Old 04-28-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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I thought this picture would be interesting for the database, but I can't get it accepted.

First rejection was for over-processing, which was fair enough as I just kept going and going on photoshop and didn't realise how far from the original I had got.

So, I went back to the RAW image and started again.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1007601941
This time it was rejected for bad contrast. Now I often struggle with this reason, I never know which way to go - more contrast or less.

I upped the contrast and tried again.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...key=1011429564
Rejected again, this time for bad contrast and bad composition/cropping. I still don't see the latter reason, so when I tweaked the contrast again, I explained to the screener, that I couldn't see it.

Submitted again and another rejection for bad contrast.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=755510506
I genuinely don't know which way to go with the contrast, so can anyone help?

Perhaps the screeners don't like the picture, but they seem to be very demanding of me on this one - far more than dozens of others I have had accepted.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Great location! I don't really understand the 'bad contrast' on this one but its not the first time I've disagreed with a rejection reason. I would have said 'too far away' or 'poor composition'. It would be better if the train was a little further to the right in the frame or have the nose just past the fence. I know the weather isn't easy to work over there but I would invest some time into getting a sunlit shot here if possible. Fog would be killer too. I'd let this one go unless you have another version with the train to the right more. I'd also say ignore the contrast rejection.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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It's a 200 mile round trip to the location, so I can't get back too often.

I've submitted a version with more train on the right on show.

Fingers crossed, but not optimistic.

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Old 04-28-2008, 08:55 PM   #4
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Well, how about that - it was accepted.


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=233391

Thanks for the tip Andrew.
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Congrats!!! A question, does the train travel through the castle? It looks as if it does.
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Congrats!!! A question, does the train travel through the castle? It looks as if it does.
I think it's just an illusion, Walter. That caught my eye as well, but upon closer inspection, the rear of the train is lined up just right to give the illusion that it's curving out of the castle. At least that's what it looks like to me. I'd rather be wrong, though, because that would be really cool to see a train going through a castle.
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Looks to me like you're battling what I call "The Seattle Syndrome." Overcast skies, standard issue in my area, lay a soul-sucking filter over any photo taken of even the most interesting of prospects. Personally, I love your picture because we don't have too many castles that are within reach of rails.

My thought is that there might be too much grey in the photo for the screeners. Lord knows it's what has tripped me up for the last four years. Sorry you're having trouble.

Glad to see you got it accepted!
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