Old 03-08-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Well OK! Chris has laid down the gauntlet!

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You could give a one-armed monkey a camera and he'd take a decent shot anywhere west of Denver.
But what does it all mean, really? Is a O-AM shot a nicely lit scenic mountain shot, albeit not PCA level? Is it a simple basic wedgie that someone took at a location where everyone else takes their time and gets the grand image? Or is it in fact a silhouette SC, yellow/orange background sky, destined for greatness, so, so easy to take out west, you can almost take the lens off and just wave the sensor at the scene? Who knows?

So the floor is wide open, whatever fits your personal vision of the one-armed monkey shot! Let's get to it!

I myself have not taken many west of Denver shots, and alas I am probably that one-armed monkey, except wearing a sling. so here is a station wedgie, could just as easily have been taken here in the east. And then a shot I stick in the forum over and over because I like it, didn't think about it much at the time, just shot, just like a monkey would!!!, and since we are talking WEST well, here we go again!

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:28 PM   #3
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This one's a no-brainer. I could spend three days on the Cumbres & Toltec or Durango & Silverton and get more decent shots than I would in 6 months of chasing tourist railroads in the east. All of these are chase shots....no photo charter, no planning, no sitting for hours....jump out of the car, shoot and hop back in:

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Sure, no SCAs, no PCAs or other hardware, but I can't get stuff like this back east. The kind of scenery that grabs the eyes (mountains, tall trees, wide open spaces) is just very, very hard to come by out here in the woods.
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:34 PM   #4
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I'm happy to admit that most one-armed monkies would shoot better images than I do.

Wonder if I moved to California from New Jersey to improve the quality of my shots?
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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Here's my big scenery one-arm monkey shot...

Wait, am I disqualified because it's east of Denver and I was with Kevin at the time?

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #6
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And here's my contribution:
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East or west of Denver, take your pick, it just depends which way around you go to get here!

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Here's my big scenery one-arm monkey shot...

Wait, am I disqualified because it's east of Denver and I was with Kevin at the time?

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The Cog was just about the only place I could think of in the East, where Chris' OA-M theory didn't hold water. Folks would almost have to TRY to take an uninteresting photo there.

Now unfortunately, unless you're willing to scale the mountain before dawn, you're not going to be shooting steam and even if you do, you'll get one shot and you'll be done for the day.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:30 PM   #8
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East or west of Denver, take your pick, it just depends which way around you go to get here!

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LOL Great shot no matter how you got there!
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:52 PM   #9
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I bet there are plenty of one armed monkey photo spots in the east, probably the northeast, say, for example, Pennsylvania.

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Hmmm....I've never seen a one armed monkey. Ohhhh......I know, you mean the guys that stand next to the tracks taking pictures of trains.

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:55 PM   #11
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There's a couple of these spots in WV and VA.

Easy to get to
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Easy to get to, once you find it.
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Not so easy to get to, even if you find it.
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From a recent thread, it's so easy to get too, just like all the overpasses in the Pittsburgh area, and shoot from. But the scenes are nice.

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Can't forget the overlooks either :

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And Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh is a category all in itself! Someone with NO arms could take a fairly decent shot in Pittsburgh! It's hard to go to Pittsburgh or the greater Pittsburgh area and NOT get a nice shot.

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I bet there are plenty of one armed monkey photo spots in the east, probably the northeast, say, for example, Pennsylvania.

Agreed. RP is chock-full on one-armed monkey shots from the east.
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Interesting thread!

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Agreed. RP is chock-full on one-armed monkey shots from the east.
I've been to every state in the contiguous US of A and there's a ton more potential West of the Mississippi. I will go one step further, and draw the line West of the corn field states . It's a bit bland in the Midwest.

So in conclusion:

West > East
East > Midwest

That is all.

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You can pretty much point a camera anywhere in western Colorado a get a decent picture.
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I've been to every state in the contiguous US of A and there's a ton more potential West of the Mississippi. I will go one step further, and draw the line West of the corn field states . It's a bit bland in the Midwest.
That doesn't change the fact that RP is chock-full of one-armed monkey shots from the east.
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That doesn't change the fact that RP is chock-full of one-armed monkey shots from the east.
It's chock-fuller of Western shots though.

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It's chock-fuller of Western shots though.

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So in conclusion, there are one-armed monkey shots from EVERYWHERE in this country.
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So in conclusion, there are one-armed monkey shots from EVERYWHERE in this country.
Not precisely, there's obviously a swarm of one-armed monkeys everywhere in this country.


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Oh, one armed monkey. I thought you said armed monkey:

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a swarm of one-armed monkeys
a troop of monkeys!
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I've been to every state in the contiguous US of A and there's a ton more potential West of the Mississippi. I will go one step further, and draw the line West of the corn field states . It's a bit bland in the Midwest.
Less competition is fine with me

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Hey, something just occurred to me....Ansel Adams was a one-armed monkey!!
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