Old 06-11-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
Joe the Photog
Senior Member
 
Joe the Photog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 7,899
Default A Suggestion For AB(2)

Since folks are commenting on this shot

Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
PhotoID: 238798
Photograph © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)


that someone should have been seated inside the car, may I make a proposal?

Image © Luke Sharrett
PhotoID: 238744
Photograph © Luke Sharrett


Yes, Amtrak Girl. She's obviously photogenic and very nice to look at. And she might be looking to expand her portfolio to include moret han just candid work shots.



Seriously, I don't know whether you should be commended or not for leaving the critical comment up. Least that dude could have done was to sign his name. But this is one shot I think really defies RP standards in the actual, technical definition of the word.

Great shot!


Joe
__________________
Joe the Photog Dot Com
Joe the Photog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 07:40 PM   #2
John Ryan
Senior Member
 
John Ryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 497
Send a message via AIM to John Ryan
Default

I guess Amtrak Blonde would be better than old ladies in hats. But who am I to say?
John Ryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe the Photog
Since folks are commenting on this shot

Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
PhotoID: 238798
Photograph © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)


that someone should have been seated inside the car, may I make a proposal?

Image © Luke Sharrett
PhotoID: 238744
Photograph © Luke Sharrett


Yes, Amtrak Girl. She's obviously photogenic and very nice to look at. And she might be looking to expand her portfolio to include moret han just candid work shots.



Seriously, I don't know whether you should be commended or not for leaving the critical comment up. Least that dude could have done was to sign his name. But this is one shot I think really defies RP standards in the actual, technical definition of the word.

Great shot!


Joe
Thanks for the kind words and the PC vote, Joe!

If I could arrange that to happen I would pay good money, very, very good money! I talked to Chris Starnes about the comment and decided to leave it there since everyone is entitled to their opinions. Obviously, I'm not blind and realize the flaws in the photo but why would they stop me prevent me from uploading a shot that I would bet no one else has ever gotten and will not get the chance to 'out-do' in some time. I wish he/she had left their name not to get scolded but so I could explain my reasoning and rationale behind taking it and uploading it as is. I have my theories to who(whom?) it is but those I figure it will remain a mystery.

The lack of actors/actresses was obviously beyond my control and Mitch didn't happen to be in his 1950s apparel so that was ruled as an option.

-AB

P.S. Amtrak Girl if you read this please contact me and I will ask Steve Sandberg personally if we can arrange a shoot.
__________________
-Andrew Blaszczyk a.k.a. AB(2)
Proud fan of the Sabres, Islanders, Rockies, and Lions.

"My camera is an artistic medium, not a tool of terrorism."

www.ab2photography.com Coming soon!
My photos on RailPictures:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=960

Last edited by Andrew Blaszczyk (2); 06-11-2008 at 07:45 PM.
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
KevinM
Senior Member
 
KevinM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 2,010
Default

I wonder if "Amtrak Girl" has any idea what a celebrity she's become?
__________________
/Kevin

My RP stuff is here.

Link to my Flickr Albums. Lots of Steam Railroad stuff there from all over the US.
KevinM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinM
I wonder if "Amtrak Girl" has any idea what a celebrity she's become?
I'm sure a co-worker has brought it to her attention which is why my P.S. was actually a serious statement/offer.
__________________
-Andrew Blaszczyk a.k.a. AB(2)
Proud fan of the Sabres, Islanders, Rockies, and Lions.

"My camera is an artistic medium, not a tool of terrorism."

www.ab2photography.com Coming soon!
My photos on RailPictures:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=960
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 11:33 PM   #6
Mike B.
Banned
 
Mike B.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,343
Default

It wasn't me this time!
Mike B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 11:59 PM   #7
JimThias
Senior Member
 
JimThias's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 9,800
Default

I love how so many people are foaming over this average looking woman sitting on an engine.

Anyway...Andrew, I think your shot is perfect, even though there aren't any people in the seats. Flaws? Yeah, you could go on forever finding flaws in this shot and every shot, but the uniqueness of this shot far outweighs any (minor) flaws. Saying this shot has flaws is just nickle & diming the image. Could someone make this scene any "better?" That's only a matter of opinion. Put 10 photographers lined up in a row, and you'd get 10 different angles, but you could still pick out flaws in every shot. But...WHO CARES? It's a unique photo, one very similar to a picture you'd see from many moons ago (most likely in b&w, though). Have you done an edit of this image in b&w? I think it would look great.

