Old 03-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #26
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Very sound advice, John, except that you are apparently unaware that "P"derek"H" and "P"aul "H"offmann are one and the same!
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Well, that puts a whole different spin on things, don't it?

It doesn't look to me like 'pderekh' is stuck in Wedgieville at all! Nice work!
I'll take that as a compliment that I'm on the right track! ha ha-couldn't resist. Thanks guys for the encouragment and advice.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:03 PM   #27
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Secondly, maybe this is stating the obvious but have you tried simply getting away from the track, find a nice open spot, and try some broadsides? (Yes, I'm aware how much of a PITA it is trying to find an open spot in the suburbs.) Just poking through the last day or two yields some examples:

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I could photoshop mountains behind the Sears tower

seriously, you're right about trying to open up. Two thoughts. One, I need to get out into the country again like I do from time to time. Two, When I see shots from the west, I think about how I wish I could be there. I try to put myself in someonelse's shoes and think what does someone who isn't in Chciago look at a picture of and say "wow, wish I could have taken that!"

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I'll take that as a compliment that I'm on the right track!
Well, I meant it to convey that you most certainly are NOT stuck in Wedgie-ville, unless it's a recent slump. Nice work and good eye.
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Here's an idea. Frame the signal bridge so you can't see the train coming from the opposite way, and use the locomotive's headlight to backlight the signal.

Something along the lines of this?
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Wedgie land sounds like it would hurt!



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In all seriousness, I think you have some great shots on here, not all are wedgies, wedgies are just easier to get in especially in an urban/suburban environment, I'd say you are doing fine!
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:45 PM   #32
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Wedgie land sounds like it would hurt!



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Old 03-07-2010, 12:13 AM   #33
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I could photoshop mountains behind the Sears tower

seriously, you're right about trying to open up. Two thoughts. One, I need to get out into the country again like I do from time to time. Two, When I see shots from the west, I think about how I wish I could be there. I try to put myself in someonelse's shoes and think what does someone who isn't in Chciago look at a picture of and say "wow, wish I could have taken that!"
In response to your last sentence:
You don't realize it, but I would say you've hit it right there.

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Also, you have variety. With 6 Class I's, an endless number of shortlines, Metras, the El, and Amtrak all within ~30 miles, you have the leisure of choice. Here where I live, I have NS, AMTK at bad times, CSX, and the PICK. That is it.

Having railfanned in Naperville, one more:
TRAFFIC!!!
I mean, c'mon, the traffic on the racetrack is freaking ridiculous. I can sit out on my relatively busy line and average about 1 train per hour. That is not the case in Naperville, I mean, seriously. I know they are a half Metras and that gets old fast. I've been there at rush hour. But, still, the fact that I think the daily traffic counts on that line are over a hundred, you definitely have an advantage. I know there are people on here who will disagree with me over whether lots of traffic is a good thing, but I will say, trying to learn to shoot when you get one train per hour, better half of which aren't in good light, is not what I would like.

So there, you have skyscrapers, variety, and traffic. Three reasons that, as a railfan, have made me wish, often, that I lived in or near the Windy City.
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Tres between you and the train seem to get on here lately. Seriously, Wedgieland is a nice place to visit. Just on the out skirts of the Land of Wedgie is a place called Betweenville -- put somethng between you and the train.

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Two, When I see shots from the west, I think about how I wish I could be there.
I used to think that, too...then I took two trips west in 2009 and had THE BEST TIME EVER (thanks to Steven Welch for showing me around). I highly recommend "going west" for a photography "fix" that'll change your entire attitude.
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I used to think that, too...then I took two trips west in 2009 and had THE BEST TIME EVER (thanks to Steven Welch for showing me around). I highly recommend "going west" for a photography "fix" that'll change your entire attitude.

The "expert" at the area still fails to the noob on the cover shot. I still don't like you.
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The "expert" at the area still fails to the noob on the cover shot. I still don't like you.

Don't jinx it. It hasn't happened yet. If and when it does, then you can say that.
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too much "dead space" on the left and right?

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too much "dead space" on the left and right?

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Probably. But also too much bridge, which you could crop out, but also too much space above and below the train. A much better effort here than the BNSF shot. I would have let the train get closer to the bridge and maybe positioned yourself so that the signals in the distance were just below the top of the bridge.
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or do a vert crop or retake as a vert
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I highly recommend "going west" for a photography "fix" that'll change your entire attitude.
It's statements like these that make me laugh. You could give a one-armed monkey a camera and he'd take a decent shot anywhere west of Denver. It takes a truly talented photographer to consistently take good photos east of Mississippi.

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It's statements like these that make me laugh. You could give a one-armed monkey a camera and he'd take a decent shot anywhere west of Denver. It takes a truly talented photographer to consistently take good photos east of Mississippi.

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Yeah, and I'm sure that monkey would appreciate the beauty of being in the mountains as well. I'm really not quite sure what the point of your reply was, as it has NOTHING to do with the two comments you quoted.
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You could give a one-armed monkey a camera and he'd take a decent shot anywhere west of Denver.
Hey now. I'm a two armed monkey.
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Hey now. I'm a two armed monkey.
Actually, you are in the no-man's land between the Mississippi and Denver that was not included.
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Aha! This finally explains why I get decent photos in St. Paul, but do terribly in Minneapolis. Or does it? Hmm. Where is my map?
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