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Re: O.Winston Link: Legend - By CHESSIEMIKE on 01/16/16 at 20:44:02 - 'CP_453_small.jpg' 130 KB
Thought I would provide an update on the fate of Link's steamer. CP #453, while currently apart with major parts in several different areas, looks to be in good hands. The current owner seems to be in a position to at least get the locomotive back together and possibly put on display at an appropriate venue. I was able to at least see the major parts on 8/13/15.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Don't Forget the Clock......... - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/31/15 at 22:42:41 - 'Dillon_SC_Clock.jpg' 85 KB
....... CAMERA clock that is! Time to fall back.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Night Photos - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/17/15 at 21:09:17 - 'M-K_Co_3_at_the_Bunkhouse_small.jpg' 91 KB
Too many years since this thread had an update!
Moore, Keppel & Co., Inc. No. 3 (Climax, 1910) simmers outside the Bunkhouse for the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Durbin, WV. 10/3/15 at 2115Hrs.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90_KB3PQD on 08/31/07 at 13:10:41 - '100_0488_747x579-2.jpg' 67 KB
I croped the light pole shadow out. Now what do you think?
KB3PQD signing out

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90_KB3PQD on 08/31/07 at 12:16:20 - '100_0488_747x579.jpg' 48 KB
Hello. Anyone here? If so how's about this one?
KB3PQD signing out

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Re: Smoke 'em! - By 765 fan on 08/30/07 at 16:35:03 - 'P1010083.jpg' 76 KB
Smokin' in Chi-town!

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90 on 08/29/07 at 08:49:22 - '100_0662_569x428.jpg' 53 KB
on Aug 28th, 2007, 11:38pm, VaPennsyFan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How about this one?
 
Jon

 
I can't find anything wrong with that picture.
Now what about this picture? It's a little crooked and I'm thinking of taking some of that building out of the picture. What do you guys think?

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By VaPennsyFan on 08/28/07 at 23:38:55 - 'set-out.jpg' 226 KB
How about this one?
 
Jon

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90 on 08/28/07 at 17:09:23 - '100_0656_569x428.jpg' 49 KB
OK, my turn again . Thomas. It's a little crooked

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90 on 08/27/07 at 19:23:38 - 'P1010003-2.jpg' 72 KB
Bring it up some to the bottom of the mile marker. And move it to the right from the right side of the signal bridge.
 Like this

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90 on 08/27/07 at 14:26:02 - '100_0376_652x518.jpg' 36 KB
How about this? I croped it and made into sepia.

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRC#90 on 08/27/07 at 14:08:02 - '100_0695_618x643.jpg' 37 KB
Hmmm.... . It didn't look to tall to me. But what do I know. I'm just a kid .
 
 Ok this one?

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/27/07 at 10:59:15 - '100_0340_618x535.jpg' 56 KB
Thanks...Now what about this one?
RP .net rejected it for poor quality and bad croping

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By CHESSIEMIKE on 08/24/07 at 00:28:40 - '100_0778_569x428_Rotated.jpg' 60 KB
on Aug 23rd, 2007, 7:17pm, SRR#90 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How's about this one? I couldn't get upright though . You may have to twist your head a little
Hurts my neck.
It would be better if the shadow was not on the front. I think you did ok on the cropping.
CHESSIEMIKE


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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 19:17:22 - '100_0778_569x428.jpg' 31 KB
How's about this one? I couldn't get upright though . You may have to twist your head a little

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 19:13:27 - '100_0699_678x584.jpg' 48 KB
on Aug 23rd, 2007, 5:52pm, EMTRailfan wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Lighting good.  Front shot better, although almost too head on.  I see your are on another train on the siding so not much choice, but either direct head on(of a stopped loco of coarse) or more of a wedge to get more of the side in the shot too.  Fuzzy bad, but now you have had some suggestions to fix that.  I'd suggest a re-shoot, only stand it up and get more of the smoke, maybe just catching the ?signal? on the left side.  As Pennsy said, keep clicking and learning.  That's how I have learned the little that I have.  I also have a lot more to learn with you.  I think I'm getting the technique down better, but I have trouble with the terms and technical jargon and settings as Rob and Pennsy pointed out.

 
It's still fuzzy but it's better then it was before.

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Re: RailPictures.net - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 15:50:22 - '100_0424_895x944.jpg' 40 KB
Last one

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Re: RailPictures.net - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 15:49:09 - '100_0804_904x858.jpg' 80 KB
Amtrak

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Re: RailPictures.net - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 15:48:08 - '100_0472_987x857.jpg' 52 KB
Here's some pictures that I sent in ane they rejected

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 15:27:34 - '100_0699_640x482.jpg' 59 KB
on Aug 23rd, 2007, 2:41pm, EMTRailfan wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
You can in my Easyshare C533.  Go into your menu and select ISO.  100 (1/100th second) is slower, and 400 (1/400) is faster.  I just wish the Easyshare didn't go back to the default settings every time you turn it off and back on.
 
What model of Easyshare are you using?

 
Thanks....I'm useing a C653. Man if I would've known that I proboly could've taken better pictures. Once again, thanks.
 
OK what about this photo?

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/23/07 at 09:30:57 - '100_0666_615x495.jpg' 36 KB
How is it now?

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By VaPennsyFan on 08/22/07 at 22:39:08 - '488.jpg' 131 KB
How about this one?
 
