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On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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Roger Engelken: A very fine image.

Ely is a day and a half west of me, and on the bucket list of places to see.

Well worth the effort. Mind you it took less time to get there from the UK!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:54 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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Wildbegonia: Very nice! Congratulations.

Glad you like it

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:53 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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Barry Stewart: Great shot — though I'm confused. This appears to be an actual working train, hauling cargo, rather than a bunch of steam fans.

I can imagine this in back-road parts of China or one of the "____ stans" — but Nevada? What's the story?

I'm glad it appears that way but no this is a museum operation. It is fairy unique that this old copper mining and transport operation has been preserved so fully so they still have the locomotives and old freight wagons that were used when they mined and continue to use them as a living museum. I was on an organised trip from the UK but it was timed for the couple of weeks in February when the Nevada Northern Railway runs a couple of special photographic weekends. Details at this link http://www.nnry.com/pages/photoshoot.php If you look elsewhere on their website there are passenger trains at other times of year but winter is the best to see the exhaust.
You'll have to pop down. It is only 100 miles from you though maybe a flight and hiring a car in Salt Lake City might be better!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:19 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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Roger: Great shot, love it.

Roger J.

Glad you liked it. I'm always a bit worried that many people don't love a train in their landscapes as much as some of us do!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:10 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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stedeo: Great steam train shot, nice composition.
Stefano

Thanks. It was one of those perfect steam photography days with cold still air to leave the exhaust tailing above the train for a long time after it passed. I've not had such a day in the 10 years since!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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kamiyama: Splendid photo.

Thank you very much

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:07 UTC
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)
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Lance B: Excellent photo!

Thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:06 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: O Winston Link is smiling down on this one!

Thanks but I think these may be more to his liking!:-https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=974740
https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=920198

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 20:39 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Was this picture planned? Or was it pure luck that you were standing there and the train came?

One thing that strikes me is that the reflection of the steam is in a super perfect location. There is a small "gulf" in the water that exactly frames the steam. I think that makes the image perfect.

No it seems to be hijacked by Pinterest that I'm not signed up for. Try Googling images "478 durango and silverton 1 october 2008" it comes up in the first three rows for me.
If you want to photograph preserved steam the UK has a lot more than Sweden which I think has mainly Sunday only operations. This chap http://www.timelineevents.org does day charters all the time now and you can just come over when there are special galas on with lots of action.
Harz Mountains in Germany is good.
If it is specifically American you are after then a week split between the Durango and Silverton Railroad and the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad will give lots of action near the roadside and they are an easy drive apart in Colorado.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Was this picture planned? Or was it pure luck that you were standing there and the train came?

One thing that strikes me is that the reflection of the steam is in a super perfect location. There is a small "gulf" in the water that exactly frames the steam. I think that makes the image perfect.

I remember being annoyed the best view with the clouds did not allow a full reflection of the train as there is too much bank between the track and the water. Also there is a shadow of the trees on the river bank which I would have preferred were not there. You could go to the spot to take the normal timetabled service trains (4 a day in high season) but they won't come in this direction until the afternoon so the light will be wrong. You could however turn to look the other way as the trains arrive in the morning.
If you look back through my challenge entries there are other pictures taken on the same trip.
https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=852388
https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=860693

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 19:03 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Was this picture planned? Or was it pure luck that you were standing there and the train came?

One thing that strikes me is that the reflection of the steam is in a super perfect location. There is a small "gulf" in the water that exactly frames the steam. I think that makes the image perfect.

Pictures are best not left to chance! This was taken on a railway photography trip run by a Brit who used to run wonderful holidays for steam. There were 30 -40 mainly Brits but also some other Europeans and the odd American.The train was hired for two days here and we travelled on it and got out at suitable locations, the train reversed and then comes forward past the photographers doing what is known as a run past. In this location I can't recall if everyone tried to get a reflection but someone got this https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiJhNuusYHTAhXFthQKHVPiAsUQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fcarroll0992%2Ftrains%2F&psig=AFQjCNHMMQMZCENmIWc4VMqpFSWcThua7g&ust=1491071725561463&cad=rjt from a slightly different angle. cont next post....

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Midwest: Someone gave this only 1 and 1/2 stars? This is a really, really good shot.

Thanks. At least the 0.5 marks have been rare of late.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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XVOYAGERX: A beautiful shot, and from the 350d, very well done!!

Allan.

The best camera is the one you have you when something good happens!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Segaman: Since now you win the contest, will you buy a full frame with all that money?
Joke apart, that is a cool pic.

Thanks. Since the 350D I've worn out a 50D which I loved and then got a second hand 7D to which I've never really warmed. In fact it prompted me to get a 5D Mkiii which was a worthwhile improvement.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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jaykumarr: time and location.
Excellent photo from an excellent camera of the past.

It was a early to mid morning shot as the line is running from north to south here. The date and detailed location are beneath the picture. It was running on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. Despite being "narrow gauge" these are big locos, some being regauged from standard.
Yes I took a lot of pictures on my 350D before it died, many of which I cannot repeat.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:46 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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HAMADA Fukusaburo: Very nice railphoto
from a railfan in Japan
Cheers
HAMADA

Pleased to meet you. Have you been to the UK? There are many preserved steam railways here so it could make a good holiday location for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)

I'm glad you like it. It was glorious weather, for a while at least!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 22:07 UTC as 9th comment
On photo The Critter in the Color - Monochrome challenge (1 comment in total)

I liked this picture a lot and think it deserved a higher placing. Mind you it was a difficult challenge to work out!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sleeping Safely In Numbers - Californian Sealions in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: What a great image of sleeping bodies, cjf2, and it has earned you another top place in this challenge. I am amazed at the variations in the colour brown, seen here in these intricately detailed, moulting sealions. I tried counting the bodies, but gave up at eight; none of them look particularly comfortable, but this is an example of safety (and warmth) in numbers. I guess the aroma of sealion was forgettable?
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
They were a little way off as this is with a 400mm lens and thankfully I could not smell anything. I dread to think what it smells like to the ones in the middle of such a squash. Plus imagine having to wait for a few layers of your tribe to wake up before you can get up and use the loo!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
On photo Monarch butterflies winter roost at Pismo Beach in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, cjf2 on your very well-deserved win in this 'Safety in Numbers' challenge. This is a really spectacular capture of one of nature's amazing phenomena, and you have captured it with amazing clarity, detail, and range of colour. Few of us will have the opportunity to see this migration, but we can all appreciate its beauty through your superb photography.
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
The roosts in California are occupied from October to February so no use at the moment. I had wanted to see the huge roost from the David Attenborourgh programme in Mexico but it was going to take too long and too much money so this was a more realistic alternative.
Prospective visitors would be best to go in the middle of a warm sunny still day when there is a chance of a number of them being active with wings open to show their colourful upper surface. At rest they show the rather drab under surface and without sun (or in this case flash) they look like a bunch of dead leaves. Take flash and a long lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
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