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#11 Post by BK Vissers » 12 Sep 2018 12:51

Ahh, CSX. Likely just nostalgia on my part but it seemed better run when it was Chessie System. I remember the amalgamation with B&O and C&O. It was always sad to see such iconic names in the industry disappear.

Good luck with the hurricane. I’ve a friend in SC who’s fled to stay with family in Pennsylvania yesterday, to be safe.

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#12 Post by Centrino2 » 12 Sep 2018 20:43

Well now they said it going to turn a bit to the south putting Raleigh right on the edge of it, and is down to category 3, making my people and even me think it may be alright to stay... Not sure if I should believe that. Initial plan was to go to Atlanta... Well that now sure won't work.

But the whole of south Carolina, and Charlotte, as of now, will now be pounded hard. Don't let your dirty minds morph that sentence into something else.

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#13 Post by marcon10 » 13 Sep 2018 06:03

Now I'm curious about your photography process.
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#14 Post by Axel Slingerland » 13 Sep 2018 06:09

Centrino2 wrote:
12 Sep 2018 03:42
Time ta skip town...
I figured you would be long gone by now. Grab yer family and git!
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#15 Post by J. Ritter » 13 Sep 2018 12:54

Centrino2 wrote:
12 Sep 2018 20:43
Well now they said it going to turn a bit to the south putting Raleigh right on the edge of it, and is down to category 3, making my people and even me think it may be alright to stay... Not sure if I should believe that. Initial plan was to go to Atlanta... Well that now sure won't work.

But the whole of south Carolina, and Charlotte, as of now, will now be pounded hard. Don't let your dirty minds morph that sentence into something else.
DIdn't realize you were over here, Centrino. Have you considered Knoxville? Whole set of mountains to soak up the blow before it gets there, and I-40 is a WAY prettier drive than 85, haha. Plus lots of cool trucking locations with the Gorge and Black Mountain!

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13 Sep 2018 06:03
Now I'm curious about your photography process.
I keep it pretty simple. I use a Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm stock lens. A lot of my shots are "f.8 and be there," ISO 100 on a normal day, 400-800 on a cloudy day, shutter speed averages around 320, but it depends on the light. Processing-wise, I shoot in RAW format so I first open my photos in (Nikon) Capture NX-D, maybe make small exposure adjustments, then convert to JPG. If I need any real processing after that I use GIMP, mainly to sharpen, or to clone stamp out power lines and the like that interfere with my composition. I use Ifranview for most of my cropping due to how easy it is. Draw a window over the picture to represent the final size, hit Ctrl-Y, done.

I use Broadcastify on an Ipad to listen to scanner feeds to find trains. I want to bite the bullet and actually buy a scanner so I don't have to rely on feeds. I also use a program called ATCS monitor to find trains, but that is a whole other rabbit hole.


Here is an example of where I used clone stamp. Notice the lack of the foreground powerline in the second photo. (I also cropped the pic, and sharpened it a little too much, but whatever, haha)

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#16 Post by marcon10 » 14 Sep 2018 06:19

I see, thank you for your insights. I'll try to use what you said as a reference for my photography practice.
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#17 Post by J. Ritter » 18 Sep 2018 00:16

Made it through Florence just fine. I hope everyone else in the area on here was okay! We lost power for about 8 hours and got a LOT of rain.
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#18 Post by BK Vissers » 18 Sep 2018 03:00

Glad to hear you’re ok!

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#19 Post by dk00? » 18 Sep 2018 03:07

Very glad you are ok. I literally live 30 yards from train tracks so yeah.
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#20 Post by J. Ritter » 22 Sep 2018 18:14

I got 3 in Harrisburg, NC yesterday.

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I wonder why I like stopping here for a snack and a drink when I'm out railfanning?

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