Jon

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By CHESSIEMIKE on 08/22/07 at 20:54:12 - 'Strasburg_Tower_adjusted..jpg' 48 KB
on Aug 22nd, 2007, 2:19pm, SRR#90 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Now can I post some pictures that people can comment on this topic? If so what about this one?
Not a strong photo. Hard to tell what the main focus is. Is it the tower or the locomotive running around the train. Too much dead space on the right side of the photo. Does the tower lean like that in real life? Here is a quick recrop. If any one minds me messing with their photos please say so, I don't want to offend & I know my opinion is not always the best.
CHESSIEMIKE


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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By SRR#90 on 08/22/07 at 14:19:30 - '100_0666_569x428.jpg' 53 KB
Squeeze it in a little like, make the top of it just a little closer to the smoke. And make the bottom to just touch the bottom wood part of the bridge.
 
Now can I post some pictures that people can comment on this topic? If so what about this one?

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By VaPennsyFan on 08/22/07 at 14:06:47 - '124_2477_copy.jpg' 206 KB
How about this pic?
 
Jon

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Re: Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By CHESSIEMIKE on 08/21/07 at 22:22:43 - 'Touch_up_Antonito_water_tank.jpg' 105 KB
I took the liberty of touching up your photo to give you an idea of what I was talking about. If you don't want that I can delete this post. Someone real good could cut out the middle.
CHESSIEMIKE


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Constructive commments would be appreciated! - By VaPennsyFan on 08/21/07 at 21:34:38 - 'Antonito_water_tank.jpg' 192 KB
I've been trying to get a little bit more serious about my photography, so if folks don't mind, I'd like to post some railroad pics here periodically for some constructive feedback - what's good, what's bad, what could be improved, etc.  Thanks for your comments!
 
I'll start with this one . . .
Jon

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Re: Digital SLR Recommendations - By VaPennsyFan on 07/17/07 at 23:35:04 - 'Small_CT.jpg' 52 KB
I know I'm coming along late with the recommendations here, but I wanted to add my two cents worth anyway.  I went digital a little over two years ago with the Canon Digital Rebel XT and have absolutely loved it.  I use the 18-55 EF-S lens that came with the camera, and a 75-300 EF USM lens (about $200), and for most of what I shoot, the pics are fine.  Someday I'd like to get more into selling pics, and I realize I'll need some better lenses . . .  
As to the discussion about aperture, if you leave out for a moment the issues of cost and lens quality, the major advantage of lenses that offer a wider aperture is the greater flexibility they offer in low light conditions.  I can't tell you how many times I've cursed the fact that both of mine are F/4-5.6 zooms.  Of course, the advantage of the digital camera is you can alter the ISO to compensate, but you get some of the same graininess you get with faster films too . . .
One other note, regarding the washed out sky - buy a circular polarizer!  A polarizing filter is just as helpful for creating blue skies with a DSLR as it is with a film camera.
 
Jon


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Re: Your favorite photograph? - By Anthony_SRR on 07/17/07 at 10:23:23 - 'SRR101.jpg' 86 KB
and of 475

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Re: Your favorite photograph? - By Anthony_SRR on 07/17/07 at 10:19:14 - 'SRR083.jpg' 87 KB
I have 2 favorites, one of SRR 90 I took on Saturday

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trouble with resizing - By Reading_T-1_#2124 on 07/16/07 at 21:41:26 - 'NS_altoona_July7th_07_116.jpg' 329 KB
Hi all, i seem to be having trouble when i resize my photos with my canon S3. they get all bright and scrunched together when i resize them to my desired size...can anyone help ?   for instance here is a photo...I use IR fanview to resize...

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Re: Digital SLRs - By VaPennsyFan on 07/12/07 at 23:00:29 - 'small1293.jpg' 293 KB
I've got a Digital RebelXT and absolutely love it! I've blown up a couple of photos to 12x16 and they're crystal clear.  Used it last year at the NRHS convention . . .

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 07/02/07 at 06:57:34 - 'DSC00074.jpg' 276 KB
This is an edited version the first shot I ever posted.

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Re: RailPictures.net - By bully4tr on 07/01/07 at 19:42:00 - 'Las_Vegas_004_1288x960-2_772x576.jpg' 78 KB
Here is a photo of the Grand Canyon Railways 2-8-0 I photographed in Williams Arizona and I tried to put it onto the RailPictures website and was not able to do so. If someone can help me I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks,
Geoff
 
on May 27th, 2005, 12:22pm, RobR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
The acceptance of photographs on RailPictures.net has become a mark of status in the world of railroad photography.  The downside of that, though, is that photographers naturally become angry when their submissions are rejected by RP.net.  Many photographs posted here have been rejected by RP.net, along with comments expressing the photographers' surprise and anger at the rejections.  I hope the following comments about RP.Net may help.
 
The goal of RP.Net is to accumulate a collection of railroad photographs that would be suitable for inclusion as illustrations in high-quality books and magazines.  This means that RP.Net isn't just looking for photographs of good trains, it is looking for good photographs that feature trains.  To be accepted into RP.Net, your photograph must be composed well, it must be well lit, and it must be sharp.  In addition, you need to take as much care with your photograph after you click the shutter as you did before you clicked it.  Use PhotoShop or something similar to make sure that your picture is sharp (but not too sharp; oversharpening is ugly), that the colors are pleasing, that brightness and contrast are appropriate, and so on.  
 
