose is first-rate as well. I've been known to try a pan shot every now then over the years, but as Mitch and other practitioners will tell you, it's difficult to pull off. He offers the perfect explanation of how it's done, too. I smiled when I read about the "follow through." Yep, Mitch...you know how it's done!

So, kudos to Mitch for a great feature. I know everyone who lurks around the RP.Forum isn't inclined to read print media, but there's a ton of well-written, well-photographed material there that's probably more entertaining that all this drivel on the internet. I recommend you pick up a copy of this issue.

Oh...best of all, Mitch's well-known shot of the dog he photographed in France several years ago is there. That's why I love print media: no PEQ shots...
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:13 PM   #2
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The thought of you curling up with anything scares me .

Thanks for the suggestion, Ron. I'll have to stop by one of the local hobby shops this week.
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Any canine sightings?
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:56 PM   #4
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Any canine sightings?
Yes sir....one of Mitch's dog shots made the cut.
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The thought of you curling up with anything scares me .
Without chemically-induced enhancement, I'm harmless...
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:13 AM   #6
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I will have to purchase. I have been blown away by Mitch's photography talent for some time and I can't wait to see what the RI looks like.
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Hum, you would think that Mitch would "comp" some copies for his friends.

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I know you're kidding, HG - but I had to respond anyway for others who may not realize. One thing I learned the hard way is that when you publish friends expect free copies. Now, you should always be fair and exchange free copies with friends who send you something free, but what others don't realize is that most folks get only one or two comped copies of something when they are published (even a book by a publisher). Thus, everything else you have to buy (at a small discount). With magazines you don't even get the discount. With books, you pay about 90% of the retail cost. Next time a friend publishes something, don't ask them for a free copy. They may feel obligated to give you one even though they are essentially just buying it for you.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:08 AM   #9
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Wow... Ron, I'm humbled. That by far is the best "comment" I've ever gotten on this site by far. If I ever come up with enough text and photos for more then a feature in a magazine, I'll have you write the foreword to my book!

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PS - "Dog on a Train" will now be officially known as "Published Dog on a Train".
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I haven't received my copy yet, but I'm sure it's worth the wait. Although I'm pretty sure Mitch is tired of waiting.

Unless somethings changed recently RRI, is not one of the magazines that provides comp copies to the contributor. I've bought more than a couple extra issues for friends who've been published and couldn't find a place to buy a copy.
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Congratulations!
I am glad to see it finally out. B&N has RRI usually. I stop by to get a copy.
Again good work!
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You can purchase a copy of the March issue direct by following this link:
https://www.whiteriverproductions.co...exd.asp?id=238

March's issue features the photography of Jonathan Wright (cover story), Craig Walker, myself, George Pitarys, and Steve Faulkner among others!
And, y'know... "Dog on a Train"! I mean, if not for that alone, right?

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Features:

Moving a Big Boy is a Big Job • by Craig Walker — When UP moved Big Boy 4014 out of Pomona, California, it had to do so via the busiest line on Metrolink.

Requiem of the Blue and Orange: Maryland Midland • by Jonathan Wright — MMID's signature paint scheme will soon give way to Genesee & Wyoming's orange, black and yellow colors.

Portfolio — The photography of Mitch Goldman.

Old Friends • by George Pitarys — No matter how a unit may change through wear and tear or changing railroad ownership, sometimes you can always recognize a familiar "face."

Will a Hybrid Locomotive Charge Your Batteries • by Steve Faulkner — Following in the footsteps of the Toyota Prius, GE is developing energy efficient locomotive technology.

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Mitch and Ron are probably tied for the position of my favorite photog on here. And all I've seen is your train pics. Who knows what kind of great scenery shots y'all have. But they're probably my favorites because they make me feel the worst about my crappy shots. I am not worthy!
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Mitch and Ron are probably tied for the position of my favorite photog on here. And all I've seen is your train pics. Who knows what kind of great scenery shots y'all have. But they're probably my favorites because they make me feel the worst about my crappy shots. I am not worthy!
Thanks Derek!

