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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-12-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 282
Posted By KevinM
Remember, the PoTW is subjective and it's...

Remember, the PoTW is subjective and it's basically a call made by just one of the Admins. As I understand it, it is not a committee effort. Clearly, Admin liked it, and I think he makes an honest...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By KevinM
I prefer the image that shows the trailing train...

I prefer the image that shows the trailing train better than the one that has just the nose. I also think you could loosen it up even more. My big fear here is that even if the composition issue...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By KevinM
I saw Bob's deleted post.....I hope I didn't say...

I saw Bob's deleted post.....I hope I didn't say anything that offended in my last. I guess my point was that just about any camera these days can utilize higher ISOs without super-heavy use of...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2022, 03:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By KevinM
The Nikon Z-cameras (Z6, Z9) are really good at...

The Nikon Z-cameras (Z6, Z9) are really good at 3200 ISO. When I show up at one of Pete Lerro's night shoots now, I leave the tripod in the car and shoot hand-held at 3200 or whatever it takes. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2022, 02:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By KevinM
You're not wrong about where the "3rds" point is...

You're not wrong about where the "3rds" point is and you have indeed positioned the subject there. I think that in the case of both of these images, the Screener is thinking that the right side is...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-10-2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By KevinM
Decent shot. I also think that the subject...

Decent shot. I also think that the subject lighting and the edit look appropriate for the time of day. I do indeed think that the vignette may have sunk it.

Here's my take on vignettes.... ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-10-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By KevinM
Ordinarily, when I click on a rejection thread, I...

Ordinarily, when I click on a rejection thread, I sort of don't expect to like the photo I'm about to see. When I saw this one, my first thought was, gee, this isn't bad. I'm thinking that the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-05-2022, 05:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 243
Posted By KevinM
Wow, the light really went to hell between the...

Wow, the light really went to hell between the time you shot this and the switching image you posted previously. BTW, I didn't mean to imply that the original shot should have been a caboose shot,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-04-2022, 03:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 243
Posted By KevinM
I think the lighting in this one didn't help the...

I think the lighting in this one didn't help the cause. The primary subject is at the back of the scene and just doesn't pop. The degree to which you had to cut off the equipment in order to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-04-2022, 03:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,598
Posted By KevinM
Just like photos taken the old-fashioned way,...

Just like photos taken the old-fashioned way, there is a long parade of really blah drone stuff, punctuated with a few winners here and there. In the beginning, I think even blah drone shots got...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-04-2022, 02:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By KevinM
I shoot a lot of common angles myself. We all...

I shoot a lot of common angles myself. We all do. I think the key to getting noticed is to find a way to separate yourself from the daily wedge parade. Find great scenery, find great light.....or...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By KevinM
Right.... I was definitely not implying any...

Right.... I was definitely not implying any concerns about your flights, but rather, making clear to folks who might read this thread that there are issues they need to be concerned with if they fly...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By KevinM
A couple of key things for viewers of this thread...

A couple of key things for viewers of this thread to note:

In order to fly a drone at night, the air vehicle must carry anti-collision lights, which are visible for 3 miles. The small LEDs on...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2022, 01:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,598
Posted By KevinM
The idea of panning, with current drone...

The idea of panning, with current drone technology, seems like a total crap-shoot. Typically, a panning shot is done perpendicular to the movement of the subject, so this is not a good angle from...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-29-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By KevinM
I'll play..... I'm pretty much a steam guy,...

I'll play.....

I'm pretty much a steam guy, so I tend to pick those shots out of the daily pile. This one showed up a few weeks ago and I was frankly amazed that it didn't grab an SC:

...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-28-2022, 09:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,598
Posted By KevinM
I have to agree that a lot of sunrise/sunset...

I have to agree that a lot of sunrise/sunset shots posted here don't look real. To be fair, such photos are difficult to shoot and difficult to edit....and get them looking completely real. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-25-2022, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,598
Posted By KevinM
Honestly, I think there are a couple of reasons...

Honestly, I think there are a couple of reasons why vintage/legacy film shots rarely get the SC. It's just so rare to find one that really wows. Yes, there are interesting photos and photos that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-02-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,887
Posted By KevinM
Apologies if anything in this sounds harsh, but...

Apologies if anything in this sounds harsh, but when I clicked on the link, I instantly thought: "ugh".

I agree with Loyd's comments on the editing. The photo has a washed-out look to it. It...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-17-2022, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,285
Posted By KevinM
I agree. Even the lowest-end DSLR or mirrorless...

I agree. Even the lowest-end DSLR or mirrorless camera being sold these days should produce excellent results. Typically, a PIQ results from something we do to it during post-production. Often,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-30-2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By KevinM
If you had an older version of Lightroom, it is...

If you had an older version of Lightroom, it is possible that the raw converter was created before your camera was released......in other words, the old version of Lightroom did not have raw support...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-09-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 8,084
Posted By KevinM
I concur that the 3:5 crop would work much...

I concur that the 3:5 crop would work much better. I think the foreground is more excessive than the sky in this case. I would start cropping that away first.
Forum: U.S. Regional and Short Line Railroad Discussion 01-10-2022, 11:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,770
Posted By KevinM
The railroad's Facebook page indicates that the...

The railroad's Facebook page indicates that the "Frostburg Flyer" will be powered by the 1309 beginning on May 6th. The website doesn't have the schedule announced yet. It appears that all of the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-12-2021, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 33,307
Posted By KevinM
I concur on both. Trim the right, maybe add a...

I concur on both. Trim the right, maybe add a bit left, and definitely level the train. :wink:
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-11-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 27,071
Posted By KevinM
Same Location: [photoid=779851] My shot...

Same Location:

[photoid=779851]

My shot was taken in 2009, so it is more of a "THEN" image, rather than a "NOW", although I have been there as recently as a couple of months ago. Whitehead...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-03-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 33,401
Posted By KevinM
Photos in the queue do have an ID....it's just a...

Photos in the queue do have an ID....it's just a different sequence than the photos that are actually in the data base. You should be able to edit a queued photo. I know I have done that within...
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