If RP.Net rejects your picture, think about the reason they gave.  Much of the time, when I look at an RP.Net reject and the reason, I agree with the rejection.  I know rejection hurts.  It hurts me when I get a shot rejected from RP.Net (and I haven't yet got one accepted!).  If they say cropping is bad, think about how you might change it.  Play with it.  If they say lighting is bad, try changing brightness or contrast, or play with the Curves feature of your image editing program, and see if you like the result better.  
 
Keep in mind that RP.Net gets hundreds of submissions.  The selectors do an admirable job of keeping up with the flood, but they're only going to have a couple of seconds to decide on your picture.  If it's not going to make an immediate impact, it's not going to get accepted.  Sometimes the selectors may not have a good idea of exactly why they don't like a shot, so they might choose a reason that doesn't really fit.  Or maybe they're just moving too fast and hit the wrong button.
 
Perhaps the selectors have a disproportionate number of their own pictures on RP.net.  There may be a couple of reasons for this.  First, they're all good railroad photographers.  Their shots may generally deserve to be there.  Second, maybe they do let some bad shots of their own through.  Why worry?  The bottom line is that it is their site.  Just do your best, learn as much as you can from RP.net and its selectors, and keep trying!
 
RobR
Moderator
 



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Re: Grand Canyon Railway - By bully4tr on 06/30/07 at 20:10:07 - 'Las_Vegas_255_576x773.jpg' 78 KB
Here are the diesels at the Grand Canyon depot.
Geoff
 
on Jun 30th, 2007, 8:05pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This pic depicts my sons and I on the SF caboose at the Williams terminal.
Geoff
 



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Re: Grand Canyon Railway - By bully4tr on 06/30/07 at 20:05:01 - 'Las_Vegas_018_576x773.jpg' 89 KB
This pic depicts my sons and I on the SF caboose at the Williams terminal.
Geoff
 
on Jun 30th, 2007, 8:00pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Check this out, looks like someone is telling off the engineer on GCR'S diesel loco.
Geoff
 



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Re: Grand Canyon Railway - By bully4tr on 06/30/07 at 20:00:48 - 'Las_Vegas_317_672x902.jpg' 88 KB
Check this out, looks like someone is telling off the engineer on GCR'S diesel loco.
Geoff
 
on Jun 30th, 2007, 7:51pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is an artsy shot.
Geoff  
 



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Re: Grand Canyon Railway - By bully4tr on 06/30/07 at 19:51:34 - 'Las_Vegas_021_543x728.jpg' 47 KB
Here is an artsy shot.
Geoff  
 
on Jun 30th, 2007, 7:46pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
GCR'S Steamer #29 on June 24th 2007.
Geoff



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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 06/18/07 at 13:14:00 - 'DSC00612_745x511.jpg' 89 KB
June 17, 2007 Minnesota Commercial 1983 at Midway Yard in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I made this shot without seeing the MOW equipment in the background.  I tried editing it out, but it did not work & caused me to mess up the symmetry.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 06/13/07 at 11:38:15 - 'DSC00606_743x518.jpg' 52 KB
Soo 4510, notice the faded Milwaukee Road color scheme, in St. Paul, MN on June 12, 2007.  In the last three pictures, you may have noticed I am trying to be choosier about the background of my shots.  If I can, I am trying to photograph trains in scenic or interesting situations.

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Re: RailPictures.net - By Ashley_John on 06/08/07 at 21:45:46 - 'CNJ3683pburg_jpg_40416fix1.jpg' 157 KB
on Aug 5th, 2005, 4:45pm, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
And my favorite...
Taken with  a Kodak Brownie when I was 15 years old
 
-Charlie
 
PS - None of these images were heavily Photoshopped...only resized, given a slight increase in contrast, and sharpened.

 
And here it is with a little color correction.


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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 06/08/07 at 19:30:15 - 'DSC00584_735x567-1.jpg' 68 KB
GP 60 at the BNSF Northtown Diesel Facility in Mineapolis on June 8, 2007

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 06/08/07 at 19:26:31 - 'DSC00565_757x944.jpg' 130 KB
The H BRCNTW at CP 3236 on the BNSF St. Croix Sub. on June 7, 2007.  This spot is about 24 miles North of La Crosse, WI.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 06/07/07 at 08:22:37 - 'DSC00563_844x471.jpg' 66 KB
Around 8:30 pm on June 6, 2007 at the BNSF Northtown Yard's Diesel Storage Tracks in Minneapolis, MN

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Geese - By Hawko on 06/04/07 at 06:58:18 - 'DSC00558_791x634.jpg' 106 KB
There is a lot of wild life activity at a rail yard.  Grain from leaking covered hopper cars is a major attraction for these animals.  The BNSF Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, MN is home to many types of birds, especially pigeons, sparrows & Canada Geese.  Several pairs of geese raise their goslings right in the yard  Here is a picture  I took on June 3, 2007.
 
I got too close to this family.  The parents started hissing.  I am lucky they didn't go after me.

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Pentax K100 - By Madisoncorps on 05/25/07 at 15:16:08 - 'IMGP0695_818x544.jpg' 134 KB
In this shot I feel like the engines are exposed properly but the sky is bleached out.  Maybe i was one step to high on my aperature?  I dunno.  what do you guys think?
 


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Pentax K100 - By Madisoncorps on 05/25/07 at 15:05:01 - 'IMGP0702_827x550.jpg' 134 KB
Since we have another rookie on here learning beginner photographic skills I thought I would have bring back this thread and maybe have some intermideate to advanced lessons.  
 
