Old 05-16-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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I am so mad at the weather today in Baltimore. For the first time in a month I had a whole day to go to St. Dennis and take pictures and it freaking rains.

But here's the kicker,

I counted 13 freights and 1 MARC train, 1 crew change, 1 engine going into emergency and 2 instances were trains met in the station area.

All of it would most likely be cloudy day common power rejects.

Despite that, it was a fun day.

Don't you hate those weather days?
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:16 PM   #2
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BTW, it is St. Denis with one "n".
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It wasn't hard rain though, the hard rain came through last night.

It's funny you post that pic though, when i saw the weather I actually had that image in mind.

It better be nice when I go to Cajon and Tehachapi this summer.
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What ticks me off is when I go out to shoot in the rain, it isn't raining hard enough to get a cool looking shot like that. Instead, I waste my time getting shots like this:



(I'm actually happy with that shot anyway, because that photo angle no longer exists)



Oh well, ONE of these times I'll get a good downpour to emphasize the headlights.

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Jim,

I rather like the first one with the CP leader. If I had shot it I'd certainly be keeping it.
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My accepted rain shots...even though I didn't get the "rain effecf"

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You will note that I have not linked to one of my own, so obviously I cannot follow my own advice. I've got no shots worthy of RP since January, for weather and other reasons.

BTW, it is St. Denis with one "n".
Arr yes I remember that shot from the forums, it went from "no way in hell is it going to make it here" to Screener's choice and a 1st Peoples Choice Award. Just goes to show what the forums can do.

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It had stopped raining when I took this one - but the lighting still came out better than most of my sunny day shots!

Not to mention it being one of those completely rushed shots - you know, when you see a train unexpected, madly make dash for your camera to take a shot as fast as you can with no time to set up at a stop or adjust settings.

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Not to mention it being one of those completely rushed shots - you know, when you see a train unexpected, madly make dash for your camera to take a shot as fast as you can with no time to set up at a stop or adjust settings.
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Spent over an hour on the other (sunward) side of the track waiting for that cloud to move away from the sun (it didn't), gave up, packed up, and then on the spur of the moment caught this as I was walking home...

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I've got no shots worthy of RP since January, for weather and other reasons.
I'm feeling the same way too - seem to be getting endless 'digital noise' rejections recently - perhaps my equipment is no longer up to the ever rising standards at RP net...

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Aha! A subject that I have plenty of experience in - photographing trains in the rain. We get a lot of it here in the NW of England y'know.

I have about 25 shots on the database that were taken in the rain.

Obviously if your subject is this, it doesn't matter what the weather is, Flying Scotsman always looks good.
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Steam is a good subject in the rain as the exhausting steam and the rain make a good combination.
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If you can actually see the rain I think it adds so much
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Modern day power can also make a good subject. The rain giving the train a shiny wet look helps
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Again the raindrops clearly seen
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Maybe the light is very bad to accompany the rain. Winding up the ISO will increase the grain, but in some cases this adds to the atmosphere.
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I can actually cope better with rain than sun, I see so much more of it.
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Spent over an hour on the other (sunward) side of the track waiting for that cloud to move away from the sun (it didn't), gave up, packed up, and then on the spur of the moment caught this as I was walking home...

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I really, really like this shot....but....If I were you I'd re-crop it ever so slightly and and resubmit it with the Re-Submit photos tool. The top right corner of the photo has a white sliver, most likely a result of rotating the image in Photoshop & having the background come through. It's a great shot, but my eye immediately went to that white sliver....
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I really, really like this shot....but....If I were you I'd re-crop it ever so slightly and and resubmit it with the Re-Submit photos tool. The top right corner of the photo has a white sliver, most likely a result of rotating the image in Photoshop & having the background come through. It's a great shot, but my eye immediately went to that white sliver....
Good point, Andy.

I've had a go at resubmitting a v slightly cropped version to get rid of the sliver, but it was rejected - no reason given...
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Good point, Andy.

I've had a go at resubmitting a v slightly cropped version to get rid of the sliver, but it was rejected - no reason given...
Well, then I stand corrected. I love the photo anyway...
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Personally I love shooting in rain...especially steam.

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I love the rain but I usually prefer to shoot it at night, as I think the lighting makes a more dramatic image and makes the rain more visible...

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Hey Bill,

How do you keep the water off the lens? Those crazy "tulip" hoods are not terribly effective and lacking anyone to hold an umbrella for me, I find shooting in the rain about as pleasant as a prostate exam.

But once in a blue moon, I do get something that's at least semi-interesting:

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I attempted submitting this rain shot of a boring electric set recently:
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Would it be better next time to try attempting a rain shot on a day with more depth in the clouds?
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I hate shooting in the rain but like the shots I can get from it. Below are three rain shots from last weekend.


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I didn't even get out of the car for this one.

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How do you keep the water off the lens? Those crazy "tulip" hoods are not terribly effective and lacking anyone to hold an umbrella for me, I find shooting in the rain about as pleasant as a prostate exam.

But once in a blue moon, I do get something that's at least semi-interesting:

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Hi Kevin, I used a stormjacket on my camera (www.stormjacket.com) and by design, the fabric is kinda stiff...so I extend it over the lens hood to provide extra coverage.
I also keep my hand over the glass until I'm I'm absolutely ready to shoot.

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Hi Kevin, I used a stormjacket on my camera (www.stormjacket.com) and by design, the fabric is kinda stiff...so I extend it over the lens hood to provide extra
Thanks for this tip, Bill.
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For waterproofing, I cut a hole at the end of a gallon size bad, put it so that the bag is at the end of the lens, the put the lens hood so that it binds with the bag and secures it. Works well so far. I've shot the plugged shot with it and have shot in other situations with great success.
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