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For an onslaught of 611 photos. Some even from myself. Lerro has their shoots this weekend. I hopped on one of the evening shoots but $700 was just to much for the night shoots.
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Guess I'll keep holding mine back from 2015 and 2016

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The onslaught has already started, along with all the other steamers currently rolling. Bring on the steam/plumes!! One rejection they wont get is common power

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For an onslaught of 611 photos. Some even from myself. Lerro has their shoots this weekend. I hopped on one of the evening shoots but $700 was just to much for the night shoots.
It will be interesting to see how this goes. Technically, these are not Lerro Charters, but rather, Strasburg/VMT charters in which Pete has been hired to organize the photography part of it. The railroad schedule is entirely up to the railroad. My biggest concern will be the Saturday afternoon session, because the railroad still intends to run its full schedule of regular trains....meaning we have to pass the tourist train every 30 minutes. THAT could get interesting.

I concur on the night shoot. Only a couple of friends opted for that. I don’t personally think that any night shoot is worth that kind of money, only because the time is limited, the weather is a huge question, and even with 35 people, contention for the “sweet spot” would always be an issue. With that kind of entry price, expectations on the part of the patrons would be high. Again, it is worth noting that the price was set by the railroad and the VMT.
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As I have seen mentioned you have to look at it partially as a contribution??

However, if I were to spend 700 I would have added a little, fly to Vegas drive up to Delta, follow 4014 to Milford and down to Caliente, NV my favorite little gem where the train overnites. However, one of the lures of Rainbow is there is never another fan around, don't suspect that will be the case. Still I spent so much time in the canyon
I think of the place I would go. Lows in the 30's and sure no motels.

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Interesting to see what may show up from there.

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However, if I were to spend 700 I would have added a little, fly to Vegas drive up to Delta, follow 4014 to Milford and down to Caliente, NV my favorite little gem where the train overnites. However, one of the lures of Rainbow is there is never another fan around, don't suspect that will be the case. Still I spent so much time in the canyon
I think of the place I would go. Lows in the 30's and sure no motels.
There were hundreds of railfans in Rainbow Canyon when 4014 was towed north in 2014. Imagine under these circumstances it'll be even worse!
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It will be interesting to see how this goes. Technically, these are not Lerro Charters, but rather, Strasburg/VMT charters in which Pete has been hired to organize the photography part of it. The railroad schedule is entirely up to the railroad. My biggest concern will be the Saturday afternoon session, because the railroad still intends to run its full schedule of regular trains....meaning we have to pass the tourist train every 30 minutes. THAT could get interesting.

I concur on the night shoot. Only a couple of friends opted for that. I don’t personally think that any night shoot is worth that kind of money, only because the time is limited, the weather is a huge question, and even with 35 people, contention for the “sweet spot” would always be an issue. With that kind of entry price, expectations on the part of the patrons would be high. Again, it is worth noting that the price was set by the railroad and the VMT.
Agreed. I went to the shoot last year that was a benefit for the barn that burned down. That was smaller though. 75 on the evening photo shoots. That's a pretty large amount of people.

Really the only reason I signed up was I'm headed home from NY to VA from reserve duty and it is semi on the way. $200 is reasonable. I'd almost say a night shoot should be included at that price, but with that many people... no thanks.

I might head out Sunday evening/ Monday morning and camp out at that field down the way and take some "non charter" photos.
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I guess I am interested with what they come up with, and weather cooperated.
Never know what will strike me but this caught my eye or several reasons.

1) I like the layers, colors and size perspective
2) there is the Amish photo thing, not sure if that is the still the case, but no faces. Anyway all kinds of photos at rail locations.
3) click bait is the reddish golden in a classic look(not the red head girl?). I can remember mine sitting like that looking at me, bet someone is saying, stay, stay. I read online comments they are just like the bigger lighter version, not what I found. Some things mine liked, rolling in dead animals, chasing and pinning smaller dogs, overall aggressive, eating a full loaf of Cinnamon Bread left under seat of car without ripping bag etc etc but still......


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Rain was pretty bad at times for my shoot. They actually let me switch to Sunday because Monday looked even worse and I really needed to get home to my pregnant wife. Despite the overcast, I feel it works better than pure blue skies. The blue skies tend not to mix well with 611 and causes funky reflections. Either way, I made some lemonade with lemons. This was one of my better efforts.

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Rain was pretty bad at times for my shoot. They actually let me switch to Sunday because Monday looked even worse and I really needed to get home to my pregnant wife. Despite the overcast, I feel it works better than pure blue skies. The blue skies tend not to mix well with 611 and causes funky reflections. Either way, I made some lemonade with lemons. This was one of my better efforts.

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Hi Sean,

I'm curious as to where you shot that. I was there Sunday too, and they didn't doublehead until late in the afternoon, virtually all of which was that uphill stretch from the Cherry Hill crossing through Cherry Crest Farm.

I think several people shot pans, which allowed them to keep the ISO reasonable. I think I started out at 2000 ISO and was probably at 5000 for the last run-by.

Obviously, Saturday was the better weather day, and I think I took 1,500 frames. But Sunday was OK. Early in the day when things were brighter, we got some decent stuff. I wish they could have given us a bit more dark smoke, as white smoke and milky gray skies aren't the best combination. Unfortunately, they have to limit the number of run-bys that feature the burning of Rome, because they fill the firebox up and strangle their fire.

I have a pretty good rain cover for my camera, but it sort of limits me to a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens or 70-200mm f/2.8, which do not telescope when they zoom. Both also have a great, big lens hood on them which grips the front of the rain cover nicely. The only problem is that it is hard to change lenses with that thing installed, so I typically go with the 24-70 and have limited reach. I find that shooting a 70-200 in the rain is not optimal, because I end up shooting through a deep curtain of water.

All in all, I think Pete Lerro did an awesome job dealing with all of the constraints we faced this weekend, including the heavy schedule of regular trains on Saturday. He got us as many shots as humanly possible with the resources and weather that we had. Folks who attended the night session also showed me some really nice stuff, so it was apparently also a success. Unfortunately, Pete looked wicked tired when I left him Sunday night....and he still had one more day to go. I hope he finally got some sleep last night. I think most folks don't appreciate the amount of work that goes into putting these deals on. Pete and his crew....Mitch, Andy, Chris and some others....all do a great job setting these things up, coordinating with the railroad, keeping everyone happy and keeping us all safe at the same time. Just converting 475 into 382....and back, is a PITA chore that they have to do while we're all asleep. I love 475 as 382. Wish they could leave her that way!
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Glad everyone that went seemed to enjoy the events. Perhaps these types of ventures will help to assure some more running time for the large engines.

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From what has been posted on RP and considering the weather, some really nice stuff. Since I could be there, I watched a lot on Friday & Saturday on Strasburg's Live Virtual cams, granted only getting to see from the tower and at Leamans was limited but it was still fun to watch.Trains did a live feed on FB which was nice as well. I've never been to a photo shoot so it gave me a small glimpse of what goes on. The Strasburg cams also have audio , so I got to hear "stuff"as well. Nothing like being there I am sure, but one day maybe....
just a few more weeks at Strasburg then shes off to Spencer. Maybe NS can conjure up 8103 for the escort this time Sorry, just had to beat that dead horse one more time..........
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So its interesting... I'm loving the morning shots that people managed to snag. That photo of the week is gorgeous. However, I am starting to like the fact that I didn't have clear blue skies... For some reason the grey compliments 611 much more. The blue seems to be overpowering. Maybe I'm just being preferential, but I'm happy how things worked out. Aside the occasional soaking.
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