With nicer weather I have been taking my lunch break at a park next to NS's Harrisburg line and I usually catch one train in the half hour so I have the opportunity to work with my Pentax K100's settings.  I have been working in the manual modes between aperature and shutter priority and full manual.  What I am looking for is a balance with a properly exposed loco without bleaching out the sky.  Something I find a little hard for me with NS's black engines.  I'll post some examples...
 
First is one that I got right.  This was taken with a used 100-300mm Pentax zoom I got off of Ebay.  Paid about $75...you get what you pay for.  Its not the best...the coating on the lense is coming off but it produces clear shots still and the AF is fine.  I'll have to get a more expensive lense later.  ANyway...I don't remember the settings for this so I guess it does me no good but this is the type of shot I am striving to get (lighting & exposure wise) on a consistent basis

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/24/07 at 10:03:31 - 'DSC00523_684x444.jpg' 37 KB
What hours should photographers avoid taking photos during the Summer.  I am starting to encounter the effects of harsh sun light in my afternoon pictures. Even on a cloudy day it has an effect, as evidenced by this shot.  I am looking for a filter for my P&S Sony Cybershot

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/18/07 at 13:09:23 - 'DSC00500_844x633.jpg' 63 KB
BNSF business car " William B. Strong" at the BNSF Northtown facility on May 17, 2007.  This stretch of track is right behind the hump tower.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/18/07 at 12:41:20 - 'DSC00499_886x665.jpg' 69 KB
Business cars at the BNSF Northtown (Minneapolis, MN) facility on May 18, 2007.    This  picture & the one below it are not good shot shots.  I just wanted to share photos of some rare pieces of equipment.  Speaking of rare equipment, I just caught a glimpse of the private car "Scottish Thistle" behind the EB "Empire Builder" up in Minneapolis on May 18th.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/16/07 at 15:04:15 - 'DSC00489_881x688.jpg' 128 KB
La Crosse, WI Amtrak Depot on May 16, 2007.  Amtrak #8, "The Empire Builder"  & a Canadian Pacific light power consist.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/16/07 at 14:56:20 - 'DSC00486_838x469.jpg' 64 KB
La Crosse, WI Amtrak Depot May 16, 2007.  Notice the side of  CP 4602, possible fire damage.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/15/07 at 21:09:10 - 'DSC00483_442x341.jpg' 28 KB
BNSF Mainline at Northtown (Minneapolis) on May 15, 2007.   Night photography is something I want to learn.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/15/07 at 21:04:38 - 'DSC00474_387x258.jpg' 22 KB
EB train on CP's Tomah Sub. at West Salem, WI on May 14, 2007

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Chinese railway passenger locomotive is one of the main forc - By chineserailfan on 05/12/07 at 23:21:44 - 'P1370518.jpg' 135 KB
SS8 electric locomotive is AC Thyristor Controlled electric locomotive, as a self-BO-BO 4-car locomotive weighing 88t, 22t axle load. 3600KW locomotive sustained power, the maximum speed locomotive 170Km/h, testing speed of 240Km/h. Machine owners ranging from circuit to IPP-control bridge rectifier circuits, motor bogies parallel independent power supply, Traction motor-weakened magnetic field, which include constant power of the entire variable speed characteristics. Locomotive braking force-fed to increase resistance braking, brake power 2700KW. Microcomputer control system, control functions are : characteristics of control, idling (taxiway) protection control, monitor display. Locomotive train with electricity transformer windings, to provide passenger train air-conditioning, heating, boliers, lighting and other power, train car without electricity link, passenger trains can be an effective operation.

