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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-25-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 12
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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, 06:19 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 18,036
Posted By John West
Cool I agree, but some folks with interesting/historic...

I agree, but some folks with interesting/historic pix don't have those skills. I would rather see the pix now in all their "primitive" condition than stay in boxes to eventually end up in some...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-21-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 961
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 08-21-2017, 02:21 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 18,036
Posted By John West
Cool Seems to me it has been a long standing practice...

Seems to me it has been a long standing practice of waiving a lot of the "quality" rules for pix of historic interest.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-14-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 18,036
Posted By John West
Smile The reason I clicked on it was curiosity as to...

The reason I clicked on it was curiosity as to the source of the smoke....was it a steam engine back there.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-11-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
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, 02:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,503
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, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
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, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
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 08-07-2017, 12:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,214
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, 07:21 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 18,036
Posted By John West
The number of mediocre or even bad shots on RP is...

The number of mediocre or even bad shots on RP is really endless. And some decent shots get nit picked to death. And some really good stuff shows up. C'est la vie. Why do people act surprised. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 08-04-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,998
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, 04:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
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 08-03-2017, 12:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
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 08-03-2017, 12:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
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, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 708
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, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,998
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, 08:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
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, 06:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
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, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
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,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-01-2017, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,707
Posted By John West
Good idea, and worth trying again. The...

Good idea, and worth trying again. The composition needs improving, among other things the bright lights at the top of the image are distracting and angles of the shed are bothersome. I wonder if...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-19-2017, 05:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,534
Posted By John West
Cool The first question I would ask yourself is what...

The first question I would ask yourself is what are you going to use the images for and what level of quality/technology does that require. I say that because I think the majority of us pay for more...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-18-2017, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,147
Posted By John West
Question The biggest problem I have is the color. The...

The biggest problem I have is the color. The combination of low sun and the reflective vests produces a very unpleasant palette, at least to my eyes. There also seems to be some haloing from the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-13-2017, 10:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,622
Posted By John West
Cool How about something like this. My first reaction...

How about something like this. My first reaction was what the heck was the fireman doing to the poor engine, that is a LOT of smoke.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-11-2017, 04:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,409
Posted By John West
Cool Not a bad composition but I would have rejected...

Not a bad composition but I would have rejected it for being over sharpened. I agree with Joe that closer would be better, so long as it is not to close. The basic problem is I don't find the...
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