Your shot is what it is...an unique shot that no one else has. Pick it apart or love it, it's not going to change the fact that it's a shot that I'm sure countless people would love to have in their collection.
JimThias is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:29 AM   #8
Greg P
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Baltimore MD
Posts: 1,003
Send a message via AIM to Greg P
Default

I posted a comment that the picture makes me wonder what her job is? She's not in a uniform but she's clean. So prob ally not a mechanic or sales agent.
Greg P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:32 AM   #9
Kelly Lynch
Member
 
Kelly Lynch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 30
Default Beggars can't be choosers...

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimThias
I love how so many people are foaming over this average looking woman sitting on an engine.
With all due respect, I see a lovely lady in both photos.

Albeit, one is much older than the other...
Kelly Lynch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:32 AM   #10
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimThias
I love how so many people are foaming over this average looking woman sitting on an engine.

Anyway...Andrew, I think your shot is perfect, even though there aren't any people in the seats. Flaws? Yeah, you could go on forever finding flaws in this shot and every shot, but the uniqueness of this shot far outweighs any (minor) flaws. Saying this shot has flaws is just nickle & diming the image. Could someone make this scene any "better?" That's only a matter of opinion. Put 10 photographers lined up in a row, and you'd get 10 different angles, but you could still pick out flaws in every shot. But...WHO CARES? It's a unique photo, one very similar to a picture you'd see from many moons ago (most likely in b&w, though). Have you done an edit of this image in b&w? I think it would look great.

Your shot is what it is...an unique shot that no one else has. Pick it apart or love it, it's not going to change the fact that it's a shot that I'm sure countless people would love to have in their collection.
Thanks, Jim. I didn't mean to put down my own image in fact its my favorite from the charter by far and one of my favorites ever because of the rarity and opportunity and feeling. There was nothing like being in that car as the 261 punded past which is why I opted for the side-window shot rather than doing the same out-the-back shot the other patrons were doing of the staged scene. The ground shoot, the noise was incredible and I would love to go back and watch and really take it next time. I wanted to share the picture which I'm glad the screener finally took after many hours on the queue because not many people will ever get the chance to be in the Cedar Rapids let alone watch a steam engine roll past.

I did try it in B&W but I guess one would have to study the final product to see the intricate detail in the seat and the amazing woodwork in the dome area that you can only get in color. For those who don't feel like converting I have attached the B&W.

I really do owe Mitch a huge thank you for letting me borrow his wide angle. It was just one of the situation where things fell into place just right and I got an image that made the trip worthwhile (not to mention the 2000+ others).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	261BW.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	345.7 KB
ID:	2915  
__________________
-Andrew Blaszczyk a.k.a. AB(2)
Proud fan of the Sabres, Islanders, Rockies, and Lions.

"My camera is an artistic medium, not a tool of terrorism."

www.ab2photography.com Coming soon!
My photos on RailPictures:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=960

Last edited by Andrew Blaszczyk (2); 06-12-2008 at 12:36 AM.
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:35 AM   #11
Greg P
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Baltimore MD
Posts: 1,003
Send a message via AIM to Greg P
Default

And to think I applied for a job with Amtrak in Washington DC as a Conductor. Maybe Amtrak girl can fix my train.
Greg P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:37 AM   #12
JimThias
Senior Member
 
JimThias's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 9,800
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kelly Lynch
With all due respect, I see a lovely lady in both photos.
I guess I just have higher standards.



Andrew, the more I think about the "people" comments on your shot, if you HAD had people there, you'd still get complaints that they weren't dressed in period clothes.
JimThias is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:37 AM   #13
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Default

Hmm, Jim you may be on to something. The glare is less noticeable in the B&W but I'm still in love with the woodwork in the color.

Quote:
Andrew, the more I think about the "people" comments on your shot, if you HAD had people there, you'd still get complaints that they weren't dressed in period clothes. [/
I wouldn't have let anyone in the shot without looking like they belong. That would have 'ruined' the image more than the other minor issues (not flaws). It'd be a lot of PS hours to get them out of there.
__________________
-Andrew Blaszczyk a.k.a. AB(2)
Proud fan of the Sabres, Islanders, Rockies, and Lions.

