View Full Version : Negative Shot!!

S.C. Vermillion
11-14-2003, 09:49 PM
Your views on a Picture showing a negative view. Would it pass or not.

11-15-2003, 12:16 AM
At first I thought you meant the negative of a photo, where the colors are inverted, lol.

Personally, I would not like to see any photos depicting any negative things such as guns or violence. Sometimes you might catch swearwords on freight cars or bridges that are in your picture, I know I have and for that reason I did not submit those. I have a Pentrex video that clearly shows profanity on a freight car; "(bleeep) Iraq". Of course, this was when the Gulf War was going on. I certainly was shocked to see that, it wasn't hard to miss at all.

11-15-2003, 12:50 AM
Hmmm. Looks pretty cool as a negative:



11-15-2003, 01:52 AM
It's the CSX ghost train...hauling a load of ectoplasm. :lol: :wink: 8)

S.C. Vermillion
11-15-2003, 03:36 AM
No I was not meaning a voilent or urban art picture. I was however refering to the inverted colors of a negative as in a 35mm negative.

DAVE: Thats a nice photo. Thats what I ment. Good shot!

11-15-2003, 02:40 PM
No I was not meaning a voilent or urban art picture. I was however refering to the inverted colors of a negative as in a 35mm negative.

:oops: OK, now it makes sense. :)

It does look cool as a negative. I'm not sure if RP.net would allow it but go ahead and try, see what they say!

E.M. Bell
11-16-2003, 08:04 PM
Thats a neat shot SCV...reminds me of some things I tried many moons ago when a friend was teaching me to develop B&W film. I printed a few shots as negitive images with mixed results, but a few where "keepers".

Half the fun of rail photography (or any kind for that matter) is trying new things. Unconventional methods can sometimes lead to great reults...Some of the most noted RR photographers made a name for themselves by "going aganst the grain" :)

11-16-2003, 10:30 PM
I tried inverting some of my photos and the results were very shocking. On a couple of them the blueish sky made for a firey red background and a darker colored locomotive really stood out, almost as if it were 3D. Plants and any other green colored object turned purple and white. I was very surprised and pleased with the outcome.

11-22-2003, 02:58 PM
:) Here is the first negative shot on RP.net: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=39918

11-22-2003, 09:53 PM
Kudos to the screener who accepted this.

I honestly thought that RailPictures.Net was more likely to accept
a non-train negative image than one featuring a routine
3/4 shot of a locomotive. So, since this photo featured an
old signal, deep blue sky and puffy cumulus clouds, I converted
it to a negative image and liked the result.

As E.M. Bell said earlier in this thread, we should experiment
and try new things in our approach to photography. The
results may surprise and delight us.


E.M. Bell
11-22-2003, 10:27 PM
Your welcome...I happen to be the one that screened that shot :)

I found that particlular shot to be very artistic, and of a worthy subject. Trying new things is half the fun of the hobby to me!! BUT, in "severe" artistic shots like this, I can think of very few subjects that would work (or at least be accepted)...In other words, choose your subjects with care...a plain ol roster shot or 3/4 wedgie of a train probably would not work, but detail shots with high contrast areas and lots of detail would.....thats just ones person opinion....

Recently I have found myself getting bored with "my" style of photography, and have been making a effort to dig that dusty ol wide angle lens out of the bag, and with much trepidation, try to shoot angles that I would usually ignore...all the time muttering "this would look better with the tele...this would look better with the tele" :twisted: Step back and look at your stacks of slides, prints, and digitals, and you will find the you will have a certain style of your own....then try to bust that syle apart and try new things, and dont be disapointed if they dont work, or dont get accepted. We all want our photogrpahs to be admired by others, but just remember...if YOU like what you have done, that is all that matters...

11-29-2003, 12:34 AM
Now as far as I know, S.C. Vermillion gets the credit
for the first train photo accepted as a negative:


And a very fine composition it is, as CSX 8148 rolls
through Troy, with the sky turned a burnt orange.

Since my favorite genre in art is Impressionism,
and one of favorite paintings is the Ville-d'Avray by Corot,


I decided to experiment with a photo and see if
I could modify it in Paint Shop Pro 7.0 in a style
similar to the Impressionists. This is the result:


And the full size image for those with fast connections:


I like it. Now I don't expect to see Images de Rail.filet,
I mean, RailPictures.Net to embrace the 3/4 wedge shot
converted to an impressionistic style or an SD-70
turned into Warholian iconic pop art - that would be
interesting - but with software and a little imagination
we can be very creative with our photography. And
that gives a new dimension to our rail photos.

Creator of "Le Train de Gravier."

11-29-2003, 12:58 AM
dsktc, those two photos, http://www.pbase.com/image/23701726/large and http://www.pbase.com/image/23701726/original, actually do look like paintings! That is simply awsome! 8)

I have some photos that I converted to negative and I loved the results but these are of photos that I have already uploaded. I know that having two of the same photos uploaded would not be right. So is there a way I could replace the non-negative photo with a negative one?

11-29-2003, 03:52 AM

That painting...uh, I mean photo, is fantastic!!! :shock:

Or...il est tres fantastique!

12-01-2003, 04:52 AM
I gotta agree with ICE on that one!!! FANTASTIC!!!!

Take Care,