Old 11-09-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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This is shot through a 10 foot high chain link fence....with barbed wire on top! My little takumar 50MM lens fits right through the links.

B&W film, scanned by lab. Only processing done was a minor crop and attempt to recover overexposed sky.

The photo is not up to generally accepted RP principles (GARPP), but it would be the only photo that shows the side of the loco in the database. Here's the only other one:

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:25 PM   #2
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Is there a reason you cant go there and shoot when the sun is shining on the side of the locomotive facing you? For RP purposes, that will kill it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:28 PM   #3
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Of course the only visible side is the north side. So I'd have to fly back to Birmingham in the summer. Likely not going to happen.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
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Whoever goes there next time should shoot in overcast. The sort of light that is good for outdoor portraiture, albeit that sort of photography almost always keeps the sky out of the frame, a lot easier for a head/shoulders shot than a locomotive shot.

At any rate, it looks like you have very little detail in the shadows, essentially one cannot see the running gear. This looks like a no go. Someone else will eventually get it right.

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:41 PM   #5
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For sure I can bring out some detail in the running gear, but then it may start to look unnatural.

Anyway, if you're ever in Birmingham, check it out. It's a great place to watch trains. I only had a couple hours and didn't have a clue where to go though.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Night shot, painted with a spotlight, might work - assuming it's safe and legal to be there at night.

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I have an old Frisco company newspaper (1952) that has a picture of this engine on the front page. Apparently it was the last steam locomotive to operate on the Frisco. It is a very historic artifact indeed. Hopefully someone will get a great shot of it.

If you get back there again (or if anyone else goes for that matter), bring a stepladder. Maybe you could get some elevation over the fence on the sunny side of the locomotive.
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I didnt realize this was not a local resource...
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Bring a gun if you plan on going at night.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:14 AM   #10
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I know getting light on the north side would be hard, but if you shot it in the morning you would atleast have noselight which might be enough. I've done the nose on shot before but not much else, too much freight action there to ever have taken the time to go inside Sloss, I need to one day.

And by Birmingham standards 32nd isnt that bad, try the area around East Thomas if you want some real fun...
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