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coaststarlight14 06-20-2014 07:51 PM

Bad composition/balance
I uploaded several shots from my stint on the NWP, the latest being rejected for bad composition/balance.

1: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...86&key=3666359

I also submitted this one and i understand why they rejected it, but i still want to know what you guys think personally about it.

2: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...24&key=6520119

Since that was rejected I uploaded the RP friendly version of it with the train on the next track over. But that got nailed for backlighting, which i appealed since the nose it at least half lit.

3: http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...79&key=3662460

I've got several more un-uploaded shots up my sleeve, but these were some of my top picks.

Mgoldman 06-20-2014 08:20 PM

1: Centered. Wish RP would take advice given and make that a specific statement in the rejections. No, not perfectly centered but pretty much - the subject is centered top to bottom. Crop out some to the left and the bottom.

2: Not a fan. Just an odd composition. I'm asking, "why can't I see the rest of the image" vs only the bottom right?

3: Back to "centered" - that'll be next. Also, contrast seems poor. As for the actual rejection - you may be able to fix with shadows and highlights followed by some additional contrast to avoid the chalky /paint like appearance it can leave.


miningcamper1 06-20-2014 11:06 PM

Now wait a minute! If you un-center the bridge, someone is sure to pipe up "look at all that dead space!"
#2 looks like a derailment shot.
#3 just looks dark overall. (Of course, I think all "light on the nose" rejections are absurd.)
I'll be happy to fave #1 if it gets in!

coaststarlight14 06-22-2014 04:22 AM

2 Attachment(s)
I re-cropped the bridge shot as Mitch suggested, mostly off the left.
On the other one i lightened by 15, boosted the shadows by 5, and added about a contrast of 35 I also cropped a little off the right side and the bottom. I think it looks better, but I'll leave the judging to you. Any better? Worse?


Joe the Photog 06-22-2014 09:17 AM

Do you have a frame where the loco is out of the bridge toward the left side of th shot more? With a one unit light engine move, he looks cramped under the bridge.

I think #2 is too tight, more than anything and #3 is too dark. #3 might be RP-able with some brightening, maybe some contrast and a little shadows and highlight tool

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