Old 02-12-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question Why Do People Look?

I am always intrigued by what subject matter is popular on this Site.

Sure, old stuff and wrecks are always popular, as are good steam images but I really wonder why an image such as this one seems to perk people's interest.

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Aren't there enough sunny day wedgie shots from Hill 582 in the DB?

Not to say that people shouldn't take them, but why did people look at this photo over others?

The view is not unique and other than the KCS unit, the train is rather common.


Why, was the above shot so well viewed while one like this is relatively ignored.

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and this - survey says "boring!"

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Which is ok, because I took it only for the waypoint sign, rather than the train.


I personally like these two:

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Which have done so, so view wise.


But really, my favorite train picture that I took in the last few months would be this one.



Dawn over the Mother Road by El Roco Photography, on Flickr

Curious.

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Because the first one is well composed and relatively interesting while the rest are mediocre telephoto shots of orange widecabs (and one confusing broadside of a GEVO with some dirt in the foreground)
I do like this one, but 500 views seems about right for what it is, another BNSF GEVO shot.
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I don't see how its a surprise the first has more views...two of the others should never have gotten on in the first place.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:28 PM   #3
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Uhhh, yeah... What Nikos said. The first one is mildly interesting, the others are just boring.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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I'll agree as well. The first one invites you to click it. 'What's the shadowy objects in the foreground?', 'Those background mountains look interesting', etc.

The rest are just standard shots that everyone has, regardless of engine color. And since we all have those type of shots, there's no reason to look at yours.

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Old 02-13-2014, 12:32 AM   #5
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A Beat Up Kansas City Belle - An eastbound stack train with a beat up Kansas City Southern (KCS) unit in tow passes Hill 582 in the Cajon Pass.
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What was "beat up" about the KCS unit? The UP units look more worse for wear than the KCS.
You gonna answer his question?
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:03 AM   #6
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You gonna answer his question?
No.

If you look at a side view, the thing is thrashed.

Really, it is more of an opinion than a question that seeks an answer.


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I'll agree as well. The first one invites you to click it. 'What's the shadowy objects in the foreground?',
I suppose, so it's a WTF click pic.



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Those background mountains look interesting', etc.
Yes, more evidence of drought

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Old 02-13-2014, 03:30 AM   #7
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Looking at your shot, it looks like a completely normal KCS belle to me. Dunno what your definition of "thrashed" is, but that doesn't appear to fit.
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......Dunno what your definition of "thrashed" is, but that doesn't appear to fit.

Ya, you're right, how silly of me for naming the photo what I did or for having an opinion on what constitutes "thrashed."

Because hey, you were there right - standing next to me when I photographed that unit?

And of course I am being facetious about you being there, because I know you have already looked up the engine number (which you determined by calling the physic friends hotline and conversing at length with Charlene from Des Moines) and meticulously studied other recent photos of that unit from around the United States in order to determine that my characterizing the belle as "thrashed" was unfounded.

Perhaps in the future I should run all my photos and the proposed titles and captions by you for your approval as to whether they are appropriate, and/or accurate.

Then again, I could just reply....

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Ya, your'e right, how silly of me for naming the photo what I did or for having an opinion on what constitutes "thrashed."

Because hey, you were there right - standing next to me when I photographed that unit?

And of course I am being facetious about you being there, because I know you have already looked up the engine number (which you determined by calling the physic friends hotline and conversing at length with Charlene from Des Moines) and meticulously studied other recent photos of that unit from around the United States in order to determine that my characterizing the belle as "thrashed" was unfounded.

Perhaps in the future I should run all my photos and the proposed titles and captions by you for your approval as to whether they are appropriate, and/or accurate.

Then again, I could just reply....

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Ya, your'e right, how silly of me for naming the photo what I did or for having an opinion on what constitutes "thrashed."

Because hey, you were there right - standing next to me when I photographed that unit?

And of course I am being facetious about you being there, because I know you have already looked up the engine number (which you determined by calling the physic friends hotline and conversing at length with Charlene from Des Moines) and meticulously studied other recent photos of that unit from around the United States in order to determine that my characterizing the belle as "thrashed" was unfounded.

Perhaps in the future I should run all my photos and the proposed titles and captions by you for your approval as to whether they are appropriate, and/or accurate.

Then again, I could just reply....

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Simply giving us your opinion of why you thought it looked "beat up" or "thrashed" would have sufficed. Your opinion was obviously important since you mentioned "beat up" twice and even put it in bold letters to draw the viewer in. So what's wrong with someone inquiring about your opinion?

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Simply giving us your opinion of why you thought it looked "beat up" or "thrashed" would have sufficed. Your opinion was obviously important since you mentioned "beat up" twice and even put it in bold letters to draw the viewer in. So what's wrong with someone inquiring about your opinion?
Keep in mind you are asking this of someone who thought the original collection of shots he presented was an interesting example of the question he posed. I don't think you are going to get a well thought out response.
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MY PHOTOS ARE GREAT CAUSE SHUT UP!

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Simply giving us your opinion of why you thought it looked "beat up" or "thrashed" would have sufficed.
Up close the paint is faded an worn off in spots - it just doesn't look like the shinny KCS units of this type that one would normally see.


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............ someone who thought the original collection of shots he presented was an interesting example of the question he posed.
Interesting example?

"Relevant" is more what my intent was in using those examples.


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Exactly.

Finally, someone who can see the forest through the trees.

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