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Greg P 08-17-2012 03:36 PM

Cropping
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...85&key=1431703

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...94&key=4151522

Mgoldman 08-17-2012 03:50 PM

Each a bit on the centered (vertically) side which usually results in a "bad crop" reject.
You could bring the train (subject) up or down in the frame and give that a go.

Better bet - go vertical.

/Mitch

magicman_841 08-17-2012 03:51 PM

This scene screams to be shot vertically.

JRMDC 08-17-2012 03:52 PM

You are thinking about cropping differently than they want you to, I think. They are not looking for an all around tighter crop, and all you achieved there was to weirdly cut off many things on the margin. Start with the earlier one and tighten up left, top, right, in a way which moves the nose over to the right more. Maybe even go vertical instead.

I can't decide which way to go as for the composition I would cut heavily on the right, but the left is the side in deep shadow. Tough one.

Greg P 08-17-2012 03:54 PM

I was thinking vertical a bit. I found the 3rd track on the side interesting and the abandoned switch, I wanted to show that bit. Let me see what I can do.

Greg P 08-17-2012 04:55 PM

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...05&key=7498986

Mgoldman 08-17-2012 05:19 PM

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Your caption is blank and I will assume you did not make note to the screener regarding your interest in the abandoned spur.

Following J's advice (good advice), bring the train out of the center (top to bottom) - and loose the "fluff" on the right (and maybe add some highlight /shadow filter detail along with some extra contrast - to brighten up the shot) and you get:

Attachment 7629

Not loving the shot but it is a part of railroading and it's one of the few cab led shots that looks like the cab is actually leading.

Vertical - you are likely out of luck if you desire keeping the abandoned spur unless you get lucky on an appeal stating your desire to include it. A comment will go a long way towards justifying the inclusion of the spur so everyone knows why it was kept in the composition. Maybe you can find out more about it. Otherwise, loose it as it is a bit tight on each side.

/Mitch

Greg P 08-17-2012 07:15 PM

I've camped this spot a few times this summer, this was the only south bound. Running out of time before I can't shoot there due to the sun.

I'll try to re-edit and maybe I"ll get to see a real freight train there too :)

Greg P 08-17-2012 10:13 PM

They don't seem to be loving it either.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...76&key=8529910

Greg P 08-17-2012 10:15 PM

I am trying an idea taking out some more of the top.

The crop guide shows the front of the cab is in the lower right quad and the dead center of the image is in car 2.

Greg P 08-17-2012 11:14 PM

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...94&key=5726765

There's got to be a picture here. What am I missing?


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