View Full Version : Rejections

08-24-2003, 10:16 PM
I just got the results back from my uploads and have some questions...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=28486 - Poor lighting (too dark)

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=28487 - backlit

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=28488 - backlit

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=28489 - Poor lighting (too dark)

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=28492 - Poor lighting (too dark)

I was just wondering...are the standards getting stricter? Because I've definitely seen worse lit/darker shots in the database. Especially "28489"...it doesn't look so dark to me. Do you guys think I should appeal or is there something I can do to fix them and re-upload?

28487 and 28488 are said to be "backlit". What exactly does that mean? They look fine to me. Can I fix them?

Sorry about all the questions...but it's just a bit frustrating get all those photos rejected while seeing clearly worse photos in the database. Can someone help me?

08-24-2003, 11:26 PM
28487 and 28488 are said to be "backlit". What exactly does that mean? They look fine to me. Can I fix them?

When a photo is backlit, the light hitting the subject is from behind. This produces a shadow and sometimes a silhouette of the subject. To avoid this, for the most part, stand on the most illuminated side of the subject or try to have the sun to your back. I have tried to fix a few backlit photos that I took but what usually happens is since the background is already bright, it tends to get too bright and distracting.

It does seem like the standards are getting stricter and I, to, have seen worse lit and darker photos than yours get accepted.

08-24-2003, 11:34 PM
Thanks, I'll try to stand with the sun behind me next time. Sometimes it's just hard, because of the limited access to platform, etc.

I tried to fix those photos and will upload them shortly, hopefully after reading a few more comments and suggestions so I can make them better.

Chris Starnes
08-25-2003, 01:48 AM
I don't think they were rejected because they were so dark, but that they could have been much, much better had you walked to the sunny side of the tracks.....


08-25-2003, 01:53 AM
Oh....but I wasn't allowed...they even tried to get me off that platform! They would not let me go to another platform! Chris, what should I do? Appeal, re-submit? A visit to the train station is rare for me....it's like an hour away!

Chris Starnes
08-25-2003, 02:07 AM
You may want to try to visit the station at a different time of the day when the lighting is more favorable for photography.

I have boxes full of photos which are backlit just like yours - its an important step in the learning process to realize what the problem with a photo is and what you need to make it better. If I were you I would just file those away in the "not my best material" folder and try to get some better stuff the next time you get trackside.


08-25-2003, 02:44 AM
Ok, i got your PM and responded. Thanks for the suggestions, anyways, I might still try to fix a couple of the ones and try to upload them.