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    Smile Training Day

    Today was time for "Railroad Daze", in Franklin Park, IL ... where, right in the middle of town, they stretched several engines and cars for the townsfolk to browse and enjoy.

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    And then, there is always some "free agent" wandering around.

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    Okay ... here's four to make up for last week
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-17-2009 at 09:35 AM.
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    Great shots don, however the color seems a little washed on the first three, almost as if you where shooting through a window?
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    That's HDR ... I am still playing with it for a "shinier" effect ... just pulls up the detail a little more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamex View Post
    Great shots don, however the color seems a little washed on the first three, almost as if you where shooting through a window?
    It's because they're HDR which isn't needed.

    The last is the nicest.
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    0 ev

    Ok, here are the 0 EV shots ... with some post processing.

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    Personally, I think the sky in the HDR turned out a bit better. Really bright day and I was on the wrong side with the last two shots.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-16-2009 at 08:26 PM.
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    Did you use a CPL?

    I really think it looks fine. A bit of PP is all it needs.
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    Cool Sun challenges

    Yes, had the CPL ... and as you can imagine, it did help, but it is not bulletproof against such a brilliant sky. I might have had better luck with a 1/2 ND, but on a 77mm diameter lens ... that starts to get a bit pricey.

    I'll be honest, I was not sure what angles I would be taking shots at, but the opposite side from where I took these was a twenty foot gap to shoot with and all the people you could want filling it: kids, parents, grandparents and ... other photographers. To eliminate the obstacles ... I had to take on the sun. I did not want to spend all day hoping for a gap.

    Anyway, I decided a two lens selection worked fine for most of these shots, although I may rethink the close stuff, in the future. I had a feeling I would be close up, but there really was nothing over 50mm ... heck 35mm. I wound up taking the 10-20 and the 28-75 lenses ... but, as luck would have it, that 8mm gap cost me a couple shots. In a telephoto shot, it's effectively nothing ... but in a wide shot ... it can be everything. In retrospect, I probably should have taken the 17-50 or the 17-35, instead of the 28-75 and sewed the gap shut. Hey, you live and learn. I knew I wanted to stay lean & mean from climbing on and around the trains and having a "bagful" of glass can really give you a headache.

    Here's a 10mm of the Engineer's Cab/Control Station.

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    You can be sure, not too many of these images (due to sheer width) running around.

    Anyway, it was the cab-interior of this engine.

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    It was great seeing all this equipment all shined up and looking good. Normally, it is covered in soot, grime and other filth.

    It felt it was too bad that Franklin Park had invited all the other communities to come out for "Railroad Daze" and they had not finished painting their water tower in preparation for it. In fact, it looked rather odd ...

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-17-2009 at 09:33 AM.
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    I liked the depth of the sky with the HDR images, but appreciated the depth of color in the engines without the HDR processing. If the aspects of both could be combined, I think it would really scream !!!
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