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Re: China's longest electric locomotive - By chineserailfan on 05/12/07 at 23:12:01 - 'P1370552.jpg' 137 KB
SS3B (Shaoshan 3B) fixed reconnection electric locomotive SS3BElectric locomotive from two identical six-axis Locomotive through mechanical, electrical and air brake pipe fixed reconnection, form a complete 12 heavy freight locomotive axle, can be arbitrary in which a locomotive driver of the entire vehicle indoor unified control. Two separate locomotive can, as a six-axle locomotive independent application. Each locomotive is in SS3 locomotive based on the abolition of a cab. Increase the locomotive of the train control network (TCN) systems, will reduce a lot of hard-line, Locomotive and the main parts of the state and fault information can be found in color LCD display, it improve the locomotive's advanced nature, reliability and the use and maintenance convenience. Locomotive equipment layout and ventilation systems in a single-car section of the unit. Each section is divided into the following car seven regions that cab, on the 1st rooms, on the 1st of high pressure room, transformer room on the 2nd high voltage room, Auxiliary Room on the 2nd and the 3rd rooms, the rooftop equipment and truck equipment. In the cab of the locomotive at both ends of each, not reconnection-based cab. Cab drivers and the main structure of the indoor equipment layout and SS4 reform locomotive cab basic norms like. Forefront of a control board layout, manipulation of the platform with master controller, brake, various instruments, Switches and light and color LCD screen. Control board layout of a drawer right reconnection controller. Driver's cab is equipped with air-conditioning unit. SS3B locomotive circuit SS3 locomotive compared with an increase of hypertension connectors, high voltage isolation switches, network pressure table, Antihypertensive transformers, high voltage transformers, high voltage transformer with automatic switching. The electric arch, VCB will use imported products. Auxiliary circuit will each locomotive compressor using a screw compressor. Used three poles instead of automatic switching devices Fu Bao, auxiliary overcurrent protection. Locomotive control circuit and SS3 locomotive, the locomotive used to control the LCU, micro-Cabinet and network control technology. Locomotive main characteristics of a performance, locomotive traction and start strong because of locomotive power, the weight is greater adhesion, so Starting and locomotive traction capability. ‰ locomotive in four straight ramp slope can be stopped freight train start 10000t, It can also speed of 54km/h balanced operation. 6 ‰ locomotive in the straight ramp slope can be stopped freight train start 6000t, It can also speed of 64km/h balanced operation. 2, the locomotive technologically advanced control system locomotive of the train communication network of advanced technology, It would central control unit (CCU), micro-Cabinet (TPW), Color Display (DISP) Locomotive integrated monitoring devices (TAX2), logic control unit (LCU) Brake logic control device (DKL) to pass the vehicle to contact the MVB bus into the communication network and through train bus to two cars and information through communication networks linking them together. 3, the locomotive high reliability, interchangeability strong, use and convenient maintenance and repair locomotives used as a logic control unit (LCU) control, abolition of the SS3 locomotive in the middle Relay and Relay time, thereby reducing the large number of electrical contacts. improve the electrical system reliability; As the network control technology use multi-car lot reconnection hard line can be abolished, and by bus to various forms of communication transmission of information and instructions. Cabling is convenient, but also to improve the reliability. To ensure system reliability, emergency braking, door interlock, reconnection phones and electronic counter weight control signal used in conjunction hardware connectivity; Cab based color LCD screen Locomotive major equipment working conditions, fault information can be displayed on the screen. and can be used with portable data acquisition through LUC acquisition related data, therefore, and the use of locomotive repair and maintenance convenience; motorcycle accessories main transformer, hewing cameras, Ping-Reactor, Fan, traction motors, etc. and SS3 locomotive, have a good general interchangeability. Rated Power : 2 × 4800kW (-hour) sustained traction : 2 × 317.8kN activated traction : 2 × 470.9kN sustained speed : a maximum speed of 48km/h : automobile surge ways : Thyristor IPP ranging from semi-controlled rectifier bridge surge smooth manner : IPP ranging from single-phase full-wave bridge rectifier -- braking power : 2 × 4000kW locomotive weight : 2 × 138t axle load : 23t brake : Fed increases resistance braking control : constant-velocity self-control : 2 (fluxtionality) net voltage : 25kV. 50Hz drive mode : AC-DC transmission

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China's longest electric locomotive - By chineserailfan on 05/12/07 at 23:05:17 - 'P1390401.jpg' 98 KB


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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/07/07 at 13:21:58 - 'DSC00413_563x422.jpg' 27 KB
Private car "Caritas on the end of Amtrak's EB "Empire Builder" at west Salem, WI. on May 7, 2007.  Although I am not happy with this picture,  I am pleased that the shot is not too blurry.  

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Re: Advice Needed - By Two23 on 05/06/07 at 01:13:53 - 'MRgc11.jpg' 161 KB
on May 6th, 2007, 12:10am, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The other idea I had was to simply get a piece of plywood and in large easy to read letters, make a sign stating "Flash Photography, 1-mile" or something like that for the crews to read.

 
 
I thought of the sign.  It would be easy, and there's a big long grade they go up before getting to the trestle meaning they'd have time to read the sign.  I do something similar with the D&I RR on their tracks way back in the woods.  I hang a blue flag off a tree limb when I'm down in there.  That way they know it's me and not a regular goofball down in there.  I sometimes stand right next to the track as they are coming through the S curves, but ALWAYS am out of the way before the engine ever gets within 30 yards of me.  They only go 5 mph in the curves.  
 
I have thought of a sign, or even standing 10 miles down the track and taking a flash photo with the flash mounted on my camera.  That way they see me and the flash together, so it wouldn't be such a shock 10 miles later.  Trains runs no faster than 45 mph on that line, and often slower on the grades, so it's easy for me to get ahead and get into place.  
 
I have taken a few flash shots closer to my home, but these have all been of local crews that knew in advance I'd be there.  No problems at all.  Willmar is about an hour and a half north of there by highway, and Sioux Falls is about the same.  About 90% of the traffic will be Sioux City -->Willmar.  I'll figure something out.  I might have to wait until fall since it is staying light outside longer and longer.  In June, it doesn't get dark until about 10 PM here.  It's an hour and a half drive back to my house.  I do know the Roadmaster out of Sioux City, and the Trainmaster out of Sioux Falls and have done a few projects with them in the past.  I also know several of the rail inspectors fairly well.  In the winter, more than half my photos are taken at night since it gets dark before 5 PM.  It's more difficult to take night photos in summer because dark comes so late, LOL!
 
Hawko--
 
I get up on that old MILW line that goes through Craven SD about once every three months.  It gets interesting about Mobridge and then on west.  I keep trying to catch an east bound at sunset on the bridge there, but traffic is sporadic and I haven't done it yet.  I have talked with the Trainmaster in Aberdeen several times--nice guy.  He always helps me out.  There's another old line that goes from Watertown SD east that is really cool.  I think it too is an old MILW branch.  Lots of little towns and glacial morraines through there.  Another very interesting line around there is the Twin Cities & Western.  It crosses the BNSF Marshall Sub at Granite Falls, MN with a cool diamond.  In fact, here's a photo of it I took a couple of days ago.
 
