Old 02-02-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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How should I have framed this? The foreground was shadowing very quickly as the sun set.

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Old 02-02-2016, 08:25 PM   #2
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Train's a little low and that shadow isnt doing you any favors. This would have been an excellent use of taking a background pic before the train got there, and before the shadows appeared and merging them.
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I concur with Troy on the placement. The shadow doesn't really bother me. If you do a re-crop, you have a nasty dust spot on the right edge.
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Looking at it again, there are a couple dust spots across the horizon.
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Looking at it again, there are a couple dust spots across the horizon.
Yea I saw them and have removed them. To bad that wasn't the rejection
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Train is quite low, crop left and top, a good bit. Shadow, aka "THE BLOB" bottom near center , is a big no-no for me.

Also oversharpened somewhat, I believe. I couldn't figure out why the image quality was disagreeing with me until I saw the oversharpening halo across the top of the ridgeline, the white stripe.
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Shadow is distracting but it can be lessened with the shadows /highlight filter.

I'd have shot lower - it is tight on the bottom - if you have some pixels available, I'd add 'em back. Surprised no one yet mentioned the image is a bit top heavy. Too much "extra" on the top. Fix that and you might solve the problem with the actual rejection, though, again, it is a bit tight on the bottom.

Good luck - there's definitely potential there, or on a revisit at the very least.

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I don't find the shadows particularly distracting. Too much sky IMO.
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Besides the spots, the entire sky is noisy.
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Also oversharpened somewhat, I believe. I couldn't figure out why the image quality was disagreeing with me until I saw the oversharpening halo across the top of the ridgeline, the white stripe.
Agreed. Poor image quality is what jumped out at me first, and then of course the dozen or so dust spots.
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Train is quite low, crop left and top, a good bit. Shadow, aka "THE BLOB" bottom near center , is a big no-no for me.

Also oversharpened somewhat, I believe. I couldn't figure out why the image quality was disagreeing with me until I saw the oversharpening halo across the top of the ridgeline, the white stripe.
That's probably less oversharpening than it is a really bad boundary between levels adjustments, but it could be.
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If available Carl, take an earlier frame, maybe 3-5 cars earlier, and then shave a little off the left (not much, just a little), and then use the right side to your advantage to allow you shave off the top and keep your crop ratio, which will lessen the dead space on top, and will get you more in line with the rule of thirds. I wouldn't mess with the bottom, it's fine where it is.
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