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« Reply #20 on: Oct 28th, 2006, 11:16am »
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Another angle. I think the caboose adds to the shot also.  
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 8th, 2008, 9:23pm »
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I had a chance to try a shot of Flagg Coal #75 while it was at the South Carolina Railroad Museum. Turned out so so.
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 9th, 2008, 8:35am »
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Here's three from me.
 

 

 


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« Reply #23 on: Jan 16th, 2008, 10:07pm »
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Back in September 07 I bought eight SB-25 flash units, six Elinchrom Skyport radio triggers, and a pile of Nikon's fast glass.  I've been out practicing a couple of times a week.  Here's one example.
 
I used x5 flash, Nikon 20mm f2.8, Nikon D80.  ISO 800, f2.8, 1/200 sec.
 
 
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 16th, 2008, 10:39pm »
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Night photos aren't especially difficult, but you do need to have a firm understanding of light.  I have a big pile of Nikon SB-25 flash units with radio triggers on them.  These are fast to put out and pick back up again.  Night shots do get expensive.  Each flash with batteries, trigger, and cord costs ~$200.  I have eight of these.  I also have some seriously fast glass:  Nikons 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, Sigma 28mm f1.8.  All of this adds up fast!  I'm starting to nail a few here and there.
 
Below photo, Florence MN.  Nikon D80, 20mm f2.8, x5 flash.  ISO 800, f4, 1/200.
 
 
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 16th, 2008, 11:29pm »
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Kent,
     I love the first photo!  Anytime I've tried to shoot locomotives at night, I always get the reflective saftey tape jumping out of the finished product.  I haven't been out with my Sony Alpha yet after dark.  I should lug out the Crown Graphic  I have a pile of press 40 flash bulbs that I'm itching to use up.  However, I have heard those things can light up an area pretty good and don't want to start any riots


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« Reply #26 on: Jan 16th, 2008, 11:46pm »
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The secret is to use the flash units off camera.  The angle you point them is very important.  I generally point the flash at an angle away from the direction of travel by the train.  The flash bulbs aren't made any more.  You might get enough money from selling them to buy some lights and triggers.   No way I could afford bulbs to do the shots I do. The Elinchrom Skyports are universal  and will work on any hotshoe.  The trigger is $100 and each receiver is $100.  Range is 400 ft.
 
Below is a shot I took in Missouri in November.  I used x6 lights.  Everything you see lit was lit by me.  Train was rolling at 60 mph on the Sedalia Sub.
 
Nikon D80, Sigma 28mm f1.8.
 
 
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« Reply #27 on: Jan 17th, 2008, 6:45am »
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Nice shots Kent. I have several Vivitar 3700s along with some smaller flashes and also use them off the camera. Have not moved up to radio control yet. Will have to try working on my angles. I have not tried to shoot anything that has the 3M tape on it.
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All of the engines I've photo'd so far have the reflective tape.  It's not a problem if you point the flash opposite the direction of travel of the train.
 
Below shot used x6 lights, mostly set to 1/4 power because of the ice fog.
 
 
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 17th, 2008, 9:35am »
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Those are really great photos. I need to really start saving my money for railroading photography instead of model trains .
 
I have a few photos that I took last night.


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« Reply #30 on: Jan 17th, 2008, 9:39am »
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This is NS 3364, an SD40-2, heading up to Harrington, DE.

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« Reply #31 on: Jan 17th, 2008, 9:42am »
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Last one.  
 I kind of posted out of order.
This was supossed to be the first photo. But oh well.
 
3364 is running light into the Delmar, MD, yard.


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Existing light shot of Reading Blue Mountain & Northern's "Reading Turn" power getting prepped in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 2008. Port Clinton, PA
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 20th, 2008, 9:25pm »
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Nice picture, Mike. I was just about to post this picture. Fresh taken 15 minutes ago.

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on Jan 17th, 2008, 9:07am, Two23 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
All of the engines I've photo'd so far have the reflective tape.  It's not a problem if you point the flash opposite the direction of travel of the train.
 
Below shot used x6 lights, mostly set to 1/4 power because of the ice fog.
 
 
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Took this one at North Bessemer Yard on the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad under a full moon in June of last summer.


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Here is one at the Tennesee Valley RR I took Awhile back


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on May 4th, 2008, 5:13pm, Crescentlimited wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is one at the Tennesee Valley RR I took Awhile back

Nice, but I like the steamer better than the '68 Imperial.
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« Reply #38 on: May 4th, 2008, 8:01pm »
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Wow. Both are very nice pictures. The steamer is cool.

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« Reply #39 on: May 4th, 2008, 9:06pm »
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Night Photography is difficult unless there's proper light.  
But somehow, at 3:00 in the morning on a cool June day, this managed to work at C&TS
 

 
C&TS Night Shots
 
I aught to try it again someday...


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