View Full Version : Need help with some rejections

02-08-2007, 02:34 PM
Hi guys, long time picture uploader, first time forum poster......

Quick background on me, born and raised in Vancouver BC and now residing in Toronto Ontario, working for one of the canadian RR's...is it obvious ? LoL

I currently have 225 pictures in the database, my claim to fame is I had the first uploaded pictures of the ARR 70mac hep units (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=55082) and the BNSF 70ace's. (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=137011) I wouldn't say I'm a veteran here, nor would I say im a noob.

It seems lately though I have been in a bit of a funk.....and rather then get all mad about things, I thought I would post for help and direction here.

I shoot with a Canon eos d60 DSLR, with a canon ultrasonic 28-80 1:3.5-5.6, and canon ultrasonic 80-200 1:4.5-5.6.

I think one of my main problems is that I dont have a polarizer for either lenses, so I find I need to clean up the images a bit more then usual in my photo editing software. I use adobe PS Elements 3, I like its range of features and I find it's rather easy to use. One could get carried away with things if not careful.

Anyways, here are a few of the rejected photo's, with the reasons being :
Bad Color: Not enough color depth or too much color saturation.

1- http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=335320

2- http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=335324

3- http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=335328

4- http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=335334

5- http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=335414

The other rejections I can figure out on my own and correct, but with the above links, I'm a tad puzzled, they look good on my screen, at least I think they do........I've never had the not enough color depth or too much color saturation reasons.

SO, can I get some ideas and comments on how to fix those above ? I take criticism well, I wont flip out like some other poster that was here that I had been lurking and following.

Thanks for everyones help in advance, I look forward to some insight !


02-08-2007, 03:38 PM
All of them are oversaturated in the CN red, in my opinion.

Welcome fellow PSE3 user! If you are interested in Channel Mixer or Curves, there is a free download that enables those features, at earthboundlight.com. I use the Channel Mixer regularly, haven't taught myself Curves yet.

Edit: BTW, in PSE3, you can reduce saturation only in the red channel, you do not need to reduce saturation overall. I'm not sure about these, would have to play with it to see if the blue is a bit too much also. But it's mainly the red.


02-08-2007, 04:12 PM
It also looks like the black is too gray. Might just be me or my monitor...

02-08-2007, 08:15 PM
Thanks for the info thus far, I was thinking that maybe the reds looked too too red.....I'll work on them tonight and send some small versions of them here later.


02-08-2007, 09:40 PM
Ok here are some scaled down versions, I've just submitted the normal sized ones, tweaked so they're not as saturated....IMO, they look much better.

How do these look now ?


02-08-2007, 10:04 PM
From my end, they look much better...

02-08-2007, 11:33 PM
Thanks for your imput guys, of the re-submitted shots, only 2 were rejected, both being "similar to already accepted photo".

4 accepted, 2 rejected, and 1 pending. Sounds like a better job done this time around, thanks for everything !

Here they are.....

1- http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=174633

2- http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=174630

3- http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=174626

4- http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=174624