Not sure what directions Ron's photography drifts off RP but I finally took everyone's advice and, while I do not yet have my own site, I do now have pictures on FLICKR:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87195227@N05/

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I know you're kidding, HG - but I had to respond anyway for others who may not realize. One thing I learned the hard way is that when you publish friends expect free copies. Now, you should always be fair and exchange free copies with friends who send you something free, but what others don't realize is that most folks get only one or two comped copies of something when they are published (even a book by a publisher). Thus, everything else you have to buy (at a small discount). With magazines you don't even get the discount. With books, you pay about 90% of the retail cost. Next time a friend publishes something, don't ask them for a free copy. They may feel obligated to give you one even though they are essentially just buying it for you.
That's true, Charles. Actually I can get a few more copies gratis if I ask, but not too many (five to ten, depending on the publisher). Those all go to non-railfan folks (usually, actual railroaders). I have an L&N feature coming in the next issue of R&R--an "oldie" from 1969. There are dozens of names of now-deceased railroaders in the story (and many of them are pictured in my shots). I often take some of my compensation in extra copies for this reason. I can think of about ten folks---whose fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc.---are in this article. I'll send them all a copy, along with a personal note. Without their kin folks, I wouldn't have had trains to photograph back then!

You never know who you touch with this stuff. I had a call last evening from an 88-year old woman who now lives in a retirement community in Waynesboro, VA--in the Shenandoah Valley. Someone had given her a copy of the last issue of Classic Trains, which included an article of mine on the steam-powered East, Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR in the early '60s. Turns out her father was vice president of the ET&WNC then. She just gushed with happiness about me taking her back to a time when she was in her 40s and living in Johnson City, TN. I wondered how she found me, and she said she had a long time friend who lived in Big Stone Gap. BSG is about 4,000 population, so her friend knew me and gave her my contact information.

At any rate...that's the pay off for me: if your work brings happiness to someone else, you've succeeded. Everything else is gravy.
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Mitch and Ron are probably tied for the position of my favorite photog on here. And all I've seen is your train pics. Who knows what kind of great scenery shots y'all have. But they're probably my favorites because they make me feel the worst about my crappy shots. I am not worthy!
Thanks...but I would never make you or anyone else feel badly about "crappy shots." I don't like to take deep digs at someone else's creative efforts. It's just not cricket, in my mind.

Again---I'm flattered to be in Mitch's company!
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.........Without their kin folks, I wouldn't have had trains to photograph back then!
I love it when Ron's "hillness" leaks out.

Usually, he reads like a city boy, but once in a while - Such as when he makes metaphorical references involving marsupials.




Now seriously, about the "comping" of published materials - yes, I threw that out there knowing the published people would have an opinion about it.

I actually dislike how acquaintances (my true friends would pay) ask for comped copies.

It is like them asking for a free lunch after you spent all the time growing the fruit and raising the cow.

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I love it when Ron's "hillness" leaks out.

Usually, he reads like a city boy, but once in a while - Such as when he makes metaphorical references involving marsupials.




Now seriously, about the "comping" of published materials - yes, I threw that out there knowing the published people would have an opinion about it.

I actually dislike how acquaintances (my true friends would pay) ask for comped copies.

It is like them asking for a free lunch after you spent all the time growing the fruit and raising the cow.
...I really haven't had too many problems with my friends asking for a free copy of anything I've done. Of course, that probably means they don't give a rat's ass!

...Yes, I'm really an urbanite trapped in the back woods of Appalachia--where the hoot owls frequently engage in frenzied coitus with the chickens.
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Thanks...but I would never make you or anyone else feel badly about "crappy shots." I don't like to take deep digs at someone else's creative efforts. It's just not cricket, in my mind.
Derek - I hear where you are coming from, lol. Ron - Derek wasn't talking about any deep digs, but rather where he sometimes feels the bar gets set and I can concur with that notion. There have been many great photographers, both here and off site, that have made me question whether or not I should consider another hobby. I won't limit myself to a list, but as a random example, in relation to the type of images captured, both Eric Williams and Michael Allen are among a long list of photographers that had made me feel similar to Derek in that regard!

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Derek - I hear where you are coming from, lol. Ron - Derek wasn't talking about any deep digs, but rather where he sometimes feels the bar gets set and I can concur with that notion. There have been many great photographers, both here and off site, that have made me question whether or not I should consider another hobby. I won't limit myself to a list, but as a random example, in relation to the type of images captured, both Eric Williams and Michael Allen are among a long list of photographers that had made me feel similar to Derek in that regard!

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This is what I meant to say. Lol.
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You have to enjoy what you do and accept it. When I first joined the site and saw some of the amazing work on it (including Mitch and Ron) I thought I couldn't ever do that, I might as well give up. I since have accepted I am who I am and I just want to have fun. That can include pushing myself. That can include some pastiche work honoring those I admire. It is what it is. I will just keep doing it while I enjoy it.
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Honestly, I have a pretty good knowledge of the camera and I know I can take better pictures but I don't get out enough to practice and most of the time that's my fault. When you get one day off at a time, you really don't want to get out. So, with a little more self discipline, I could do better.
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Congrats Mitch. I'll try and find a copy. One year subscription is $50? How many issues is that?
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