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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-07-2020, 06:39 PM
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Posted By KevinM
Not sure I can add much to Loyd's assessment...

Not sure I can add much to Loyd's assessment here. Both compositions hit me between the eyes within a second of looking at them. The first one wants the signal on the left edge and the trains a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-06-2020, 04:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
If that were the case, I'm guessing it wasn't...

If that were the case, I'm guessing it wasn't toilet paper (which would shred instantly), but Bounty or some other stout paper towel material, which would likely do the job nicely.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-05-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
So, do railroads have a department that scours...

So, do railroads have a department that scours rail photography sites looking for photos that depict their crews doing things they shouldn't? This is all pretty new to me. Of course, I seldom...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-03-2020, 10:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
Burnt in what way? Did someone photograph and...

Burnt in what way? Did someone photograph and post an image depicting rules violations, or something of that sort?
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-03-2020, 03:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
Well.....I suspect this one is right in my...

Well.....I suspect this one is right in my wheelhouse. ;)

A couple of things.... The examples cited don't appear to be blow-downs. It's just steam from the cylinder cocks when the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-30-2019, 03:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By KevinM
We can all hope! :lol: It's not so much...

We can all hope! :lol:

It's not so much the endless parade of poorly done, high down-angle drone shots that bother me. It's the shots that were clearly taken from altitudes that were above...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
Going just a little looser on the crop (or wider...

Going just a little looser on the crop (or wider on the shot) would have included both. I can see cutting people off at the waist, but at the ankles? When I first saw the shot, that was the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
Merges and foreground clutter

Here's an example of an obstructive merge that was accepted:

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As with Bob's image, the front truck is obstructed by the people in the foreground, and the position of those...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
Geez, I sure wish I could bring myself to look at...

Geez, I sure wish I could bring myself to look at it this way. It's just that now, when I look at folders of images that I shot a dozen years ago, I find a TON of junk and I ask myself: "Why are...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-16-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,929
Posted By KevinM
I think that the artsy types would classify this...

I think that the artsy types would classify this as what's known as a "merge".....when two major elements in a scene appear to "touch." As I've learned, this is something to be avoided, because...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-02-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By KevinM
I don't own a drone, but have thought of getting...

I don't own a drone, but have thought of getting one for (very) occasional use when I just could not find a camera position to capture a pleasing composition. In my view, a drone is a replacement...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-02-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By KevinM
I wish I had the original raw file for this one. ...

I wish I had the original raw file for this one. I could probably help the person make it look more realistic. As it is, it is overexposed and a little tough on the eyes.
Forum: Trip Reports 11-08-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,770
Posted By KevinM
There is no question in my mind that folks out...

There is no question in my mind that folks out west do indeed have a much easier time finding scenic photo locations with good lighting (and better weather) than those of us who live back east. ...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-05-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 92,917
Posted By KevinM
Wow, I haven't played this game in a while. It...

Wow, I haven't played this game in a while. It was interesting to see what the numbers actually looked like:

Kevin Madore currently has 1933 photos in the database. The photos have been viewed a...
Forum: U.S. Regional and Short Line Railroad Discussion 11-05-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,662
Posted By KevinM
The owner is said to want several million dollars...

The owner is said to want several million dollars for the operation (lock, stock and barrel), and from a practical standpoint, any potential buyer would need at least an equivalent amount of cash...
Forum: U.S. Regional and Short Line Railroad Discussion 11-05-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,662
Posted By KevinM
Concur. I suspect that the event was organized...

Concur. I suspect that the event was organized by and for people who WISH that the EBT could operate again. Unfortunately, I was committed to another charter event last weekend and could not have...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-29-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
Hi Dennis, In a word, yes. I donít like to...

Hi Dennis,

In a word, yes. I donít like to shoot that camera above 1600 ISO, and will use my old D4 if I know I will need to be above 2500. The files are just not as clean at high ISO as either...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-21-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,099
Posted By KevinM
Spacetrain, despite the rejections, the quality...

Spacetrain, despite the rejections, the quality of your photos is definitely improving. I think its just a matter of being a little more careful with photo locations and working on your editing...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-21-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
Hi Bob, A couple of things.... WRT the...

Hi Bob,

A couple of things....

WRT the AF switch that you are referring to, I think you are talking about the small toggle switch with a center button on it that is typically found on the left...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-21-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
There is zero lag when you press the shutter...

There is zero lag when you press the shutter release. It fires immediately. The problem is that the EVF is not quite real-time, so when you pull the shutter release, you're a fraction of a second...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-21-2019, 05:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
There is zero lag when you press the shutter...

There is zero lag when you press the shutter release. It fires immediately. The problem is that the EVF is not quite real-time, so when you pull the shutter release, you're a fraction of a second...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-18-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
As long as you are planning to go mirrorless from...

As long as you are planning to go mirrorless from now on, that's an OK strategy. The key thing to keep in mind is that S lenses are completely useless on DSLRs, but G and E lenses will work on both...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-18-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
Hi Daniel, The Nikon 18-200mm "DX" lens that...

Hi Daniel,

The Nikon 18-200mm "DX" lens that you have been using is what I refer to as a "do-all" lens. It covers a wide range of focal lengths from wide angle to medium telephoto. The...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-18-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By KevinM
Well, the Z6 would be an excellent upgrade from a...

Well, the Z6 would be an excellent upgrade from a D300 as the latter is probably 10 years old now, unless you have the "S" version. But that said, there are some caveats that you will need to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-11-2019, 04:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,523
Posted By KevinM
Concur on that. If I were posting this...

Concur on that. If I were posting this particular image, I would have at least put the watermark on the opposite side, where there is dead-space. I typically pick the dead side for mine.
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