 
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Re: Advice Needed - By Two23 on 05/05/07 at 17:45:46 - 'BNSFtrest2.jpg' 81 KB
I have always found a way to avoid irritating train crews, and no doubt this is one reason I get generally good cooperation.  There are two things I could do.  One is to have one of the local crews call me when they know they are making a night run, and set it up then.  The second would be to simply wait at the siding about 6 miles south and hope a train  pulls into it, and catch the crew.  There's also a chance I could have one of the BNSF employees I know to go with me and use his radio, but considering it's getting late into the evening and this is out in the middle of nowhere, I don't think I'd have much luck with that, LOL!
 
Here's a shot of the trestle, along with my proposed flash placement.  The train would be further back than what this photo shows, but you get the idea.  This can all be done with the flash units I have, plus buying a radio slave to fire the flash.
 
 
Kent in SD

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/04/07 at 04:19:52 - 'DSC00298_652x489.jpg' 48 KB
Thanks for all of the helpful tips on how to capture subjects moving at higher rates of speed.  
Now for the next question.  How do you prevent headlight/ ditchlight glare?  In the vehicle train picture above, there is no problem.  In this shot of a taconite train at Savanna, IL on Friday April 13, 2007 there is a lot of glare.  Thanks.
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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/03/07 at 15:02:36 - 'DSC00383_496x442.jpg' 51 KB
BNSF 5042 on the V PTL BLU at about MP 290 on the BNSF Aurora Sub. on April 28, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Charlie_O on 05/03/07 at 08:52:49 - 'CSX_618_pan-3.jpg' 146 KB
on May 3rd, 2007, 7:42am, Hawko wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How do you prevent blurriness on a P&S digital camera when taking pictures of trains moving at speeds of 60 mph+ ?  Head on shots are not too bad, but  pictures with any sort of side angle are a problem.
 
Thanks.    - Tom Hawko

 
 
If I'm shooting a fast freight, I usually set the manual shutter speed to at least 1/500 or 1/750.  For Amtrak electrics on the Northeast Corridor, I use 1/1000.  With that setting, the aperture compensates for the fast shutter automatically.  There's some sacrifice in depth of field, but 1/1000 is fast enough to freeze even an Acela in its tracks.  
 
Now if you don't have any manual shutter settings, I'd suggest cutting down the angle, as you mentioned.  On side shots you can try using the blur to your advantage with a pan shot.  Try panning with the train as you click the shutter.  Ideally, the train stays sharp, while the background blurs. A nice way to show motion.  May take some practice to get this to turn out the way you want.  
 
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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 05/01/07 at 22:05:15 - 'DSC00361_331x266.jpg' 22 KB
Here is a picure of Amtrak #8 at MP 276 CP Tomah Sub. on April 23, 2007

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Charlie_O on 05/01/07 at 09:17:51 - 'SOO_6001.jpg' 84 KB
on Apr 29th, 2007, 10:48am, Hawko wrote:       (Click here for original message)
CEFX 6001 at approx. MP 290 of BNSF's Aurora Sub. (La Crosse County, WI) on April 28, 2007.  This former Soo Line SD 60 was part of the engine consist for the the H NSINTW

 
 
Nice catch!  I saw this unit a few years ago, in Philly.  Sad to see it's become a rent-a-wreck.  
Sorry about the image quality on my shot. I was using a Canon Elph back then, and was shooting from my car. Very rare to see SOO units down my way, so wanted to get the quick grab.
-Charlie

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/29/07 at 10:48:02 - 'DSC00385_652x489.jpg' 94 KB
CEFX 6001 at approx. MP 290 of BNSF's Aurora Sub. (La Crosse County, WI) on April 28, 2007.  This former Soo Line SD 60 was part of the engine consist for the the H NSINTW

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/26/07 at 07:57:28 - 'DSC00364_652x489.jpg' 45 KB
Bay window caboose at the BNSF North La Crosse, WI Yard on April 24, 2007.  Kasgro uses this unit as an escort car for high/wide loads.  This is not a good picture, but I still wanted to post it, since way cars are no longer a common sight on railroads.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/25/07 at 22:13:08 - 'DSC00368_652x489.jpg' 70 KB
BN 1517 is part of the engine consist for a BNSF local at Prairie Du Chien, WI on April 24, 2007.  This GP 28 is rare because it still has a Burlington Northern designation.  The leader is BNSF 3126 East, a GP 25.

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Re: Train in the Snow - By Two23 on 04/24/07 at 21:37:30 - 'BNSFman_900x542.jpg' 122 KB
I sort of "specialize" in winter shots.  Might as well--it lasts ~6 months here.  One of the problems are the temperatures it can get here.  It easily hits 20 below most winters, and I've been out taking train photos in temps as cold as 42 below.  The coldest I was ever out in was right at 50 below zero, up around Grand Forks ND.  I'm not talking wimpy windchills here either.  The problems are many, such as very short battery life.  I have ways to deal with that, and also have clothing for the low temps too.   When it's 30 below and the wind starts hitting 30 miles per hour, that's when it gets very, very miserable.  I can only stand that for about half an hour no matter what clothes I have on.   The snow here is different than what you typically get down south in places like Pennsylvania.  Here, the snow is very dry and fine.  It squeaks under your boots when you walk on it.  It's almost like sugar, and can pack very tightly.  The snow drifts over the fences and the cattle simply walk out of the pastures on the solid snow.
 
Here'a another shot I took last month when things were warming up.  It was about 10 above, which explains why the snowflakes were so large.  The wind was fairly gentle which allowed the snow to simply float softly.  I caught a BNSF coal train in the siding while an empty grain train rushed by on the branchline, in Minnesota.  The conductor got the job of throwing the switch.  The problem with snow like this is even though the trains only go 45 mph on this line, the roads are so poor I can't keep up.    Nikon D80, Nikon 85mm f1.8.
 
