Old 04-02-2007, 06:09 PM   #1
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Morning All

I am new to RailPics and am struggling to understand some reasons for having my photos rejected....I am not complaining, just looking to find out what I am doing wrong.

What is the cropping issue with this one http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=356545

Is this one really that bad, it was taken with overcast skies http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=356544

This one is taken on a curve and the picture is level http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=356522

I would really appreciate some help

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Old 04-02-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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The first one has too much dead space on the left and the locomotive is too close to the edge of the frame. You might try doing a vertical crop of it losing the left. The second I would agree is too dark for Railpics. The third picture looks like a case of being level but appearing unlevel. The trees in the backround appear to be level, thought the pole by the train appears to be leaning slightly to the left. However, this image looks like it suffers from poor image quality or something similar, I'm not sure of the wording. Anyway hope this helps and welcome to the forums.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:36 PM   #3
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I don't know. The containers really look unlevel to me.



Seriously, it probably is level as you say, but I wonder if this is a case where the shot needs to be a little more loosely (is that a correct term?) cropped.

The second shot needs to be lightened a tad. I would also play around with the contrast. And as noted the first shot has too much space on the left and not enough on the right.


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Old 04-02-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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The first one enough has been said about it. The second shot I really like a lot! It does seem to have a slight bluish hue to me around the snow, other than that I think it's great! The third shot it level, I'd appeal it telling them to look at the trees and poles which are straight up and down, but it is cropped a tad tight for me. In the second shot I took out some of the blue hue and lightened it a bit to show the trucks more.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
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One thing I notice about all 3 of your shots is they're all cropped very tight...leave some room around the images on future shots.
Picture #2 probably has the best chance at accaptance...see if you can clean up the color cast of that snow...looks too blue.

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:10 AM   #6
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:32 PM   #7
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It's pretty much been said, but I'll pile on! All your shots are cropped tight, but the first is way to tight on the locomotive side. Always leave some room for the train to move into the shot. (I know, it's not moving, but it's a psychological thing!).

The second shot is pretty cool, but even after Dave worked on it, the color on the trailing CP unit still doesn't look right. It's either too blue or too magenta.

Sure, the third shot may be level, but it would look better if you made the engine a bit more level. The trees are all at enough different angles and everyone expects telegraph poles to be leaning so that if you rotate the shot counter clockwise, it will look better.

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Old 04-04-2007, 12:28 AM   #8
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OK let's see if this one is any different. I'd crop some off the top though.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:40 AM   #9
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Sure, the third shot may be level, but it would look better if you made the engine a bit more level. The trees are all at enough different angles and everyone expects telegraph poles to be leaning so that if you rotate the shot counter clockwise, it will look better.
Actually, it looks much WORSE if you straighten out the loco. I believe the shot IS level, and what you are seeing is an angled loco due to the curve (as mentioned by cpsigmtr). If you're going to level this loco on the curve, you might as well do it to the second shot as well. Also, the derailed cars in the background give the illusion that they are pulling the loco in that leaning direction. One more thing, look at the plow on the front of the loco. It's quite obvious from the distance of each rail to the bottom of the plow that the loco is leaning.

I suspect the screener was going quickly through shots and didn't take the time to really look at this picture to see that it is in fact, level.
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