"My camera is an artistic medium, not a tool of terrorism."

www.ab2photography.com Coming soon!
My photos on RailPictures:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=960
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 01:58 AM   #14
WKUrailfan
Senior Member
 
WKUrailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 230
Default

That picture is so badass!
WKUrailfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 02:24 AM   #15
Railfan Ohio
Senior Member
 
Railfan Ohio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Fredericktown, Ohio
Posts: 334
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimThias
I love how so many people are foaming over this average looking woman sitting on an engine.
Well Jim, everyone looks average compared to your avatar. I can't even look directly at her!
__________________
Andy Toms

B&O: the First, the Best
Pennsy: the Standard, but still #2

My pix:http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=11344
Railfan Ohio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 02:27 AM   #16
JimThias
Senior Member
 
JimThias's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 9,800
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Railfan Ohio
Well Jim, everyone looks average compared to your avatar. I can't even look directly at her!

psst....she's a model now
JimThias is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 02:35 AM   #17
milwman
I shoot what I like
 
milwman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Cedar Fall's, Iowa
Posts: 2,474
Send a message via Yahoo to milwman
Default

There is no flaw in it, Thats how it was, I do think a polarizer would have gave it the pro look. Nice shot worth the time spent.
__________________
Richard Scott Marsh I go by Scott long story

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22299476@N05/
milwman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 02:54 AM   #18
John Fladung
JohnFladung.net
 
John Fladung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 785
Default

Seeing all the comments leads me to ask, do you guys get out much?

Seriously though, I doubt she's even the engineer. Anyone see the guy in the engineer seat in the shadows? She's probably someone that works on ground.
John Fladung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 03:38 AM   #19
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by John Fladung
Seeing all the comments leads me to ask, do you guys get out much?

Seriously though, I doubt she's even the engineer. Anyone see the guy in the engineer seat in the shadows? She's probably someone that works on ground.
I only see one comment that clearly states "operates the train" all the others simply said 'railroader' without an official job title. I had to actually research how Amtrak SW1000s are setup to determine whether the man in the window was the engineer or the conductor. If you read the remarks you can tell the engine is moving therefore she would not be the engineer or conductor but someone who does work on the ground.
__________________
-Andrew Blaszczyk a.k.a. AB(2)
Proud fan of the Sabres, Islanders, Rockies, and Lions.

"My camera is an artistic medium, not a tool of terrorism."

www.ab2photography.com Coming soon!
My photos on RailPictures:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=960
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 03:50 AM   #20
bigbassloyd
Senior Member
 
bigbassloyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hilldale, West Virginia
Posts: 3,740
Default

There's two guys in the cab, so I'm betting she's a conductor trainee?

Loyd L.
__________________
Social Media elevates the absurd and mediocre to a point where they aren't anymore, and that is a tragedy.

My personal photography site
bigbassloyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:17 AM   #21
Mgoldman
Senior Member
 
Mgoldman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,641
Default

Here ya go -

Mgoldman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 11:12 AM   #22
Wizzo
Senior Member
 
Wizzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 545
Default

ROTFL - thats made me laugh on a stressful morning at work
__________________
STEVE

Press here to see my pics on railpictures.net

More pics here D1059 on Flickr
Wizzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 11:27 AM   #23
sd9
Senior Member
 
sd9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 799
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by John Fladung
Seeing all the comments leads me to ask, do you guys get out much?
Ya, Everyone was so intent at looking at Amtrak girl they didn't notice that the photo should have been rejected, for:
"uninteresting angles on roster shots, and images in which the train is going away from the viewer."
and
Poor lighting (Backlit): The image is backlit or doesn't feature enough nose light on the subject
sd9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:27 PM   #24
KevinM
Senior Member
 
KevinM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 2,010
Thumbs up



Nice one Mitch!
__________________
/Kevin

My RP stuff is here.

Link to my Flickr Albums. Lots of Steam Railroad stuff there from all over the US.
KevinM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 12:55 PM   #25
Switched out
Senior Member
 
Switched out's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 395
Default

Good one Mitch, it's going to take a lot top that one.
Switched out is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.