Old 07-28-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Alright, everyone goes to different lengths to get an interesting photo. Sometimes, this requires getting into an unusual position. So, let's see photos of you or others in those positions.

Posted at the extreme risk of having incriminating images of myself posted.

RP contributor Joe LeMay seems to end up in some interesting places:

Hanging around in Creston, IL.


Somehow, Joe manages to end up under the Santa Fe Road bridge near Edelstein, IL.

RP contributor Glenn Davis sneaks up on a Paducah-built GP11 in Peoria.
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:59 AM   #2
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OK Mike, you asked for it.
I'm surprised you don't have more incriminating photos of me. I'm usually standing on top of something.

Mr Wnek taking a shot of something inside an FP45 on display at IRM.

Camo Mike hiding behind a car to shoot street running in Chicago.

Right after Mike took the picture of me standing under the bridge.

I couldn't find any shots of Glenn in an odd position.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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If I'm not standing on something, hanging off of something, or at the very least shooting from a steeply angled slope, my day isn't complete.
I'm the hardcore railfan of these here parts
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If I'm not standing on something, hanging off of something, or at the very least shooting from a steeply angled slope, my day isn't complete.
I'm the hardcore railfan of these here parts
You and I would get along great together shooting. We'd be challenging each other to find the most death defying photo angle.
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Is anyone else seriously considering the acquisition of one of these? 10' of elevation for $219 - 16' for $280...
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If it folds up very well I would strongly consider it. I'm just using a 6-foot latter right now and it works fine for getting elevation, but tripod support isn't so great.
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OK Mike, you asked for it.
I'm surprised you don't have more incriminating photos of me. I'm usually standing on top of something.

I couldn't find any shots of Glenn in an odd position.
I need to get out the hard drive an pull out some more, since I know I must have them.

Do you have any of me from when CP 2816 came to town or from the CNW heritage unit in Oglivie?
I remember at times I was laying prone on the station platform of Oglivie to try to get a shot.
For this shot, I was sitting on a ledge railing in an awkward/dangerous position to get this shot:
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Let's see, if you can see RP contributor Wesley Fane on the bench in this shot, he's in a rather interesting position.


And, here's one of Joe, Glenn, and I all standing on the tailgate of my truck attempting to see over an autorack train that went into emergency on the near track at Houlihan's curve.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #8
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You and I would get along great together shooting. We'd be challenging each other to find the most death defying photo angle.
I think I'm the only one to have fallen down the cliff at Morant's Curve...
....on purpose...
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Is anyone else seriously considering the acquisition of one of these? 10' of elevation for $219 - 16' for $280...


Now THAT is what I need (and a pickup)!!
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Let's see, if you can see RP contributor Wesley Fane on the bench in this shot, he's in a rather interesting position.
Who, the handsome devil in the leather jacket with the Union Pacific timetable, in authentic UP orange plastic timetable holder?

IIRC, I took that angle to elevate myself over a homeless man. He was less than helpful in getting that shot...turned around and stood in front of me shaking his arms just as the train went past. And no, I am not making this up.
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Lets see this was just about what I thought it was going to be.... sort of like a railfan kamasutra!
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That tripod/chair/stand is available here... it says it requires two folks to assemble it, but damn, would it ever be handy.

https://www.strongbuiltinc.com/xcart...-pr-16134.html
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I guess I'm not much of a railfan...I can't remember the last time I didn't take a picture without both feet on the ground! One of my big "railfan" moments was when I decided to stand on top of my Blazer to get a favorable angle on a shot at Hart, Mo. While positioning the vehicle, I got it high-centered right next to the tracks! Fortunately I got myself unstuck, jumped up on top, and the suspension was so bad it was like being on a ship! I'm sure the crew got a laugh at me staggering around like a sailor trying to keep from toppling right off my SUV.

And Nick, I definitely wouldn't mind something like that out on Cima Hill's west slope where there's nothing to get you elevation and the track is lined with mesquite bushes as tall as me. Too bad eating like two people doesn't allow you to do other things like two people...such as setting up that rig!
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My most recent interesting shooting position:

I'm the guy poking out of the sunroof, the car is moving about 60 mph, and we're pacing MILW 261.
Photo courtesy of RP-contributor Brennan Caughron.
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Okay, okay I'll play too! Here's one that my bro took while we were chasing the ferry move of the Susquehanna 142 from PA back to NJ. **Please note that the train is barely moving and the crew knew who I was and what I was doing and gave me full permission to be where I was.**
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Here is another thanks to Pete Lerro. Shooting the 425 while the crew has dinner at the restaurant in the former station at Tamaqua, PA.
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Here is another thanks to Pete Lerro. Shooting the 425 while the crew has dinner at the restaurant in the former station at Tamaqua, PA.
Nice one AB2! I've been there a few times!
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Haven't we all?
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Here I am at Cass in May taking the "SIX Locomotive" photo. Yeah it was fun!!! Photo by Tim Martin


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Here I am at Cass in May taking the "SIX Locomotive" photo. Yeah it was fun!!!
Drumroll?....

EDIT: He finally attached the photo. Darn.
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Okay, okay I'll play too! Here's one that my bro took while we were chasing the ferry move of the Susquehanna 142 from PA back to NJ.
If you photoshopped in a wooden leg, I'd really get a laugh.
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Okay, okay I'll play too! Here's one that my bro took while we were chasing the ferry move of the Susquehanna 142 from PA back to NJ. **Please note that the train is barely moving and the crew knew who I was and what I was doing and gave me full permission to be where I was.**
Way to go Andrew, looks like your training for the railfan Olympics

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Way to go Andrew, looks like your training for the railfan Olympics

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What you can't see is the rope that I'm using to pull the equipment with!
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What you can't see is the rope that I'm using to pull the equipment with!

And it looks like that gave you a 'trolley horse'.
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