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Vote and discuss Trackside with Trains Vol. 202: Black and white

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Vote and discuss Trackside with Trains Vol. 202: Black and white
Posted by Sarah Lange on Monday, January 21, 2013 9:39 AM

Trackside with Trains Vol. 202: Black and white is now live to view and vote!

Five photographers submitted images for the latest round of our biweekly photo competition.

View the selections and vote for your favorite, then return here to discuss Vol. 202!

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Posted by henry6 on Monday, January 21, 2013 10:09 AM

Nothing really dynamic about any of the pix.  The fog helped Cynthia's pic be a  little better than the others.  But B&W can be very powerful and dynamic even when just snaps like these. 

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Posted by zugmann on Monday, January 21, 2013 10:45 AM

Diamond shot was used already.  None of these shots really jumped out.  All look kind of flat. Fan shot was different, but the chain link fence killed it.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, January 21, 2013 11:32 AM

I went with Tom's shot, although Cynthia's was a close second.  Alex went with his usual 3/4 wedge shot - nothing magical there.  The others were good.

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Posted by henry6 on Monday, January 21, 2013 6:26 PM

Also, Sarah, what is the subject for next week's round?

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Posted by edblysard on Monday, January 21, 2013 7:37 PM

Went with Brian’s shot…had that “lazy days” feel to it.

The diamond shot is a repeat, and the others didn’t grab my eye.

And, even though I signed up for the newsletter, just so I would get notification of the photo themes, guess what never showed up!

Guess I should just give up...not part of the right club.

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Posted by TOMinTN on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1:31 AM

Michael Harding's entry of Nickel Plate 765 on the bridge clicked my shutter.  There was simply a lot to like about his photo.

If I'm not mistaken, the diamond that Tom Nanos submitted was a previous contender...and while I liked it both times, it didn't quite make the grade in this round.

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Posted by LehighVic on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:03 AM

Yikes! Another tough series of shots to judge.  The NPR over the bridge has much detail and texture despite the overcast lighting, and the composition is appealing.  I'm a sucker for signal bridges, but the featured train did'nt have enough focused depth of field, plus the inclusion of other photog's and fans bothered me.  I voted for the Sperko shot:  I liked the subject emphasis and the cloaked romantic atmosphere of the steam.

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Posted by Sarah Lange on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:16 AM

We will announce the next Trackside theme here late this week and in next Monday's newsletter. Thanks!

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Posted by Modelcar on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:51 PM

I had little trouble deciding this time.  For me, it's Tom Nanos' rendition on black & white.  Believe we're to be evaluating a photo, and the theme simply directs "what" to photograph.

The beautiful light exposed in this photo is adding a lot to it....And I do like the photo's subject.  Detail of the Diamond shot is great, hence, guess I simply think it's a beautiful railroad subject, photo...in black & white.

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Posted by TOMinTN on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:10 PM

Thanks so much...and I'm glad to see that the comments section seems to be getting more TLC than it has for a long time (like even being available at the time a new group of contestants is posted).

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Posted by Trinity River Bottoms Boomer on Friday, January 25, 2013 4:51 AM

Track is always a good subject in black and white.  Sadly, another set of diamonds has disappeared from the railroad scene.  There is something about the noise that trains make when pounding diamonds that brings out the sheer drama of a railroad at work.  Great shot.  Got my vote!

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