Old 07-11-2020, 07:09 PM   #1
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Hello there
I would like some suggestions about these compositions and if they are really missing the "rule of thirds"

https://www.railpictures.net/viewrej...96&key=2260640

https://www.railpictures.net/viewrej...29&key=5540301

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Old 07-12-2020, 06:12 AM   #2
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I don't see anything wrong with either of them in my mind. I suspect that the problem is maybe you are shooting from too low of an angle. Just a guess on my part, as I don't think I've seen may photos in the database that look like yours.
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Old 07-12-2020, 02:09 PM   #3
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I don't see anything wrong with either of them in my mind. I suspect that the problem is maybe you are shooting from too low of an angle. Just a guess on my part, as I don't think I've seen may photos in the database that look like yours.
I found these ones, from last week.

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/742024/

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/741954/

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/741424/

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Old 07-13-2020, 03:29 AM   #4
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Not really sure here. The first is definitely better than the second, perhaps just needed a hair of either the bottom or the top?
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Old 07-13-2020, 12:52 PM   #5
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I think they're a bit too much in the middle of the photo under the rule of thirds. If you can drop them down a little lower in the photo, I think they might get accepted. To me, the CSX and UP photos you linked have a foreground that suggests they should be higher in the photo, and the RABe is low in the photo, it's just close.
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:26 PM   #6
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Both submissions need closer cropping on the top and bottom, IMHO. That's particularly true when you have a completely featureless, blue sky. I would also crop off some of the foreground. Your editing software should be able to display the Rule-of-Thirds (RoT) grid. Place the nose of the lead unit as squarely in the center of one of those crosses, in this case, probably the lower right. I'm not a huge fan of the low-angle shooting position, mainly because it results in blurry ballast being the closest thing to the viewer, but that's just a personal preference. I think most people prefer to view a train from a human perspective, as opposed to a woodchuck's perspective, or bird's perspective.
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