 
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Re: Train in the Snow - By Two23 on 04/24/07 at 21:31:35 - 'BNSFman-2.jpg' 245 KB
I sort of "specialize" in winter shots.  Might as well--it lasts ~6 months here.  One of the problems are the temperatures it can get here.  It easily hits 20 below most winters, and I've been out taking train photos in temps as cold as 42 below.  The coldest I was ever out in was right at 50 below zero, up around Grand Forks ND.  I'm not talking wimpy windchills here either.  The problems are many, such as very short battery life.  I have ways to deal with that, and also have clothing for the low temps too.   When it's 30 below and the wind starts hitting 30 miles per hour, that's when it gets very, very miserable.  I can only stand that for about half an hour no matter what clothes I have on.   The snow here is different than what you typically get down south in places like Pennsylvania.  Here, the snow is very dry and fine.  It squeaks under your boots when you walk on it.  It's almost like sugar, and can pack very tightly.  The snow drifts over the fences and the cattle simply walk out of the pastures on the solid snow.
 
Here'a another shot I took last month when things were warming up.  It was about 10 above, which explains why the snowflakes were so large.  The wind was fairly gentle which allowed the snow to simply float softly.  I caught a BNSF coal train in the siding while an empty grain train rushed by on the branchline, in Minnesota.  The conductor got the job of throwing the switch.  The problem with snow like this is even though the trains only go 45 mph on this line, the roads are so poor I can't keep up.    Nikon D80, Nikon 85mm f1.8.
 
 
Kent in SD

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Re: Train in the Snow - By CHESSIEMIKE on 04/23/07 at 22:05:34 - 'CSX_1137_Snow_S.jpg' 67 KB
I seem to recall a nip in the air this day.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Old Locomotives Never Die - By PRR6743 on 04/23/07 at 10:38:46 - 'Trains_019.jpg' 40 KB
visited this old girl Saturday


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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/21/07 at 22:32:27 - 'DSC00342_427x474.jpg' 64 KB
Amtrak # 8  Eastbound "Empire Builder" going under the HWY 16 Bridge at Medary, WI  (Canadian Pacific Tomah Sub.) on April 21, 2007.  Now that the weather is nice here in Wisconsin, I have been riding the bike trail near my home.  This trail was the former CNW line, which ran from Chicago to the Twin Cities.  In the La Crosse area, it ran next to the Milwaukee Road trackage (which is now owned by the CP) for long stretches.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/20/07 at 17:31:17 - 'DSC00333_652x489.jpg' 69 KB
H LAUGAL1 16A with lead locomotive BNSF 744 East at Alma, WI on April 20, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/20/07 at 17:27:18 - 'DSC00323_594x440.jpg' 52 KB
BNSF 4108 East changing crews at the BNSF North La Crosse Yard on April 19, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/20/07 at 17:23:12 - 'DSC00322_380x440.jpg' 38 KB
Amtrak #8 at West Salem, WI (CP Tomah Sub) on April 19, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/18/07 at 20:38:46 - 'DSC00315.jpg' 294 KB
I really had to scramble to get a shot of this open-ended observation car on the end of Amtrak's E.B. Empire Builder on April 18,2007 at West Salem, WI.  Wish I knew about the antique varnish ahead of time.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/18/07 at 19:41:57 - 'DSC00313A_467x355.jpg' 36 KB
Amtrak #8, The Eastbound "Empire Builder on the Canadian Pacific's Tomah Sub going through West Salem, WI (approx. MP 271) on April 18, 2007.  This is a 79 MPH piece of track.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/14/07 at 10:56:11 - 'DSC00308_652x489.jpg' 44 KB
BNSF 539 at North La Crosse Yard on April 14, 2007.  I have taken pictures of this engine before.  Please compare the the 2 shots.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/14/07 at 10:44:56 - 'DSC00304_586x440.jpg' 61 KB
BNSF 4107 is the DP end of an Eastbound taconite train on the BNSF Aurora Sub. at Savanna, IL on April 13, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/14/07 at 10:39:38 - 'DSC00297_652x489.jpg' 57 KB
ICE 6431heading West out of Savanna, IL on April 13, 2007.  This is one of my  first attempts at shooting from a bridge.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/14/07 at 10:33:32 - 'DSC00296_586x440.jpg' 33 KB
BNSF 5386 West at Savanna, IL on BNSF Aurora Sub on April 13, 2007.  

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/11/07 at 12:37:03 - 'DSC00289_430x497.jpg' 27 KB
This is an enhanced version of BNSF 7891 East on April 11, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/11/07 at 12:34:13 - 'DSC00288_489x652.jpg' 38 KB
BNSF 7891 East heading up a grain train waiting for the lineup at the BNSF North La Crosse Yard on April 11, 2007.  This is an unenhanced photograph.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/11/07 at 12:28:48 - 'DSC00284_599x337.jpg' 27 KB
S LPCSEA109E with FURX 7238 West as the leader at about MP 291 (La Crosse County, WI) waiting for Eastbound traffic on April  11, 2007.  I think I over did the color boost with the iPhoto on this picture.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/11/07 at 12:21:41 - 'DSC00278_466x361.jpg' 36 KB
ICE 6449 "The City of Marquette"  heading West at Savanna, IL on April 10, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/11/07 at 12:17:38 - 'DSC00276_562x425.jpg' 37 KB
BNSF 4538 East at the ICE interlocking in Savanna, IL on April 10, 2007

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Re: Your WORST railfan photo session!! - By railfan1979 on 04/10/07 at 02:16:17 - '2007_0401_008.jpg' 130 KB
I would have to say bad lighting is the biggest issue for me, because it makes for poor quality digital pics like this one. But if i was using film, i imagine it would look a little better.

