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My Pet Peeve

mklass

Tacoma, US
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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Thu 08-Nov-12 02:50 AM

This has been bothering me for a while, so I though I would vent. (I'll try to be nice.)

I am disturbed by people who do portrait sessions on railroad tracks.

First of all it is foolish, especially if you are on track with shiny rails. That means it is used... a lot. I've worked in the railroad industry since 1978 and the first thing you learn (and the last thing you forget) is expect a train at any time from any direction. Trains cannot steer around you and they take a long time to stop. It's bad enough to see the results of a train hitting a car, bodies are really gruesome.

Second, if you've ever walked on railroad tracks, you know it isn't easy. The stones (ballast ) move and the ties are uneven. Switches are tricky to navigate. Make it wet or slippery with leaves and it is worse. Fall and hit your head on a rail and you will probably not remember it, or much else about your life.

Lastly, you are a trespasser. Railroads are not public property, any more that your backyard is. Would you like a photographer to come into your yard and just start taking pictures?

So if you take pictures on railroad tacks, and:
- you or your subject gets hit by a train; or,
-someone gets something between a sprained ankle to a concussion; or,
-you or your client get arrested (railroads have their own police departments with full police powers on their own property and they hate trespassers)

How are you going to recover that cost in your fee?

Thank you

I'm Mick and I approve this message.
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