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Old 04-04-2020, 08:20 AM   #71
John Russell - NZ
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[quote=Craig Walker;196281]
Originally Posted by J-M Frybourg View Post
Another historic shot that can only get access to RPN because it is American:
According to RPN standards that RPN team has put in writing in this forum, this picture has way too many defects for being accepted:
- High sun
- Front and back coupled
- Poor esthetic quality

It may have gotten accepted because of who shot it, as he has a ton of excellent photos posted here. And that is not to put him down, of course, but ... do the screeners play favorites? (I'm not sure they do, as one of the top photographers here in terms of quantity - and quality - told me he quit a few years ago because he was getting too many rejections. And he knows better than to post a subpar photo anywhere.

And, yes, the rejections have driven some of the best photographers I know to quit posting here. These are guys who have photos in Trains Magazine regularly, but get rejected here. One of them was a photojournalist for years, and I have never seen a photo of his that I didn't wish I'd taken. They get irritated that a nameless screener didn't feel the photo fit their aesthetic, as it as artistic, had human interest, was technically flawless in composition, exposure and sharpness, could never be repeated today, etc. And after their negative experiences here, they rarely even visit this site. Which is too bad, as they would add a lot here.

As for Monsieur Frybourg's comment regarding an American bias ... I have no doubt about that, if only because the screeners know what is rare or historic if it is a North American photo, but I suspect they do not have enough knowledge non-North American railroading to know. Which is a shame, as these photos would drive viewers from the rest of the world, and get the site's numbers up. And isn't that the point?
Thanks Craig. I completely concur. The viewership probably falls in countries where there isn't enough local content being uploaded. I'm perhaps the only local member still uploading NZ trains. It's rare these days to see any evidence of local viewing or appreciation. A recent comment was the first in years that wasn't from an overseas viewer. Imagine if you were going through all this to upload photos on a site for say 500 views and it seemed nobody in the US was even watching. That's not that encouraging. It seems most unlikely that my average views will reach that of the site average because the typical viewer here is probably not that interested in NZ trains.

Last edited by John Russell - NZ; 04-04-2020 at 08:40 AM. Reason: additional comment
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