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maxnimo: I would like an app that lets anyone steal my images, then automatically deducts a set fee from the thief's bank account and deposits it into mine.

To clarify: It should deduct the set fee each time the stolen image is used or shared, and should also deduct the fee from others who receive it via sharing and use it themselves, each time THEY use it. And so on, and so on, if you can keep that going, maybe the phrase "starving artist" will become passe!

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 00:34 UTC
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Billstek: Yes, and McDonalds coffee might be hot, and don't use your hair dryer while standing in your bath.

Don't forget "don't stick your hands under the running lawn mower." You can thank the idiots who did THAT (AND their lawyers, and the stupid judges that didn't throw the both of them out of the court) for those stupid bars you have to hold continuously in order for the mowers of today to keep running.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:49 UTC
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brn: Sorry, what?

I was too focused on my outrage of the movie Stand By Me. Those darn kids are on the tracks! The movie should be banned.

Actually, that's more like something to be outraged about than the photo being discussed here. They made it seem as if kids in the middle of a bridge could outrun a train, or that the train could slow to "kids stumbling on open decked bridge" speed that quickly. Neither is remotely factual, and if there were actual kids on a bridge like that when a non-scripted, non-extra slow moving train rounded the bend, they would have had to jump and hope to survive the fall or die by getting hit by the train.

But then that's typical of Hollywood - the amount of stuff they get 180 degrees wrong about railroads/trains in the movies is just ridiculous.

P.S. In the book, it was a diesel powered train, not that ridiculous cliche steam powered train.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:47 UTC
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GEAH: In some places it's safe, in others it is not.

However, it is inevitably clichéd.

Also, where in "Los Angeles" was this taken--nowhere this native knows of.

Looks like somewhere near San Clemente; it's on the rail line between LA and San Diego.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:41 UTC
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Wanchese: So freakin' what? Anyone, ANYONE with a lick of sense, can see when a train is rolling down an empty track.

As long as you have the "lick of sense" to not be on a curve, and to actually be looking...

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 01:14 UTC
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Cameracist: NG should stop posting pictures of polar bears.
Because, you know, polar bears are extremely dangerous. Don't shoot them, just don't.

Especially don't shoot pictures of polar bears when standing on railroad tracks. ;-D

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 01:06 UTC
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stevo23: Walked the rails all my life. Don't understand this fear of tracks.

They need to be respected, not feared. Being aware of the dangers posed helps.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:31 UTC
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Noah Placebo: A lot of train tracks are closed down. You can take photos on the whole riviera stretch between Nice and Genoa now, because there are no trains moving there anymore.

There's lots of active tracks that are also overgrown with weeds. Unless you see TREES (not saplings, something you would have to take down with a saw) growing through the middle of the track, assume it to be an active track.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
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Albert Valentino: If the subject standing on the tracks is looking at the photographer, and the photographer is looking at the subject, then are they not both looking out for trains? Seems to me this method takes out all the risk.

Well, if the subject is looking into the camera lens and the photographer is looking at the subject and his viewfinder displays, then actually neither of them is "looking out for trains." Very easy to get lulled into inattention when doing something like this on an active railroad track. That's how people end up maimed or killed - becoming complacent about their surroundings.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:18 UTC
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Eric Ouellet: Don't photograph train tracks, don't do bike without your helmet, don't walk without shoes, don't look too far, don't breath too quick, don't think too much...

Reminds me of a sign hanging in the back office of a hobby store I worked in when I was still in school read; it said something like: "I've been reading so much about the bad effects of smoking, drinking, overeating and sex that I've decided to stop reading." ;-D

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
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kociasek: To all the people who ridicule criticism of live track photos:
1) A poster on Petapixel wrote: "I'm from the area. ... The Amtrak link that runs this is EXTREMELY quiet. It literally sneaks up on you. People get hit by it crossing to the water over the tracks all the time." It's true of many modern trains and railway lines.
2) An engine driver once wrote on "The Online Photographer" how his colleagues had been traumatized for life but such accidents (and people committing suicides).
3) It's VERY difficult to estimate how long it will take a fast running train to cover the last couple of hundred meters. People often foolishly wait until the last moment to get a shot with an approaching train.
4) If a train breaks suddenly, its passengers may get injured as well.
My comment continues below.

There is, of course, the "stupid people do stupid things" factor, but then there's also the "smart people sometimes do foolish things" factor, especially when those smart people are clueless about railroads.

In either case, informing people about why its dangerous isn't a bad thing - a lot of people just don't know, stupid or not. The outrage about posting a photo on the internet, however, is more than a bit misplaced.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
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Grenosr: Just be sure to google "risky photographers" so that you can spread all that outrage around.

