View Full Version : Chicago Line 01/24/2007 Can you say SNOW!

01-24-2007, 10:44 PM
OK so I have finally found both snow and trains... and even in the same location...LOL

I went on a quick trip out to Little Falls and then headed back in towards home... was a nice trip...

Do me a favor and spare no expense on critique... this was my first time REALLY converting from RAW... but I had to do it on my laptop which I am not familier with the color adjustments... and I had no mouse... so it was all done by touchpad :doh :rolleyes:






01-24-2007, 10:45 PM



01-24-2007, 10:50 PM
The shots look very good.... the sharpness and clarity on them is AWESOME, and the color pretty darn good too

The 3rd one and the last one I especially like

01-24-2007, 10:51 PM
Thanks I like #3 also the best...it really sucks because I really cant tell how good they look on this monitor at work... and cant access the internet on my laptop...

01-24-2007, 10:52 PM
Patience, my overworked Verizon guy... patience LOL

01-25-2007, 08:07 AM
They look good from my house Ross... question, how did you shoot at a slow enough speed to NOT blur the shots but still use a big F# and get that nice Flare off the headlights?? I think the RAW convert on the LT worked out great!!!

01-25-2007, 08:47 AM
Actually the flare is pretty much a given when you shoot <30 degrees of center on the train... the trains have a dim and bright setting on the lights and you can sometimes tell if someone took the shot of a sitting train or a moving train with that... so the key is even if they are sitting to get them when they are ready to move and go to bright lights... I was actually trying for the fastest shutter I could get with keeping the ISO under 800... I figured I could compensate exposure if need be with the RAW... and it was actually really dim out...

01-25-2007, 09:05 AM
I wish I could have got out there with you... my fav is number 2... love the composition and use of depth of field.

01-25-2007, 09:07 AM
I wish I could have got out there with you... my fav is number 2... love the composition and use of depth of field.

Soon my young Jedi! I will kidnap you again soon!

In looking at these now on a few different monitors I am thinking I slightly over sharpened them... when I did the raw conversion I had it sharpening at a rate of 25... and then in PP did another 50%... I am seeing slight ghosting... is it me?

01-25-2007, 09:11 AM
Touchpad! YUCK, I can never get used to using that.
The photos look great, love the 3rd one, the only thing I can say is some tend to look a little dark, the last in particular. Over nice job. I very seldom shot jepg, always RAW, seems to be more forgiving. :D

01-25-2007, 09:16 AM
yeah the last location was a little tough... it would be good either later in the day or early morning... but that was actually a quick catch shot... I saw the train coming... no where to stop... so I finally went from 55mph to 0 almost locking up the brakes to get the small spot of opening in the trees...LOL of course the sun is backlit....LOL

I tried to portray the real coloring in the shots...so they are a little dark... most were taken around 9am in central NY right after a snow squall line came through... so it was pretty dark... of course this was my first REAL time using the CS2 Raw Converter... so maybe I will get better with the exposures later on down the road... I do really like it though... using RAW... I shot these all with RAW+s so I could keep a look at them in Windows... is that what everyone else does?

01-25-2007, 10:32 AM
Great shots Ross. So are you becoming a RAW convert? Granted, I try and get the picture the best I can when I take it, but RAW is great that you can go back and touch it up a little bit w/out it having a "processed" look to it.

I can see what you're saying about it being a bit oversharpened, but nothing really distracting. With that being said, I really like 2 & 3.

I shoot just in RAW mode. I've used the RAW converter in CS2 before, but generally just use the Canon software to convert as I can do multiple photos in one setting. I then do the rest of my PP in CS2.

01-25-2007, 01:38 PM
thanks Ross... they look good to me!