Old 06-15-2012, 07:22 AM   #26
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #27
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Take a good hard look at all the images in this photostream, and then don't do anything like it.

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Well that just shows how much of a coward he is by not letting people comment on his photos.
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Well that just shows how much of a coward he is by not letting people comment on his photos.
If you throw stones, you kind of have to live in a cinderblock house (or cinderblock basement).
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One piece of advice? Always strive to take better photos.

A big part of that is looking at what others have shot and listening to criticism.
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I ask myself that same question alot. Theres still enough interesting things out there but you have to travel further and further, and the future looks pretty boring with standardized locomotive fleets and infrastructure (signals), all the shortlines taken over by the orange borg, not to mention always having to worry about whether your going to get bothered by the police.
I wouldn't discourage anyone but can't say I'd recommend the hobby to anyone either.
You said it in a much nicer, less depressing way than I could have. Not only do I see what the future will do to the hobby, but I also see the future from the inside as a TY&E employee...

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You said it in a much nicer, less depressing way than I could have. Not only do I see what the future will do to the hobby, but I also see the future from the inside as a TY&E employee...

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I don't necessarily disagree with you guys, but what interests us and excites us will be different than what the next generation finds interesting.

I have said it here before and will say it again, one of my earliest railfanning memories was seeing my first ever Erie Lackawanna E8 in 1971 and hearing my dad say, "boring diesel... this garbage is why I don't railfan anymore."
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I know that story as well, Freericks. The same people who stopped shooting when certain railroads dissapeared.

The only thing different about this time around, is that it seems railroading is coming back to the 1950's era of GP7/9's and F3/7's again. The variety is going away, the paintschemes are going away, and worse yet, we dont have nearly the character in the lineside structures. Plus, I flat out just dont like the looks of GEVO's and ACe's. Or Dash 9's and AC44's for that matter. Its all personal opinion, I know, but I doubt heavily that todays equipment will ever be as revered and cherished like the ones that came before.

I am also a pessimist

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I probably won't remember much about the equipment, but I will remember certain moments trackside. Like the whooosh of an empty auto rack train through the snow in a remote spot, a few years ago. A boring unit train, no less! A gently glowing aluminum signal bridge in diffuse light, just installed a few years ago. The hobby will change, but I expect to find it to continue to delight.
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I love trains, but there are more things to photograph than that.
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Like women with no clothes on.

And flowers of course.

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Like women with no clothes on.

An flowers of course.
Aren't those the same things?
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Aren't those the same things?
Only where the term "de-flowering" is concerned.
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Like women with no clothes on.

And flowers of course.
Don't forget little plastic dudes.

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I know that story as well, Freericks. The same people who stopped shooting when certain railroads dissapeared.

The only thing different about this time around, is that it seems railroading is coming back to the 1950's era of GP7/9's and F3/7's again. The variety is going away, the paintschemes are going away, and worse yet, we dont have nearly the character in the lineside structures. Plus, I flat out just dont like the looks of GEVO's and ACe's. Or Dash 9's and AC44's for that matter. Its all personal opinion, I know, but I doubt heavily that todays equipment will ever be as revered and cherished like the ones that came before.

I am also a pessimist

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I agree completely. Bring back the SD40-2's and other older power and un merge the BN and ATSF.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:24 PM   #43
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It all sucks now, everything turns to shit, what ever shall we do?

The drama of railroading still exists no matter what is pulling the trains or what kind of device is giving that train permission to move.
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For some I'm sure it does, Brent. I just cant jive with that, and I know many people are the same way. Are we wrong? Maybe. But maybe not. Its like pizza, everyone seems to like pizza but when you bring up a specific joint or chain they say "no way, that place sucks". We all like trains, but the kind of train or locomotive is more important to some than just the idea of "train", just like someone who only eats cheese pizza. They probably wont be too interested in ordering meat lovers.

Its about enjoyment, right? Well if I dont enjoy widecab power than it doesn't behoove me to go out and shoot it. And if you just enjoy sitting trackside than that is just as good.

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Don't worry about getting the best pro camera equipment you can buy, when first starting out. Good pics in broad daylight can be taken with the cheapest DSLR's and kit lenses.. If you know what your doing..

Worry about learning, and getting good(or in my case mediocre) at photography. Then you can blow money on pro gear, like I did.

Oh yeah, shoot in RAW.

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