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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-17-2018, 04:53 AM
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Posted By KevinM
I just looked up my stats. I'm a Mechanical...

I just looked up my stats. I'm a Mechanical Engineer....I track everything. Since 10/31/2008, I have filed 15 appeals on RP. 14 were accepted. One was rejected. The rejected one was...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-17-2018, 12:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 244
Posted By KevinM
My best advice, David.....avoid appealing. More...

My best advice, David.....avoid appealing. More people have gotten themselves in dutch with the RP Admins by appealing too much. Two appeals on 4 photos submitted so far is already too much. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
What's interesting is that the "going away" shot...

What's interesting is that the "going away" shot got twice as many views as the "comin' at ya" shot. Frankly, I'm not surprised. Virtually every shot I have ever seen of The General in this...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-04-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
I personally never saw any issue with the two...

I personally never saw any issue with the two photos or the "Dueling SCs." :grin: Lots of folks have submitted images of trains from the same location with different consists, different light, etc....
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
In effect, PTC is really step in that direction. ...

In effect, PTC is really step in that direction. I don't know that I'm in favor of self-driving anything. Technology is great, but it is only as good as the folks who created it, and they are all...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
No argument. Human beings are always the weak...

No argument. Human beings are always the weak link in mass transportation. Decades ago, the airlines had a pretty bad safety record and while there were more reliability issues with the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-20-2017, 04:59 AM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Very violent-looking wreck. I can't imagine...

Very violent-looking wreck. I can't imagine what it must be like to leave the rails at 80 mph. As I noted in my comment on Steve's photo, I really think that seatbelts would make a lot of sense...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-12-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Now that you mention it, I do recall this...

Now that you mention it, I do recall this incident. What I don't recall are the details. Did someone steal your photo from an RP-size image and make that big sign? I'll bet it looks great up...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-11-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
If I had to put an obnoxious watermark like that...

If I had to put an obnoxious watermark like that on all of my photos, I think I'd give up photography. Images are to be enjoyed, and having the primary subject contaminated with that sort of thing...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-11-2017, 05:34 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
I like it! It almost looks as if the train is...

I like it! It almost looks as if the train is illuminated by the headlights of your car. I also think the color temperature of this BNSF shot is far more pleasing to the eye than the blue/white...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-11-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Hi Kent, So would I. Too many night shots...

Hi Kent,

So would I. Too many night shots are just too bright. Just because someone can light something with a big enough nuke, doesn't necessarily mean that the result will be pleasing to the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-07-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
The 1225 makes a great subject. Would love to...

The 1225 makes a great subject. Would love to get back up there and see her again. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of this particular image. After I read your comment, I took a look at it on an...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-06-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
I agree. I've been putting a small watermark on...

I agree. I've been putting a small watermark on mine for the past couple of years, if only to ensure that if someone copies the image intact as a screensaver, FB page, etc, it is still clear who...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-06-2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
In the PoTW position on the home page, this...

In the PoTW position on the home page, this watermark is like a giant, aerial billboard for the site. The only thing missing is the Goodyear Blimp carrying that "sign". Seriously, it's a gorgeous...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-05-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By KevinM
I think everyone is thinking along the same...

I think everyone is thinking along the same lines. The image is a little bit too dark and contrasty, to the point where there is no detail in the shadows at all. (The image as it currently exists...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-30-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Looks like it was shot at 1/100th at f/5 and ISO...

Looks like it was shot at 1/100th at f/5 and ISO 20,000. The ISO used here was really extreme. Faster glass might have given the photographer some needed latitude to decrease the ISO and increase...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-29-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Not to put words in anyone's mouth, but a...

Not to put words in anyone's mouth, but a possible interpretation of this phrase is that the photographer used a drone because he perhaps believed the resulting image would be more popular because...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-29-2017, 12:25 AM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
My only (hopefully constructive) input on...

My only (hopefully constructive) input on this....and many other "drone" shots....is that the shooting angles are often a bit extreme for my tastes. Any sight line to the subject that is more than...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-27-2017, 10:33 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
Correct. Lots of photographers have created...

Correct. Lots of photographers have created nicely edited images with the Shadows and Highlights sliders in the corners. The key difference between those images and the one under discussion is...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-27-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,077
Posted By KevinM
Hi Daniel, Just because I don't post...

Hi Daniel,

Just because I don't post everything I shot from a charter or an event doesn't mean that others won't do it. I try not to bore the audience and I use the view-counts to tell me when...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-26-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 33,609
Posted By KevinM
I have to wonder if some of the issues that folks...

I have to wonder if some of the issues that folks are detecting in this image were missed because of mobile processing....meaning perhaps it was a quickie edit done in the car on some mobile device,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-22-2017, 05:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By KevinM
That's interesting. The Nikon System is a little...

That's interesting. The Nikon System is a little more flexible. Any of Nikon's recent lenses, DX or FX will mount on any F-mount camera, DX or FX. An FX lens used on a DX camera will result in a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-21-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By KevinM
I'm not a Canon shooter, but I believe that the...

I'm not a Canon shooter, but I believe that the T5 has an APS-C (crop) sensor and the 6D is a full-frame camera. If you have lenses that were designed for a crop sensor, they will not work...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-20-2017, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,077
Posted By KevinM
Hi Daniel, Yes, and I enjoy seeing them. ...

Hi Daniel,

Yes, and I enjoy seeing them. Not being much inclined to visit some of the exotic places that you and he travel to (such as Iran :eek:), the photos you post are probably the only...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-20-2017, 03:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,077
Posted By KevinM
Hi Daniel, I'm thinking that this is not the...

Hi Daniel,

I'm thinking that this is not the kind of shot that would have me digging my heels in with RP. Like you, I do lots of charters and there's always SOMEBODY who is fortunate enough to...
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