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CUDA7185 08-14-2005 05:17 AM

Rejected - Underexposed
I recently had this photo rejected for being underexposed:


I attempted to lighten it twice, but both times it was rejected for being an “Uncorrected Reupload”:



I would brighten it again, but I’m afraid it will become washed out and too grainy (the details around the headlight and number board on the front are already disappearing in the last one). After enduring the haze and 98 degree temperatures, I am wondering if there is anything I can do to save it?


NicTrain35 08-14-2005 05:28 AM

I think I would let this one slide. But that's just my opinion. Like you said, if you brighten it anymore, it'll become washed out and grainy. It's still a nice photo, but it doesn't look like you had the best sunlight.

CDTX_2051 08-14-2005 05:38 AM

98 degrees? That'd be nice. Here in the San Joaquin Valley we've had temperatures anywhere from 101-108 for weeks at a time. Then again, it's not that humid...

ccaranna 08-14-2005 06:08 AM

I don't think it's underexposed, I think the main subject is not in focus!

If you look at the freight cars on the passing train, they're tack sharp. Try to get the camera to focus on what you think the subject will be. If the camera focused on the Amtrak locomotive, then the passing cars would have been blurry, and that would have resulted in a very nice shot.

What camera settings did you use, and was automatic or manual focus used?

Also, I've been seeing a lot of rejects posted that were rejected for underexposed, but in my opinion, the exposures were fine. One way to get an idea of the exposure is to look at the histogram if you used a digital camera, however, I wouldn't rely on it 100%. It's a good reference tool when shaping up a shot.

CUDA7185 08-14-2005 06:21 AM

I was actually shooting my brother's Digital Rebel, but I had it on autofocus because I'm still not that fimilar with it. I was also using his telephoto lense, which might have had something to do with it.


Originally Posted by CDTX_2051
98 degrees? That'd be nice. Here in the San Joaquin Valley we've had temperatures anywhere from 101-108 for weeks at a time. Then again, it's not that humid...

You can borrow some of our humidity if you like, we've had more than enough recently :)

ccaranna 08-14-2005 06:31 AM

My first guess was that the setting was on manual focus, because I would think the camera's logic would have figured that the oncoming train was the point of focus.

Anyway, I use autofocus about 95% of the time, and the results typically work out. I think next time I would use auto focus in this situation, press the shutter release half way, and see where the camera focuses. If it doesn't focus where you want it to, then quickly switch it to manual and shoot.

The only time I use MF is when the camera can't decide on what needs to stand out in the frame, and I need to tell it what to do.

Good luck!

busyEMT 08-14-2005 02:28 PM

Watch for high humidity and heat distortion, as well. Telephoto lens can't cut through the moisture in the air. And while heat distortion is awesome spewing from the exhaust of a locomotive, it obliterates the subject on a tele shot.

CUDA7185 08-14-2005 07:11 PM

I tried a second angle of the train, and again it was rejected for being underexposed:


Maybe its the fact that it was taken close to sunset. I guess I'll just let this one slide for now, but thanks to everyone who offered their opinions.


ccaranna 08-14-2005 07:15 PM

That's too bad, Matt. :(

I like this one!



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