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Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 06-07-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,941
Posted By KevinM
I'm thinking the image is too blue. As I noted...

I'm thinking the image is too blue. As I noted in my original e-mail a couple of years back, I caution against using those "Auto" function in PS or PSE. Sometimes, they work well, but often, they...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-04-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By KevinM
As has been noted, flash durations are a lot...

As has been noted, flash durations are a lot shorter than flash sych speeds. The biggest issue I see with taking a photo like the one Lloyd posted is headlights. The flash will definitely freeze...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-03-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 728
Posted By KevinM
Generally speaking, I agree. I know some very...

Generally speaking, I agree. I know some very good photographers who habitually end up with leaning verticals at the edges. Unless they happen to LIKE that, I agree that they should take take the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-02-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 728
Posted By KevinM
Then a click or two on the Vertical Perspective...

Then a click or two on the Vertical Perspective slider takes care of even that. :-)
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-28-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Posted By KevinM
I have to believe that the comment was intended...

I have to believe that the comment was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. :lol:
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-25-2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By KevinM
I process raw files about as aggressively as...

I process raw files about as aggressively as anyone on RP, and I've had a few edits go off the rails myself. Images like this one typically result from one of two situations. Either the scene...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-04-2019, 03:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By KevinM
Yep, that's the dude....and I agree. That sunset...

Yep, that's the dude....and I agree. That sunset shot is a keeper. I am hoping to come up with at least one nicely lit shot of this locomotive. I have no idea what to expect out there. On the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-04-2019, 02:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By KevinM
There will be a brief pause in RP activity.....

....while every rail photographer in the world (as well as foamers with cameras) heads for Wyoming to take Big Boy photos. When they get back, RP activity will suddenly surge....with Big Boy photos....
Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 05-02-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By KevinM
Which is why I bought the last version of...

Which is why I bought the last version of Lightroom that was standalone.......

Never trust anyone who expects you to pay for a subscription for life. They set the hook with what seems to be a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-05-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By KevinM
Jim, I think he's using a P&S camera, which...

Jim,

I think he's using a P&S camera, which should not prevent him from controlling the settings.....but I really don't think he's learned how to do that.

He really needs a DSLR. Even a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-29-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By KevinM
Yeah, the headlight halos are pretty obnoxious. ...

Yeah, the headlight halos are pretty obnoxious. I wonder, were you using any filters? Pulling those off definitely helps in this kind of shot. What did you shoot it with?

Anytime you have...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-25-2019, 12:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By KevinM
I concur with Mitch. In a shot like this, go...

I concur with Mitch. In a shot like this, go all black unless you can (and want to) show some foreground detail. As-is, the foreground looks more wicked underexposed than a true silhouette. I...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-21-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By KevinM
While I don't have the original raw to look at in...

While I don't have the original raw to look at in detail, this image should be correctable.

As Loyd indicated, when resubmitting an image, never attempt to edit a low-res JPEG. Delete it and go...
Forum: Trip Reports 03-18-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By KevinM
Although Strasburg won't look like VA or NC, the...

Although Strasburg won't look like VA or NC, the place is well-suited for photography, particularly at sunrise and sunset, assuming the weather cooperates. It is decently lit for most of the day. ...
Forum: Trip Reports 03-18-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By KevinM
I bought all 4 of the day sessions. Although it...

I bought all 4 of the day sessions. Although it won't be 60 mph running, Strasburg has a decent grade and solid track. They also have a nice selection of vintage freight cars. The combination of...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-09-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 853
Posted By KevinM
Ugh....:roll: I can't really comment much on...

Ugh....:roll:

I can't really comment much on the quality of the files because I find anything but obvious issues difficult to see on a low-res image, but the screener made a good call on these.
...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-08-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,050
Posted By KevinM
The newer Nikons do have an HDR shooting mode,...

The newer Nikons do have an HDR shooting mode, but the (serious) downside to it is that you end up with a JPEG, not a raw image. It has its place, mainly for static shots where the required dynamic...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-08-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By KevinM
Yep, one step to the right and a quick twist of...

Yep, one step to the right and a quick twist of the zoom ring would definitely have helped that one nicely.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-08-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By KevinM
That is a legit concern. I still upload no more...

That is a legit concern. I still upload no more than 1200 px on the long side here and on Flickr. There are just too many people "re-purposing" images these days. I see my stuff on websites...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-07-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By KevinM
Hi John, I have the opposite problem. I...

Hi John,

I have the opposite problem. I have a tendency to go too wide, trying to capture all of the plume and lots of nearby scenery. I like to shoot scenes that contain a train. As a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-07-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By KevinM
And voila! :-) [photoid=686681]

And voila! :-)

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-06-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By KevinM
Hmmmm.... This looks like a pretty nice photo...

Hmmmm.... This looks like a pretty nice photo to me. It would be one thing if it were a weathered CSX diesel, but this is definitely not common power.

I think the other guys have the right...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-01-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Posted By KevinM
Sadly, this happens quite often. An author or...

Sadly, this happens quite often. An author or publisher will contact a photographer asking for a high-res image to be used in an upcoming book, generally promising only a copy of the book vs. any...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-25-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 868
Posted By KevinM
Ugh! There's a train shot that will grab a lot...

Ugh! There's a train shot that will grab a lot of views.....for all of the wrong reasons. Sad loss of a historic building. Grain elevators look pretty innocuous, but they can be pretty...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-23-2019, 12:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,446
Posted By KevinM
If someone has the secret to controlling lens...

If someone has the secret to controlling lens flare in a dead-on, square into the sun shot, I am all ears. Even expensive lenses with no filters can flare like crazy in those situations. Perhaps...
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