Old 08-12-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default Horrible Day at the Tracks (8-10)

Ever have one of those days when it all goes to hell?

I got up at 6:50, drove down to St. Denis and got a perfectly lit morning train. Go to take a picture, the lens is fogged up. Strike 1.

No other trains come by with good light (both would have been backlit)

I go up to Bailey's Wye, super late MARC train is on track 1 and I can't get a decent shot because of the signal bridge.

Nothing else good comesm ATCS shows a block is occupied near Winans so I go down there. Two perfectly beautiful tied down coal trains, half back lite Strike 2

So I go to the doctor for a physical, get an order for blood work (strike 2 1/2) and go to lunch.

Then I decide to go to Brunswick.

5 trains in an hour, all going in the correct lighting direction...except it's cloudy. And a beautifully set up picture of three engines and a crossing sign with a skull and cross bones. I finally get a good one, but i had to cross the tracks so I'm stuck waiting for a large, slow moving coal train to cross in 100 degree weather needing a bathroom. STRIKE 3.

I cut my losses, get some Roy Rogers and head home.

Def one of those days. I noticed the light now is very harsh. I was looking at TPE and there only seem to be like 2-3 hours a day when it's good.

I can't wait for the fall
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I feel for you! I also very much look forward to fall.
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If it was easy, it wouldn't be fun.

Some days just go the wrong way... but that makes the ones that turn out well, all the sweeter.

As to lens fog, when in humid areas (or on humid days), I'll carry a point and shoot around with me as a back up in case the sudden change from air conditioned car to 95 degrees and 95% hummidity decides it wants to make my DSLR lens opaque. I have not seen it happen on the PNS.
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Then I decide to go to Brunswick.

5 trains in an hour, all going in the correct lighting direction...except it's cloudy. And a beautifully set up picture of three engines and a crossing sign with a skull and cross bones.
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I cut my losses, get some Roy Rogers and head home.
In my book you increased your losses, but tastes differ.
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I finally get a good one, but i had to cross the tracks so I'm stuck waiting for a large, slow moving coal train to cross in 100 degree weather needing a bathroom. STRIKE 3.
What, no trees around?
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I think we all have disaster stories.

One day I drive out. Pick my location. Here comes the train. Everything is perfect.

I hit the button. Nothing. Hit it again. Nothing. Quickly check all of the settings. Hit it. Nothing. The train passes me.

I guess leaving the battery at home on the charger prevents the camera with no battery from operating correctly.
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I've done that, but fortunately wasn't far from home.
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That sucks.... I've had my share of bad times aswell, like while chasing a carnival train leaving town, race from one end of town to the other thinking you have plenty of time, just pull up at your location and have the train go screaming by in notch 8 while you just sit and watch. Quite frustrating....
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That sucks.... I've had my share of bad times aswell, like while chasing a carnival train leaving town, race from one end of town to the other thinking you have plenty of time, just pull up at your location and have the train go screaming by in notch 8 while you just sit and watch. Quite frustrating....
OH I KNOW THAT FEELING. Even when it's a regular CSX coal train, I often find myself wondering "Did I just miss the only train of the afternoon?"

ATCS helps a lot.
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At least you saw some trains!

That qualifies for a great day for me, and not because any train is a great train, but I've spent quite a bit of time simply watching rust form on rails.

Consequently, when I get the urge to shoot something other then steam, I prefer to photograph and chase from home - cheaper and saves a lot of time:

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Try it out - highly recommended!

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What if you're 400 lbs, and she's a negative four on the 1-10 scale?

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I just had an entire vacation in AZ and NM like that. Rain every day (13 days in a row). Got a few decent pics here and there, and caught lucky breaks on the APA and CBR with at least some sun, but all in all, not the best.
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Ever took an hour long exposure, wait another hour for the noise reduction to finish, and discover it was out of focus?

That's my bad day (night)

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That is called a match made in heaven... just add booze and watch the blubber and ugly fly.
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I just had an entire vacation in AZ and NM like that. Rain every day (13 days in a row). Got a few decent pics here and there, and caught lucky breaks on the APA and CBR with at least some sun, but all in all, not the best.
That sounds very enjoyable to me. I went last year looking for rain and only got sun. That blew.
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