Old 03-14-2010, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default PEQ night shot, but it's three trains!

I'm a little puzzled on this one and need some unbiased eyes. I love the view of the three trains in one shot. First reject was for dark lighting(duhh!!) and then darkened it to make it more night looking. I've tried a couple of closer crops and still can't avoind the PEQ. I'm I making more of this shot than it really is? now that daylight savings has started this is almost a sunrise shot now.

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Can I try cropping it tighter yet and maybe lightne it back up? I'm I making more of this shot than it really is? now that daylight savings has started this is almost a sunrise shot now.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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I agree with them, they are to darn and soft. Im personally not a fan of them.

Here is a recent shot of mine that I screwed up the exposure on to make you feel better haha

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Old 03-14-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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It's 3 headlights, not 3 trains
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:47 PM   #4
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Umm...I see three trains.

I think the shot would work if it was cropped much tighter. Unfortunately, I don't think the quality is there for a tighter crop. Do you have a telephoto lens to redo this shot?
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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Umm...I see three trains.
You really see nothing but 3 headlights in 2 out of 3 shots, that was my point, even the first train you can barely see it and its cab cars leading
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:59 PM   #6
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Okay, I see two trains and a headlight.

I think something like this would work if it was higher quality.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:36 PM   #7
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I'm not a fan of the starred headlights, it looks like you are using one of those special effects filters. Otherwise I am OK with it.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:25 AM   #8
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What I want to know is what are those 2 trains on the middle track doing so close to each other in the same block?
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What I want to know is what are those 2 trains on the middle track doing so close to each other in the same block?
That's why they call it "The Racetrack". The frequency of trains running there is close to bizarre sometimes.

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Look up the restricting signals aspect and corresponding GCOR rule. That will answer your question.

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The 2 basic problems with this photo is it is too dark and the trains are too far away. Unless you have another frame, you will not be able to fix it.
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The 2 basic problems with this photo is it is too dark and the trains are too far away. Unless you have another frame, you will not be able to fix it.
Pretty much what I think. At quick glance, the shot looks soft too, but that may just be a product of all the headlight flare. Good idea behind a photo though.
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Look at the caption, Troy. They are lined up for the morning commute. I am unsure whether they were even going anywhere.
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The second train probably got a "proceed at restricted speed" which, IIRC is 20 mph or being able to stop in half the distance of vision. Secondly, this happens 5 days a week, so it's pretty routing. Although, this morning when I went out to reshoot, there were lining up on the track to the north, main 1, possibly to allow a set of light power to run west on main 2. It's a really neat operation. If my shoot from this morning isn't succesful, will try again when sunrise is 5:30. stay tuned!
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Unless the shooter is going for something "out of the box" like a streak or silhouette, you still have to have a light source to light something up in a night time shot. It is not here IMO.
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Question: I don't see ditch lights. Are the nearest two trains parked? Are there ditch lights mounted, is that what I see a few feet above the frame, well below the marker lights higher up? I just looked at one of my Metra shots, those lights are not lit, so maybe they are not ditch lights.
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now that daylight savings has started this is almost a sunrise shot now.
I think someone forgot to set his clock ahead.

if that shot was just before sunrise, that scene is currently nearly an hour darker
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I think someone forgot to set his clock ahead.

if that shot was just before sunrise, that scene is currently nearly an hour darker


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Metras obviously have ditch lights, (duh it is an FRA reg) but for whatever reason the are not on.
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when they pull up to the signal and stop, they turn the lights dim and ditch lights off. When they are ready to leave, everything's back on full power.
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