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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-01-2018, 12:48 AM
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Posted By John West
Smile Another vote for Vuescan

I have been using Vuescan for years, first with a Polaroid scanner, and more recently with a Nikon super coolscan, Epson V600, and even my HP printer and scanner. It is very user friendly, produces...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-02-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By John West
Smile A beautiful train picture regardless of the...

A beautiful train picture regardless of the reroute and non-electrification. Not really backlit so much as side lit, the side of the train has sun on it only the nose is a bit dark. This is really...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-31-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By John West
But Dennis it is far more fun to test the limits...

But Dennis it is far more fun to test the limits of the rules ;-). I do agree there is some very good stuff on RP, in a way the real problem is not what gets rejected but too much uninteresting...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-29-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By John West
Smile At least in my mind RP has evolved a lot. As I...

At least in my mind RP has evolved a lot. As I remember it (and others may remember it differently) RP really liked (and still likes) well lit 3/4 front views (wedgies). More creative stuff was...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-29-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By John West
Smile Thanks for the kind words. You get to see only...

Thanks for the kind words. You get to see only the ones accepted! And one tends to remember the rejections I guess.

I seem to remember back in the bad old days lots of issues about backlit shots,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-28-2018, 01:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By John West
Smile RP rejects can be found in odd places

I recently visited Cumbres Pass and was enjoying a kiosk with historic information when I noticed a picture that looked familiar. Looking closer it was indeed one of mine and properly credited, so i...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-06-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,349
Posted By John West
Cool RP is not perfect but that is not just a function...

RP is not perfect but that is not just a function of RP itself but also its contributors. The problems with RP itself are often discussed, but I think the contributors could also be a bit more...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-07-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,352
Posted By John West
Cool Thanks Dennis

Thanks for providing that link. Do not think I have seen it before. Spent a lot of time last night looking at the whole thing. Perhaps I should take back all my criticism of RP screeners, but a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-05-2018, 03:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,352
Posted By John West
Do I have to make a choice? Do whatever works for...

Do I have to make a choice? Do whatever works for you, variety is the spice of life, and RP is just one of many venues. These discussions always remind me a English lit class in which we tried to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-25-2017, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,036
Posted By John West
Now we have the CPAP diversion trick.

Now we have the CPAP diversion trick.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-21-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,469
Posted By John West
Cool Both are very interesting. The Victorians built...

Both are very interesting. The Victorians built some graceful railway structures and the pix show that nicely. My approach would be to submit them, or at least one of them, worst that can happen is...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,221
Posted By John West
I think the third one, with the highrail truck...

I think the third one, with the highrail truck bracketed by two trains is interesting. If I were riding in the highrail truck I might even consider it dramatic. But the engine on the right seems to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-10-2017, 01:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,456
Posted By John West
Cool It is ridiculous to compare Daniel's image with...

It is ridiculous to compare Daniel's image with Steve's, I hope the "genre" difference is pretty obvious. Both have serious defects (Daniel's is kinda "static", Steve's is a bit too "creative" at...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-07-2017, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,895
Posted By John West
Smile The C&TS had a similar problem along a pond below...

The C&TS had a similar problem along a pond below Windy Point and the Friends of the C&TS went out and did a little brush removal to minimize the issue. But of course the C&TS is a special situation...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-07-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,895
Posted By John West
Cool Just to expand on Loyd's comment, I think the...

Just to expand on Loyd's comment, I think the problem is the brush obscuring the track and running gear of the train. The train seems to be floating on the bushes along the right-of-way, so to...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-06-2017, 11:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,861
Posted By John West
Cool For a long time I shot 35mm slides using only a...

For a long time I shot 35mm slides using only a 105/2.8 and was very happy. The 105 is in my opinion very well suited for rail photography (if what you want are "train" pix not small train big...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-04-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,036
Posted By John West
Red face Regarding TSA Pre-check

This was posted on the United Airlines site some time ago:

"As of February 2017, TSA will significantly reduce access to TSA Pre✓ expedited screening for non-enrolled travelers. TSA strongly...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-03-2017, 03:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,173
Posted By John West
Cool You're surprised? We've seen a lot worse...

You're surprised? We've seen a lot worse accepted. It is amazing how they can nit pick a pretty decent image, and just accept some really mediocre stuff. The only rationale in my mind is they want...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,687
Posted By John West
Smile Longevity

I'm curious is there are any old timers posting here that have pictures over as long a time span as I do. My oldest photo posted on RP dates back to 1958 and my newest was taken in October 2016, a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2017, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,173
Posted By John West
Neither version really grabs me. Perhaps a more...

Neither version really grabs me. Perhaps a more balance half and half version would work, but at least in my case I had to look closely to realize part of the image was a reflection, the initial...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-02-2017, 04:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,847
Posted By John West
Cool In addition to the previous suggestions, I would...

In addition to the previous suggestions, I would look at toning down the highlights a bit, it looks a bit too contrasty to me. The big RV detracts a bit but not much you can do about that. Neat...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-30-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,036
Posted By John West
I ran into this on my way home from Europe a...

I ran into this on my way home from Europe a couple of weeks ago. Made me glad that digital has allowed me to simplify my kit and all I had was one camera and one lens (and the lens was on the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-02-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,416
Posted By John West
Cool WOW, this one ended up being not only being...

WOW, this one ended up being not only being accepted for whatever reason, probably under the historical interest exemption for crappy photographs, but making the front page and getting over 3000...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-02-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,416
Posted By John West
Cool My curiosity is in the process. One of great...

My curiosity is in the process. One of great mysteries of RP is the screening process since the results are so inconsistent, and the reasons given for a rejection so often off the mark. The flip...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-02-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,416
Posted By John West
Cool One of those runaround pix

The attached image has been sitting in line now while others are run around it. This seems to happen to me more than occasionally. I wonder why? It is not a great image, lots to technical faults,...
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