Old 02-27-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=650182&key=0

No argument...was badly cropped.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=650427&key=0

Agreed...soft spots throughout the image.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=264027480

Confused as to why I now get the PEQ? Just thought if it was the case, I would have received that reason right away? Maybe a different screeners opinion?

Anyways, fire away! And as usual, I take no offense to any criticism.

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:33 PM   #2
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Everyone dislikes it, but the way it works is you don't get all possible rejection reasons at once.

The other thing is that screeners are different and some are more open to some types of shots than other are.

Appeal. Another screener will review the shot.
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PEQ i didn't think it was a good idea to Appeal!
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I haven't looked at it under magnification, but it looks OK technically. Unlike a lot of PEQ cases, this shot is decently composed and exposed. It may not be pretty, but it certainly is railroad-related and it does tell a story. It's an action shot of restoration work underway. So here, the PEQ is simply a pure, subjective judgement that while technically OK, this Screener didn't think the shot merited inclusion in the data base.

I think the photographer has some grounds for an appeal here, and I don't think he'd be wasting the Screener's time with one. A second opinion may not change the result, but it is worth a try.
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Since PEQ is a matter of taste, it can work to appeal. Now of course there are lots of PEQs which should not be appealed because they are oddball/junk. This one, there seem to be multiple opinions that in fact it is an interesting and worthy shot. So I think an appeal is appropriate here.
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Congrats on the appeal getting accepted!
Image © Jason Rathbun
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I really like the shot, definitely shows more of the human side of railroading -- and the drama that can be found in mundane everyday tasks! -- than much of what is published here.
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Thanks everyone for the input! You know, I really like this photo and worked hard to get it to the best quality I could, but as KevinM said, my knowledge in photography and image editing is definitely my weakest point with being knew to this hobby. I have the drive and passion to work to improve my photography skills so I know that will not be a factor.

I have made the decision to invest in Photoshop Elements because I do not have a proper photo editing program and I think this is one why in which I can improve my photos. I'm also going to purchase a couple of books about general photography, etc. If anybody has any suggestions about books they think are worth getting please let me know. Thanks again!
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If anybody has any suggestions about books they think are worth getting please let me know. Thanks again!
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

that simple!
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that simple!

I'll second that. A really good read. $24.95 at Borders.
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For learning more about photography, I recommend "Photography (7th Edition)" by London, Upton, et alia:

http://www.amazon.com/Photography-7t...5786786&sr=8-1

It was used as the textbook in the photography class I took back in college and it does a very good job explaining the fundamentals. Don't balk at the price -- you can get it used for less than $30 used:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...raphy&x=46&y=9
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