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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-13-2017, 01:45 AM
Replies: 299
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Posted By Noct Foamer
It's a pretty easy fix. Curious why he went to...

It's a pretty easy fix. Curious why he went to all the trouble to get the shot but didn't clone out the green ghosting.
I'll add that I think I would have shot this as a vertical.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-08-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've been thinking that if I buy a Nikon 70-300mm...

I've been thinking that if I buy a Nikon 70-300mm AFP VR to use as light & compact lens for hiking, that means I don't really have to keep the 80-400mm AFS. I mostly was using it because it's...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Noct Foamer
For Nikon shooters wanting a long lens at...

For Nikon shooters wanting a long lens at moderate price, the Nikon 200-500mm VR is close to being a no-brainer. It's bigger than what I want though. Tamron is coming out with a new 100-400mm f6.3,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Noct Foamer
The Nikon 300mm PF is a different sort of lens. ...

The Nikon 300mm PF is a different sort of lens. Instead of standard glass elements, it has one Fresnel element.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresnel_lens

This makes the lens very (!) light...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 12:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 937
Posted By Noct Foamer
You really don't necessarily need a zoom. Any...

You really don't necessarily need a zoom. Any lens that's 300mm or 400mm can get you far enough back that train crews won't be annoyed. That said, something like a 300mm, 400mm, 500mm is an...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By Noct Foamer
Not Sure About This Lens :(

I've been using a Nikon 80-400mm AFS as my long lens for the past several years. It's sharp enough--no complaints, and almost always long enough. I use it as a "general purpose" lens and that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-29-2017, 05:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By Noct Foamer
You were standing in the wrong place to take this...

You were standing in the wrong place to take this shot, basically. You will learn to anticipate this in advance. When selecting where to take a shot from, the first question you always must ask is,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-27-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've been doing those kinds of shots for the past...

I've been doing those kinds of shots for the past 11 years, and have done some in maybe a dozen states now. My thinking is more likely the guy was playing with you.:-) Unless you're using high...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,311
Posted By Noct Foamer
I generally use aperture priority and that works...

I generally use aperture priority and that works quite well for daytime shots. In this case, set to A-priority, dial the aperture to f11, and up ISO until you hit shutter speed at least 1/500s. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 03:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,311
Posted By Noct Foamer
There are several basic obstacles to get over to...

There are several basic obstacles to get over to make a successful shot like this. First, you need a lot of DoF (depth of field,) to get everything reasonably in focus. To do that you need to stop...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 03:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 928
Posted By Noct Foamer
There's an old saying: "If your photo lacks...

There's an old saying: "If your photo lacks impact, move in closer."


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-24-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,303
Posted By Noct Foamer
The use of Light was exquisite, and that conveys...

The use of Light was exquisite, and that conveys a very strong mood, I think.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-19-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,303
Posted By Noct Foamer
Same here. I doubt I post even 10%. I've...

Same here. I doubt I post even 10%. I've always had the philosophy that if I only show my very best stuff, people will think I'm a better photographer than I really am.:grin:


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-16-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By Noct Foamer
The light was coming from the wrong direction for...

The light was coming from the wrong direction for this shot. Once you learn to recognize that, you will adjust where you shoot from almost automatically. This would make a nice night shot--you...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-14-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,303
Posted By Noct Foamer
That used to be my priority--stock photography in...

That used to be my priority--stock photography in the 90s, family & senior portraits in early 2000s, recent years wedding photography. However, when you do something fun for pay, it just becomes...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-14-2017, 02:24 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,303
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've never really understood the need to have a...

I've never really understood the need to have a lot of views. About ten years ago there was a guy on a nature photo forum that told me he was a much better photographer than I was, and the proof was...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-13-2017, 12:38 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,303
Posted By Noct Foamer
It's harder to shoot on summer nights. There...

It's harder to shoot on summer nights. There are a lot more bugs flying in the air for one thing. When the flash hits them they make big white spots all over the place. Many of those bugs are...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-10-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 958
Posted By Noct Foamer
Well, if they left the engine door unlocked it...

Well, if they left the engine door unlocked it might be easier to just slip inside and flip them on. Just be sure to turn them back off when you leave.:wink:


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-09-2017, 03:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Noct Foamer
Absolutely agree. Don't get so focused on only...

Absolutely agree. Don't get so focused on only seeing an engine that you don't see other interesting things nearby. Is that a call box by the tracks? If so, cool! I might have made it the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-09-2017, 02:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 958
Posted By Noct Foamer
The engine was parked, so you had a lot of time. ...

The engine was parked, so you had a lot of time. I often stomp down any weeds like that, or cut them with either my Swiss Army knife or a folding saw. The other problem was the direction of the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-30-2017, 01:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,261
Posted By Noct Foamer
The ancient Greek philosopher (c.500 BC)...

The ancient Greek philosopher (c.500 BC) Heraclitus of Ephesus is famous for saying, No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-29-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,261
Posted By Noct Foamer
I don't really have a preference, I guess. If I...

I don't really have a preference, I guess. If I see a photo and what lens was used I can always backward engineer the shot if wanted. What I don't like are people who just say, "Near Bumfukville," ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-29-2017, 03:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By Noct Foamer
Unless you are planning on buying an FX camera in...

Unless you are planning on buying an FX camera in the coming year, I would buy the $200 version. It's an excellent lens and one I've thought about buying myself for use on my D5300. (I use that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-28-2017, 01:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By Noct Foamer
I like it a lot, but then again I shoot a lot of...

I like it a lot, but then again I shoot a lot of b&w, and use ancient cameras. for me, a great photo is more about mood than hardware (engines.)

Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-26-2017, 03:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By Noct Foamer
Another review by the long time Nikon pundit Thom...

Another review by the long time Nikon pundit Thom Hogan:

http://www.dslrbodies.com/lenses/nikon-lens-reviews/nikkor-zoom-lens-reviews/nikon-70-300mm-f45-56-af-p.html

And also from Thom Hogan:
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