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If you like the Blues...   Long live Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram!

 

(Do yourself a favor and look this kid up on YouTube.)

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that kid is a bad mother fucker . keeping the delta blues tradition alive . been killing it for a minute - here’s him playing for rakim w/ Adrian younge on keys and Ali shaheed Muhammad (atcq) on Bass .

 

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Had a productive last couple of days, married to the road.  Now back in the rat race.....

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This one is making the rounds on teh social medias 😉

 

Wife and I avoided a random ass hail storm when we hiked to this cave.

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who is the photography expert in terms of hardware?

 

want to ask some questions about freight photography(moving trains) and sick of the confused looks at camera stores.

 

 

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What is the question?  

Probably don't have the answer since I'm point & shoot, but I shoot moving trains a lot with relative success.

 

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I spend a bit of time shooting freights passing through my area and I've found a spot where with the right equipment  I can chill on one side and if required could have a camera set up on the other side to catch the back side.

 

Wondering if there were any cameras that people knew of that could be set to take a burst of photos continuously for up to 90 seconds while maintaining quality? Trains are going pretty fast by this point

 

 Or is shooting video my only option and then taking stills from that?

 

Next point is I need a bluetooth or radio control to set it off since I'm not about to dash across the tracks in front of it once I've pressed the button.

 

 I suspect it exists but pricey enough that you might not leave it unattended while a mile long train goes past if you can't see it.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Schnitzel said:

who is the photography expert in terms of hardware?

 

Ken Rockwell, apparently.

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Schnitzel said:

I spend a bit of time shooting freights passing through my area and I've found a spot where with the right equipment  I can chill on one side and if required could have a camera set up on the other side to catch the back side.

 

Wondering if there were any cameras that people knew of that could be set to take a burst of photos continuously for up to 90 seconds while maintaining quality? Trains are going pretty fast by this point

 

 Or is shooting video my only option and then taking stills from that?

 

Next point is I need a bluetooth or radio control to set it off since I'm not about to dash across the tracks in front of it once I've pressed the button.

 

 I suspect it exists but pricey enough that you might not leave it unattended while a mile long train goes past if you can't see it.

 

 

More than one possible solution here.  Met one guy who does freight videos and saw he uses a gopro mounted to various bridge beams and other shit along the tracks to catch the other side.  Never fucked with one but assume that's taking video.  This was at a very active location with a lot of slow moving freights so not sure if he set it running and walked away or if he had a remote to start/stop it.

 

Your other option is to learn your line and where you can catch that other side.  This is most easily accomplished at the beginning or end of the line or at a yard where speeds are usually slowest, and is likely to involve you having to chase your train to get ahead of it for that other side.  Depending on your location this may not be worth the chase because of the distance, will traffic stop you, etc.  

 

 

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In term of DSLRs, most have a timer capability specifically for taking multiple shots over a continuous amount of time. Most of the time its used for time-lapses, but im sure you could adjust the settings to take more pictures in a shorter amount of time. The only issues you would run in to is running out of space, or battery. I would obviously avoid shooting in RAW if youre going for the quantity approach,  but i think so long as you have a real fast shutter speed it should get the job done

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11 hours ago, One Man Banned said:

Your other option is to learn your line and where you can catch that other side.  This is most easily accomplished at the beginning or end of the line or at a yard where speeds are usually slowest, and is likely to involve you having to chase your train to get ahead of it for that other side.  Depending on your location this may not be worth the chase because of the distance, will traffic stop you, etc.  

 

 

This is the method i've been trying but it's pretty hit and miss.

Train makes a big loop through the mountains but I have to make a similar loop in the opposite direction.

 Going uphill I can just about do it if I don't hit traffic but 9/10  the road is a bit crowded.

 

 Downhill there's no chance it's going into town and the traffic is fucked usually.

 

 kInd of wish my son was old enough  he loves taking pictures of the freights but I wouldn't dare leave him on the other side of a moving train

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👍Nice.  Well sometimes you only get one side save for the method already noted.  Will add that as far as catching that other side, you'll also want to be aware of where the sun is because if you're shooting the sunny side now you'll be shooting into the sun when you cross over,  gives you another element to control for in your shots.  Related suggestions would be to check for a bridge or tunnel along its route where you might be able to move around both sides more easily.  Also train in the mountains makes me think that you may want to search out locations where the train has to travel up grade, especially if it's loaded, as this will cause it to lose some speed and get you a better shot.  Howeer you choose to go about it, don't do this:

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23 hours ago, mn1_fuckos said:

beautiful light in your photos @6Pennies

 

I should really start posting in this thread again

Do it!  Need more action and inspiration in here.....

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