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JohnJ 04-02-2008 04:42 PM

Trying to Get Back in the Saddle
It's been quite some time since I've uploaded here, but over the past weekend I shot a couple of trains on the NECR while I was out and about. I've attempted two pictures, both of which have been rejected multiple times. I guess I've lost the hang of things here. I suspect the screeners are sick of seeing these shots, so I'll concentrate on one shot and see if you folks have any pointers.

The following shot has been rejected three times (re-edits each time, of course). First time was for bad cropping, second time was for level, and the third time was for high sun. Now, the high sun rejection has in the past been the kiss of death for me - I've always viewed such a rejection as marking the shot as unsalvageable for this site. In viewing some of the other posts here, however, it seems that maybe there is some hope by adjusting the levels/curves. The shot was taken at 3 p.m. in nice light - for aviation photography this would have been near-perfect lighting conditions.

So here's the shot - nothing spectacular, but I would like to see if this has any hope at all:


JRMDC 04-02-2008 04:50 PM

Well, it isn't high sun judging by the shadows, but it is a high contrast image, which often occurs during a period of high sun and can be mistaken for it.

I don't have a great monitor for checking contrast, but you may want to reduce contrast a bit, or appeal, explaining the non-high sun situation.

ottergoose 04-02-2008 05:15 PM

It's much better than a lot of the rejections here, but I'm really not digging the telephone poles, and the light really isn't in the right spot... you've got a lot of shadow on the nose.

Like I said... it's much better than what a lot of folks post here in the rejection threads, but it's just another Amtrak P42 wedgie... with the power lines, poles, and less than perfect light, I wouldn't expect to see it get accepted.

You've got the idea of getting the train in the shot... now start focusing on the environment that the train's moving through. If you were having a portrait taken, would you want telephone poles and leafless trees sprouting out of your head?

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