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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-17-2017, 11:52 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Noct Foamer
Meanwhile, poor old Baggy Dave can't even get...

Meanwhile, poor old Baggy Dave can't even get them accepted once.:grin:


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-13-2017, 02:09 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
The location is close. One of these days I'll go...

The location is close. One of these days I'll go back and shoot with my D800E, and use 13 ft. stands instead of my lightweight 8 footers. Would like to catch it with snow coming down too.:-)

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Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-12-2017, 12:31 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
1. That's the sort of look I'm after with these...

1. That's the sort of look I'm after with these crossing shots. I don't like to overdo the light--just enough to give you a sense of place. Actual car headlights don't light up enough area of...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-11-2017, 04:29 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
My thinking is that a night photo should have the...

My thinking is that a night photo should have the "feel" of the night, something that preserves its sense of mystery. Here's a grab shot I took last night on the way home. I try to capture the idea...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 12-11-2017, 03:47 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
The blue-ness is odd. It might be an artifact...

The blue-ness is odd. It might be an artifact from converting from NEF to JPG maybe. Or Srgb. It would have been very easy to color correct, or simply use the desaturate tool to turn it gray. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-30-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
I suspect any softness came from the shutter...

I suspect any softness came from the shutter speed, especially if relying on VR (IS) instead of a tripod. Really can't beat a tripod.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-30-2017, 12:16 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
That shot would have been much improved if there...

That shot would have been much improved if there was a family sitting around the table. As is, it's much too sterile.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-27-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
I would be embarrassed to post something like...

I would be embarrassed to post something like that. I try to make sure mine are only half that bad. :lol:


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-13-2017, 01:45 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
It's a pretty easy fix. Curious why he went to...

It's a pretty easy fix. Curious why he went to all the trouble to get the shot but didn't clone out the green ghosting.
I'll add that I think I would have shot this as a vertical.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-08-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've been thinking that if I buy a Nikon 70-300mm...

I've been thinking that if I buy a Nikon 70-300mm AFP VR to use as light & compact lens for hiking, that means I don't really have to keep the 80-400mm AFS. I mostly was using it because it's...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Noct Foamer
For Nikon shooters wanting a long lens at...

For Nikon shooters wanting a long lens at moderate price, the Nikon 200-500mm VR is close to being a no-brainer. It's bigger than what I want though. Tamron is coming out with a new 100-400mm f6.3,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Noct Foamer
The Nikon 300mm PF is a different sort of lens. ...

The Nikon 300mm PF is a different sort of lens. Instead of standard glass elements, it has one Fresnel element.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresnel_lens

This makes the lens very (!) light...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 12:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,203
Posted By Noct Foamer
You really don't necessarily need a zoom. Any...

You really don't necessarily need a zoom. Any lens that's 300mm or 400mm can get you far enough back that train crews won't be annoyed. That said, something like a 300mm, 400mm, 500mm is an...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-07-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Noct Foamer
Not Sure About This Lens :(

I've been using a Nikon 80-400mm AFS as my long lens for the past several years. It's sharp enough--no complaints, and almost always long enough. I use it as a "general purpose" lens and that...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-29-2017, 05:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 631
Posted By Noct Foamer
You were standing in the wrong place to take this...

You were standing in the wrong place to take this shot, basically. You will learn to anticipate this in advance. When selecting where to take a shot from, the first question you always must ask is,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-27-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've been doing those kinds of shots for the past...

I've been doing those kinds of shots for the past 11 years, and have done some in maybe a dozen states now. My thinking is more likely the guy was playing with you.:-) Unless you're using high...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,770
Posted By Noct Foamer
I generally use aperture priority and that works...

I generally use aperture priority and that works quite well for daytime shots. In this case, set to A-priority, dial the aperture to f11, and up ISO until you hit shutter speed at least 1/500s. ...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 03:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,770
Posted By Noct Foamer
There are several basic obstacles to get over to...

There are several basic obstacles to get over to make a successful shot like this. First, you need a lot of DoF (depth of field,) to get everything reasonably in focus. To do that you need to stop...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-25-2017, 03:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,472
Posted By Noct Foamer
There's an old saying: "If your photo lacks...

There's an old saying: "If your photo lacks impact, move in closer."


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-24-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
The use of Light was exquisite, and that conveys...

The use of Light was exquisite, and that conveys a very strong mood, I think.


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-19-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
Same here. I doubt I post even 10%. I've...

Same here. I doubt I post even 10%. I've always had the philosophy that if I only show my very best stuff, people will think I'm a better photographer than I really am.:grin:


Kent in SD
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-16-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By Noct Foamer
The light was coming from the wrong direction for...

The light was coming from the wrong direction for this shot. Once you learn to recognize that, you will adjust where you shoot from almost automatically. This would make a nice night shot--you...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-14-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
That used to be my priority--stock photography in...

That used to be my priority--stock photography in the 90s, family & senior portraits in early 2000s, recent years wedding photography. However, when you do something fun for pay, it just becomes...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-14-2017, 02:24 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
I've never really understood the need to have a...

I've never really understood the need to have a lot of views. About ten years ago there was a guy on a nature photo forum that told me he was a much better photographer than I was, and the proof was...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-13-2017, 12:38 AM
Replies: 675
Views: 41,832
Posted By Noct Foamer
It's harder to shoot on summer nights. There...

It's harder to shoot on summer nights. There are a lot more bugs flying in the air for one thing. When the flash hits them they make big white spots all over the place. Many of those bugs are...
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