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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-25-2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By KevinM
I process raw files about as aggressively as...

I process raw files about as aggressively as anyone on RP, and I've had a few edits go off the rails myself. Images like this one typically result from one of two situations. Either the scene...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-04-2019, 03:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By KevinM
Yep, that's the dude....and I agree. That sunset...

Yep, that's the dude....and I agree. That sunset shot is a keeper. I am hoping to come up with at least one nicely lit shot of this locomotive. I have no idea what to expect out there. On the...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 05-04-2019, 02:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By KevinM
There will be a brief pause in RP activity.....

....while every rail photographer in the world (as well as foamers with cameras) heads for Wyoming to take Big Boy photos. When they get back, RP activity will suddenly surge....with Big Boy photos....
Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 05-02-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By KevinM
Which is why I bought the last version of...

Which is why I bought the last version of Lightroom that was standalone.......

Never trust anyone who expects you to pay for a subscription for life. They set the hook with what seems to be a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 04-05-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By KevinM
Jim, I think he's using a P&S camera, which...

Jim,

I think he's using a P&S camera, which should not prevent him from controlling the settings.....but I really don't think he's learned how to do that.

He really needs a DSLR. Even a...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-29-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By KevinM
Yeah, the headlight halos are pretty obnoxious. ...

Yeah, the headlight halos are pretty obnoxious. I wonder, were you using any filters? Pulling those off definitely helps in this kind of shot. What did you shoot it with?

Anytime you have...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-25-2019, 12:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By KevinM
I concur with Mitch. In a shot like this, go...

I concur with Mitch. In a shot like this, go all black unless you can (and want to) show some foreground detail. As-is, the foreground looks more wicked underexposed than a true silhouette. I...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 03-21-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
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: 682
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: 682
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: 710
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: 845
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: 27
Views: 1,766
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: 27
Views: 1,766
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: 27
Views: 1,766
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: 27
Views: 1,766
Posted By KevinM
And voila! :-) [photoid=686681]

And voila! :-)

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-06-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,766
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: 1,143
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: 742
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: 1,330
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: 1,330
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: 1,330
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: 1,461
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: 1,461
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: 773
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:
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