Old 04-19-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Thoughts? Maybe move the train higher up in the frame? Not like I have much for an interesting foreground, just dirt and weeds. I attempted to minimize the weeds by showing some blue sky but I'm thinking now maybe too much sky. Also, just crossed me to maybe take a little off the left as well.

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Another question not related to the rejection. I've heard of photos being skipped over in the screening queue before but any reason why they would skip over 3 photos and keep them in the queue?
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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I've heard of photos being skipped over in the screening queue before but any reason why they would skip over 3 photos and keep them in the queue?
Yes. When that happens, it's because the screener is on the fence about the shot(s), and is leaving it in the queue for the next screener.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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As for the rejection, it's more Bad Angle in my eyes. As mentioned, the foreground is dirt and weeds and the background is wires, poles, and featureless sky...moving the train up or down in the frame will leave you with the same thing.

Next time when faced with similar circumstances, having a road leading to a grade crossing would help. But in this case...not sure what can be done.
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This one also looks like it's very blurry, but being far away, I don't know how they would feel about that.
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Yeah, I understand being on the fence for something that is unique or pushes the envelope but nothing out of the ordinary with these three. Just telephotos. I guess we shall see. As for bad angle, I'm not so sure. I've see plenty of photos looking across a field, in fact, I have a share of my own on here. Maybe I'll attempt the location again when some crops have begun to grow to add a more appealing element to the photo.
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This one also looks like it's very blurry, but being far away, I don't know how they would feel about that.
Not seeing it. Blurry would be your profile picture.
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Not seeing it. Blurry would be your profile picture.
It definitely looks soft.
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It definitely looks soft.
Jim, the image overall or the weeds in the foreground? I was thinking of sharpening it a bit more but wasn't sure. Like I said before, I may wait and see if I can get a shot here with crops just sprouting to add more interest to the scene.
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Also, the 3 images passed over finally made it through. Went 1 for 3. Lets get some input on the rejected two. Both seem a tad nitpicky if you ask me but maybe I'm just being biased at this point.

Unlevel and oversharpened
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...31&key=4041768

Noise?
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No particular suggestions, other than to reposition in between trains, so that the images are different. Or different focal length or go vertical, or something!
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Also, the 3 images passed over finally made it through. Went 1 for 3. Lets get some input on the rejected two. Both seem a tad nitpicky if you ask me but maybe I'm just being biased at this point.

Unlevel and oversharpened
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...31&key=4041768

Noise?
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...35&key=3434491

Have at it.
In the first one, the oversharpened note probably comes from the halo around the power cables on the left. As for level - who knows?

I don't see the grain in the second one, so I can't help on that one.
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No particular suggestions, other than to reposition in between trains, so that the images are different. Or different focal length or go vertical, or something!
Shots were taken on different days J. But I see what you are saying. Will work on that next time. I thought both rejections were pretty nitpicky if you ask me. To be honest, I was expecting a similar to previous but that can't happen unless one of them gets accepted!
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For the first reject, you need to come CCW a bit, and not only is there some halo-ing around the power lines, but they've also developed a serious case of the jaggies, especially in the upper left. I'd back off on the overall sharpening of the photo, and then come back in and do some selective sharpening on the numberboards to keep them nice annd crisp.

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Jim, the image overall or the weeds in the foreground?
The train. It looks odd...the edges just look soft. It's not a motion blur thing, but more an image quality issue. It almost looks like it was taken with a lower megapixel camera.

The foreground looks OOF, but that's more of a DOF issue (and not really an issue at all if the focus is on the train).
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