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Got this one back on June 24th. It was a lucky shot due to the fact that I was going the opposite direction on the Interstate at like 55 MPH. I know that the side angle is probably bad, and that the nose of the lead unit is probably a bit too dark for RP. But on the other hand, there's neat desert hills in the background, plus the SP unit and NLR repaint. This is after leveling. What do you think of this one? I'm not sure, though I'm kinda leaning towards "personal collection".
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:48 AM   #2
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The link dosent work.
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The link dosent work.
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Think I know where you shot that. A wider view can be had from the road that parallels I-84.
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I think it falls into the close but no banana category. If you had a bit more train and if it were sharper I think it could be a nice image. I like the hills. But as is it just doesn't do much for me.
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Right now, The Top of 24 shot is a Norfolk Southern common power wedgie in a generic (could be anywhere) location. So by all means let this one in (after sharpening).
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Right now, The Top of 24 shot is a Norfolk Southern common power wedgie in a generic (could be anywhere) location.
Kinda shows the screeners know their audience. I think we are in a minority.
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Right now, The Top of 24 shot is a Norfolk Southern common power wedgie in a generic (could be anywhere) location. So by all means let this one in (after sharpening).
I think the backstory on that one is what made it To24 (probably a fair bit of linking too) but atleast its a properly composed wedgie. This one is awkwardly cut off in too many places, mountains cut off, train is cut off with just a sliver of the autorack showing. The power here is far more generic too.
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I think the backstory on that one is what made it To24
Then my shot of an NHV train that derailed on ice seconds later should do very well!
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I think the backstory on that one is what made it To24 (probably a fair bit of linking too) but atleast its a properly composed wedgie. This one is awkwardly cut off in too many places, mountains cut off, train is cut off with just a sliver of the autorack showing. The power here is far more generic too.
Oddly enough, it isn't even an auto rack, but a boxcar. More of the boxcar showed in the original photo, but after leveling that's all that's left.
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Right now, The Top of 24 shot is a Norfolk Southern common power wedgie in a generic (could be anywhere) location. So by all means let this one in (after sharpening).
If this is the shot I'm thinking, that train hit a truck and derailed about half a mile after the photo was taken. Had the photographer been one crossing north, he would be owning Top 24 for the next month by selectively submitted views of the whole sequence...

Thankfully, everyone was OK from the wreck.

Suffice to say, if that was indeed the photo in question, I suspect some fan interest website "promotion" occurred, making the photo of much greater interest than it would be otherwise. "Here's 164 just a minute before he plowed a truck and made a big ol' mess!"
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I think it falls into the close but no banana category. If you had a bit more train and if it were sharper I think it could be a nice image. I like the hills. But as is it just doesn't do much for me.


Agree with above, and will add something else that would help. Looking at the shadows tells me the direction of the light you had to work with (first thing I looked for.) This shot would have been helped if you used a polarizing filter. If you aren't familiar with them, they are amazing! They filter out glare which really gives you more vibrant colors. Another thought is the shot just isn't all that sharp, and a tripod would have cured that. Also do agree that you had a bad case of "engine-itis" here--too much concentration on the engines. The real photo here would have been of a train rolling through a really nice side lit landscape. I would have shot this with a lens that was about 1/4 as long as the one you used. (And, with a polarizer.) One other thing I'll add--if you aren't using a lens hood, you should be. That helps to eliminate veiling flare and give your shots noticeably more contrast and saturation.

Example of what a polarizer can do:
(Note the blue sky, well defined clouds, intense green foliage)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/968260...posted-public/


To sum up, your instincts were right--a scenic shot of a train going through an interesting landscape, but you then succombed to the dreaded "engine-itis" and made it just another ho-hum shot about engines. Look at the big picture, learn to tell a story. A close of up engines? Boring. Do that anywhere.



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Example of what a polarizer can do:
(Note the blue sky, well defined clouds, intense green foliage)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/968260...posted-public/
Nice scene, but I'd want those clouds to be whiter.
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