I dunno, I think the guy with the tripod who looks like he's falling down is meat - even the ginger can outrun somebody who's flat on his face.

The one with the girl on her back dangling her head over the side of the bridge is pure stupid. If she wanted an upside down picture, she could just flip it in post, without the risk of plunging off the bridge!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 23:50 UTC
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tko: And don't take photos near cliffs. Or on roads. Or of climbers, hikers, or flyers. Or in planes. In the ocean, or swimmers or surfers. Up on a roof. I mean, people die in those places. Actually, don't take photos at all. Much safer.

This just shows the herd mentality of the critics. One person dies doing something, and now no one can do it. It doesn't take that much brains to avoid a train on a train track. People cross the street all the time and do it SAFELY, same for train tracks. Getting hit by a 5000 pound car doing 45 MPH will get you just as dead as that train, with a lot less warning. You think because one person gets killed in a crosswalk none of us should use them?

I would much rather stand on a railroad track with a half mile visibility on either side, than cross a busy city street.

Jeeeeeeeeez. Use some common sense. Some people can get themselves killed by anything.

Legal/illegal isn't the issue; you can legally cross a railroad track at a grade crossing (public), but doing so at the wrong moment, or pausing in the middle of doing so to take a selfie or a picture of your girlfriend or whatever, will get you just as dead.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Taking photos on train tracks? Here are some equally bad ideas: Middle of the interstate. Airport runways. Beyond the guard rail at the Grand Canyon. Edge of a volcano while holding a can of gasoline. Selfie with an alligator. Snowboarding off the barn roof. Launching bottle rockets from your mouth. The list goes on and on.

You shouldn't generalize about how far off you can hear a train. Lots of intervening factors radically change this. Wind direction and speed, traffic noise, airplanes flying overhead, rocks, trees, vegetation, buildings etc. located near the tracks, whether the track is straight or curved. Assuming you can hear any train at any location "a good mile away" is a good way to become the next statistic about trespassers getting killed on railroad tracks.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 23:41 UTC
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Team Yeti: The irony here is that the same people trespassing & taking photos on railroad property will be the first to sue when someone gets injured and/or killed.

@Team Yeti, that's what aggravates me - that those who get maimed or killed because they are doing something stupid like standing on an active railroad track (or their families) sue and the judge doesn't just throw it out of court. If you trespass, fine, but if you get maimed or killed, it's your own fault and nobody else's. We need to stop awarding stupid.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Photographers are outraged? I call BS on the hypocrits.

Yes - in other news, street racers express outrage about speeding. ;-D

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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deep7: I am amazed this is even a story. This clearly isn't some urban/interstate super rail line with high speed, whisper-quiet super trains and 99.xx% of people shooting something like this (especially when you look at who actually posts on that page) won't be that stupid not to consider the whole picture. And the stupid people won't give a toss what armchair police tell them anyway.

It's a sad world where everyone assumes the right to interfere endlessly with everyone and everything. The orange jacket brigade are getting way too opinionated!

That's the line Amtrak's San Diegans run on; they run LA-San Diego on 3 hour schedules, which means they AVERAGE 40mph+, including stops. Track speed is probably about 70mph if I had to guess on much of the line. So yes, it is actually a high speed line, just not "Northeast Corridor" fast.

Again, just underscoring the point that you should never make assumptions about a rail line NOT being "active" or "high speed" or whatever. The general rule is "Expect a train on any track, at any time, from any direction." Live by that rule, or...become a statistic.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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mcshan: These folks heard and saw the train coming. So funny:

It really is funny - and it's also an amazing illustration of how it seems like people completely disengage their brains as soon as they fire up the "rectangle." It's almost as if when they're recording video and looking at the "rectangle" they forget that they're watching something that's actually happening a couple of feet away, unlike when they're watching someone else's video.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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OzarkAggie: Trains too quiet to be heard? You must be deaf.

No, and if you think your hearing is so good that you can hear what others cannot, you just come by where I work and stand on the tracks of the Metro North New Haven Line, facing one direction, and don't move off the track until you *hear* the train. From the moment you stepped on the tracks, your life span would be down to minutes.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:18 UTC
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SushiCub: Trespassing - photographers shouldn't have picked the locations to begin with; however, I cannot stop thinking... the visibility near train tracks is usually good. The trains should've be spotted way ahead, the train operators would've given plenty of warning with lights and sound and...didn't give them enough time to leave from the track? I grew up in countryside and the train track was near my place - even to visit veggie gardens, we crossed the track and could see and hear the train coming a few miles away.

You can't assume the conditions to be the same everywhere. In a lot of places you can't see down the tracks for miles, due to curves and visual obstructions. In other words, such a thing should not be done just anywhere, just because there's SOME places where it can be done without injury given the judicious application of common sense.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:05 UTC
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