TODAY Show Demonstrates Why Train Track Photography is So Dangerous

25 thoughts on TODAY Show Demonstrates Why Train Track Photography is So Dangerous

  1. I just don’t understand the obsession with this. In the UK this would never even feature as an idea. Not only is trespassing on train tracks illegal but also highly dangerous – electric rails etc. I just wouldn’t even consider going any where near a train track for any sort of photo.

  2. How can deaf and blind models and photographers take pictures in the first place ?

    I have been taking pictures on tracks now and then since 1985, and guess what, nobody dead so far.

    We use our eyes and ears and are on the alert if it is a track that is still in use. Today I have tracks nearby where there is no traffic since it’s closed and no trains will come here due to no service of the tracks itself.

    Interesting to see that in USA more people dies on railroad tracks or killed by children with guns, than terrorists.

  3. Surely anyone with common sense would (not be doing this anyway but nonetheless..) bring a friend along who would just be constantly looking each way and shout as soon as a train is spotted in the distance…

  4. There are plenty of rail museums with dead tracks to shoot on….
    I personally don’t find anything interesting in train tracks…except it immediately brings up the idea that these people must be suicidal…It’s a smoked trend, that needs to go away before more people get hurt or killed.

  5. My dad had to help EMS clean up several bodies during his trainman career. Those are details he never discusses. Worst days of his life. Stay off the tracks. Think of those that have to clean up your shoeless body.

  6. Growing up in the city, dodging high speed trains and freight trains was a right of passage. If you are paying attention and using your eyes & ears, there is no reason to worry. Not using both your eyes and ears is a recipe for disaster.

  7. is it that hard to find an abandoned spur line? They’re all over the place, easy to recognize (shiny rails = active, rusty rails = abandoned) and about the biggest danger you have to worry about is poison ivy.

  8. I wonder if we do train tracks differently here in Australia, i live near an active freight line, and i can hear the train rom atleast half a kilometre away, if not further, its so loud sometimes that it wakes me up in the middle of the night.

    I wonder if they do alterations in oz to create an audible warning to prevent stories like this.

  9. the foolish photographers here in Fredericksburg, VA pose their subjects between the tracks almost daily. I have several dozen photos of them doing so. Called the police many times, but they are 5 minutes too late to witness the act.

  10. We have some tracks in our area that are no longer even connected to the main rail system. It’s about 300 yards of track. Photogs use that all the time, but it’s a really good idea not to use any live tracks.

  11. In showing how dangerous it is, they showed how to mitigate the danger. Lookouts.

    Then there is the common sense approach on live tracks. Once a train passes by, the tracks are clear for the typical shoot. Trains do not back up at the rate in which they pass, and no train is following right behind another.

    Any decent photographer is not just looking at the model, but also the entire scene, including the background of a highlight known as a headlight on the train. The model can see over the photographer. Both ways are covered, but do bring assistants to act as lookouts, too.

    Yes, some can minimize the risk with common sense, and yes, some lack common sense. Be of the former, not the latter.

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