Old 06-11-2010, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default Strategies for 4 track railroads.

This isn't in regard to any particular rejection or anything, I was just looking at some pictures I've taken in Pennsylvania on the Main Line.

Anyone have any good strategies for 4 track railroads to cut down on the amount of dead space in the foreground. I've had trouble dealing with the catanry poles as well.

One day I was able to find some old cross ties that had rolled away from the ROW so I stood on those and it appeared some height helped.

Any other good tips?
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Standing inbetween tracks 2 and 3 usually works, sometimes things can get crowded though.
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Standing inbetween tracks 2 and 3 usually works, sometimes things can get crowded though.
And we have a winner - WORST ADVICE EVER!


(Troy, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you haven't spent time on the Northeast Corridor or Main Line in Pennsylvania and are really unaware of the traffic volume, but still...)

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Standing inbetween tracks 2 and 3 usually works, sometimes things can get crowded though.
I LOL'ed at this. I, of course, assumed this to be a joke.
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I, of course, assumed this to be a joke.
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You must be watching Leno and are confused. See, jokes are normally meant to be funny.
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I am so ashamed... you got me good.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:36 AM   #8
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Shooting off bridges helps, as does having a train on almost every track
I do alot of my shooting on 4 track railroad, so im entitled to photo whore.
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Nearly all my Amtrak Corridor photos are either from above or wide angle up close. Those poles are tricky to work with, let alone the catenary.

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I agree with Nikos, try to get a train on every track and shoot from a bridge.. But what do you do when you have 6 tracks? Hopefully you catch a busy moment and have most of the tracks full. .

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What were you on in that picture to get up that high?
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What were you on in that picture to get up that high?
He was feeding Godzilla.
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He was feeding Godzilla.
Doubtful... no heat distortion.

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Doubtful... no heat distortion.

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Godzilla breathes cool. If you wanted heat distortion, you could shoot it from Al Gore's head.
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On a serious note, visit Pittsburgh and you'll find nearly 100 of what he was standing on, just in town alone. Visit the NS Pittsburgh Line and you'll find one nearly every mile, I'll give you a hint. It's spelled B-R-I-D-G-E.

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Actually, its the big blue one right above the yellow one. It's pretty high. The Westinghouse Bridge is quite a bridge too. Very high. Not all tracks are together though, but there is 4.

3 on the NS side comprising of the Port Perry Branch and the NS Pittsburgh Line
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Or go trackside (NOT BETWEEN THE TRACKS!!!!) and get creative!
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Outside of curves would work well for you along with a longer lens.
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If you're shooting the Corridor, bridges don't always work. Most of the bridges have high walls (think 8ish feet) to keep people and vehicles from interfering with the catenary. So bridges are not the panacea of four track railroads.

I haven't found it that hard to shoot 4-track railroads. Just find a good local rail station (i.e. NJT, SEPTA, etc.) and you should be fine. Look for creative angles, and don't forget to be safe and be mindful of passengers using the station for what it's intended for (i.e. boarding trains).
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Then again... who says you have to shoot 'down' the tracks?

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If you're shooting the Corridor, bridges don't always work. Most of the bridges have high walls (think 8ish feet) to keep people and vehicles from interfering with the catenary. So bridges are not the panacea of four track railroads.
Agreed. Bridges may work elsewhere, but not for the electrified lines in the Northeast. Also, with the length of the trains and the rate of speed that they are traveling, it's not that easy to get a shot with trains on all tracks. Mike's advice about going to a station and looking for unique angles is the best advice. Instead of settling for wedgies from the end of the platform, shoot the people on the platform, railroad structures and signals, detail shots, blur shots or practice your zoom pans.

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I haven't found it that hard to shoot 4-track railroads.
Agreed: I just find a hillside a few miles away from my subject and yank out my longest glass.
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Also, with the length of the trains and the rate of speed that they are traveling, it's not that easy to get a shot with trains on all tracks
Its almost impossible to get a shot of trains on all tracks. I did manage to get this one of three trains passing:

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Sometimes you can get lucky:

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