Old 12-31-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
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It is the last day of the year and here we are again. What I think is a good enough photo and I can't edit it right.

I seem to have problems with getting this right with portrait orientation.

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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=374633712

Attempt #2

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=765976&key=0

Any suggestions where I am going wrong would be greatfully recieved, again!

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Old 12-31-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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Too much sky, the train is too far down in the crop and it's centered in the shot from left to right.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:08 AM   #3
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The secret to composition is:

Off center is better!

My quickie take:

I lightened it up also since the train it was too dark. But that may have made the snow too bright, so some selective exposure adjustment is needed to get on RP.
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Thanks, that is useful. I have tried that and submitted again. Let's see what happens.
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It also looks like you have cloudy lighting and the engine is blurry.
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I have now given up.
Rejected again for blurry.
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Hard for me to tell, but yes, I would have to agree with the screener that the train focus is soft.

However, even if it was sharp I think this would be rejected because there is no sunlight on the train.

Fix both and you will have a winner.

Derek, looking at your other shots, I see a tendency to center too much. Some of your shots need less side to side and/or top to bottom centering. You need to know more about the "rule of thirds."

Other than that, you have shot some very nice stuff in wonderful places. I wish I could join you!
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I have just had a quick look on the web about rule of thirds. I get the idea. I will try that in future. I have never done any courses but am working this out as I go along. I don't seem to be doing too bad with over 50 pictures in a year.

The three days spent in Scotland were particularly spectacular as the trip was planned long ago and were were fortunate to ahve good weather and a heavy snow fall just before we went.

Very cold though.

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Many thanks Dennis. You were correct now accepted. I had another go at editing as you suggested. I realised why it was blurry. I took two images close together was was in focus the other was not. I had used the wrong one when doing the editing.
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And then we post it:

Congrats!

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