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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum Yesterday, 04:50 PM
Replies: 3
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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: 87
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: 87
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: 408
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.
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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-08-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 516
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: 22
Views: 741
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: 22
Views: 741
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: 22
Views: 741
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: 22
Views: 741
Posted By KevinM
And voila! :-) [photoid=686681]

And voila! :-)

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-06-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 741
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: 801
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: 449
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: 980
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...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-21-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By KevinM
Yes, they absolutely can. But we have all seen...

Yes, they absolutely can. But we have all seen examples of sunrise/sunset shots that just defy reality. BTW, my remark was not related to any specific RP image or recent upload. Seeing the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-21-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By KevinM
Agreed. Catch low-angle sun and some rails at...

Agreed. Catch low-angle sun and some rails at just the right angle and the rails will appear to glow. I first noticed the phenomenon while climbing down from Mt. Washington over a decade ago. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-18-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,083
Posted By KevinM
I really applaud what the manufacturers are...

I really applaud what the manufacturers are doing. Before the advent of some of these controls, there were some really scary YouTube videos posted of people flying at altitudes well above 400 AGL...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-18-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,083
Posted By KevinM
Yeah, attempting to use a drone near any major...

Yeah, attempting to use a drone near any major city is problematic. Large airports with commercial activity typically have Class B or Class C airspace, and it goes all the way to the ground within...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-16-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 491
Posted By KevinM
Here in New England, I think the hunters use the...

Here in New England, I think the hunters use the same strategy. :shock:
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-16-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 491
Posted By KevinM
These days, almost any new digital camera (DSLR,...

These days, almost any new digital camera (DSLR, Mirrorless or P&S) should get nice results in decent lighting conditions. Sensors have improved tremendously in the last 10 years. I remember my...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-10-2019, 03:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By KevinM
Hmmm, I have always found that the RP ads seem to...

Hmmm, I have always found that the RP ads seem to be directly related to my recent internet searches. I get ads for B&H, Adorama, etc. If you're getting ads for Ashley Madison, and you're not...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-10-2019, 02:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,615
Posted By KevinM
Right. That's the reason why charter operators...

Right. That's the reason why charter operators strictly control the use of drones. They make noise, which really tees off the video guys. Still guys like me generally don't care, as long as they...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-09-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,615
Posted By KevinM
Amen. It may be because I am getting old, but...

Amen. It may be because I am getting old, but I don't find U2-style photos of trains to be at all pleasing to the eye. If I owned a drone, I might be shooting at a 30-degree down-angle from...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 01-04-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,615
Posted By KevinM
Both NS and CSX need to pay a designer to come up...

Both NS and CSX need to pay a designer to come up with a snazzier logo and more striking corporate colors, at least IMHO. :roll: Virtually any of the so-called "hurtage oonits" were better looking...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-22-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 805
Posted By KevinM
I think everyone has the right idea with respect...

I think everyone has the right idea with respect to the aspect ratio. This needs a more panoramic crop. Tighter top and bottom, looser on the ends. RP does have limits, but I have found that I...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-22-2018, 01:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,244
Posted By KevinM
Well, with that, I did a couple of quick Google...

Well, with that, I did a couple of quick Google searches and learned enough to understand the situation. Good grief.... :roll:
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