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Re: SP&S Locomotive - By dogman_dan on 04/09/07 at 13:47:38 - 'DSCF0038.jpg' 82 KB
another...

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/09/07 at 05:33:41 - 'DSC00273_489x652.jpg' 96 KB
Along the Mississippi River near Savanna, IL.  Sorry I did not get the MP.  Deadheading home on the Z CHCSSE on April 8, 2007.

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/09/07 at 05:05:42 - 'DSC00269_652x489.jpg' 54 KB
Here is a picture of CSXT 5462 West on the BNSF Aurora Sub MT1 passing through CP 1462 near Savanna, IL on April 8, 2007.  I goofed up by having the flash on.  The light would have been better on the other side.  

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/09/07 at 04:41:47 - 'DSC00267_652x489-2.jpg' 94 KB
Kent,  Thanks for the tips.   I see that using iPhoto (Apple's version of photoshop) really makes a difference.  Compare this color enhanced  picture to my last post of the same subject.  I don't think I can get a polarized filter for my current camera, but I will check it out.  I will keep working on the light and the composition.  Would using a light meter help?  If so any advice on light meters & their use would be appreciated - Tom.

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Re: Train in the Snow - By TAB on 04/08/07 at 20:52:30 - 'alco_7.jpg' 31 KB
Second...

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Train in the Snow - By Two23 on 04/08/07 at 12:57:09 - 'BNSFsnow.jpg' 83 KB
For quite awhile now, I've come to prefer taking photos in winter than any other time of year.  I like the soft light.  I especially like to take shots, or at least try to, in the most extreme winter weather South Dakota and Minnesota can muster.  Here's a shot I took last week during a local blizzard.  Now "blizzard" doesn't just mean a heavy snow storm.  It refers to visibility as much as anything.  The biggest component to a real blizzard isn't so much the snow as the wind.  What I was after was a shot that showed a train coming out of the gray wall of the blizzard, the very edge of visibility.  I was going for the "suggestion" of a train rather than a really sharp photo.  Nothing is sharp in a blizzard, it's like heavy fog.  
 
Shot is of a BNSF manifest train coming down the Marshal Sub in western MN about 4:30 PM.  I was right at the edge of twilight and light level was low.  The wind was howling at  a steady 40 mph, gusting higher.  I took the shot from a very exposed (to wind/snow) overpass at the ADM corn syrup plant.   I used my D80 and Nikon 80-400mm VR lens.  I tried to set up a tripod, but the wind just swatted it around.  So, I put my camera on a sandbag that was on a 2 ft. concrete lip on the edge of the overpass, and hunkered down in the 18 degree temp.  Train had slow orders due to the poor visibility and waiting for it was agony in my light clothing!  I was kneeling on the bridge to reduce the wind's impact on me in an attempt to steady the camera.  Because of the low light and swiriling snow, the autofocus was useless.  I prefocussed on the tracks just ahead of the line of visibility.  Behind that "line" you couldn't see anything.  I shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 800, lens racked out to 400mm.  The VR (Nikon's IS) made the shot possible, but just barely.
 
The train came, and I got it as it emerged from the swirling snow.  I actually got what I was after--the FEEL of a blizzard.  Nothing in this photos is really sharp.  It's just not possible to take a sharp photo in a blizzard, and I shot it this way on purpose to better show how nasty the conditions were.  So, what do you think?  Does this photo work?
 
I am not the first to make a deliberately fuzzy train image.  In 1870, the famous Impressionist painter Monet made one too.  He called his, "Train in the Snow."    This is what I was after, only even more extreme:
 LINK URL
 
 
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Re: Photos of Railroads and People - By Two23 on 04/08/07 at 11:50:03 - 'BNSFman.jpg' 243 KB
I don't have very many worked up, but here's one I took last week during the April blizzard.  Nikon D80, Nikon 85mm f1.8.
 
 
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Re: Your favorite photograph? - By streamline_j3 on 04/08/07 at 10:10:12 - 'nyc-m497run1.jpg' 86 KB
I have at least three railroad pictures I liked but one is in the railroad meusium in Machester Shortsville, NY, one I need a scanner to put on here, and another that I can.
  The one in the Meusium in Shortsville NY is the Steamtown  
Big- Boy  going over the Route 21 Overpass on it's way to the original site of the Steamtown meusium,  The other  photo I like that needs a scanner to put on here is from Steamtown in Scrannton PA.  
It shows a 0-4-0 tank next two the Big-Boy and it looks like a tonka toy.
   The last one is the NYCRR budd-car with a jet engine on it being tested in Ohio.

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Re: Your favorite photograph? - By silver_champion on 04/08/07 at 07:54:16 - '59_1088x816-1-.jpg' 152 KB
An Amtrak train going under the 4th St. bridge at the Darby Station

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Re: Rookie photographer needs help - By Hawko on 04/07/07 at 11:27:17 - 'DSC00267_652x489.jpg' 52 KB
CN 5337 (GF 300) at the BNSF North La  Crosse, WI Yard on April 7, 2007


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