Old 08-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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I posted this link in another thread yesterday, but I doubt it was seen by many.

What's the reasoning behind the PEQ in this shot?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=678616413

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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Fix your link and we'll be happy to take a look...
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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Fix your link and we'll be happy to take a look...
Strange...

Here's the proper link.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=678616413

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Old 08-16-2009, 12:52 AM   #4
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Nice sparks, but the blur is bad for the machine.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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I can't put my finger on what's off about that shot... it just doesn't work for me.

It doesn't really look like it's a photo - it looks more like a screen grab from a video tape.

Not useful, I know, but that's my reaction to the shot.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:10 PM   #6
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I can't put my finger on what's off about that shot... it just doesn't work for me.

It doesn't really look like it's a photo - it looks more like a screen grab from a video tape.

Not useful, I know, but that's my reaction to the shot.
I can't put my finger on it either, but I can see some people not going for it. I like it. Nice contrast between the blurred train and the distinct lines of the sparks and the pebbled ground (it looks like pebbles to me.) It may be one of those shots that just doesn't work for a particular screener. I'd appeal.
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Same again; on the whole, I like it.......but.........

Maybe it would work better as more of a "streak" shot
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Because of the blur it'd be better as a streak shot, but due to the slow speed the blur looks like real soft focus... not a streak. You'd have to open the shutter up for some time. What was the exposure you used and what was the ISO?
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Because of the blur it'd be better as a streak shot, but due to the slow speed the blur looks like real soft focus... not a streak. You'd have to open the shutter up for some time. What was the exposure you used and what was the ISO?
But if he opens up longer the sparks become a mess, no? More of them would overlap with each other, I am guessing, and it would become more of a blob than a set of fine curves.
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But if he opens up longer the sparks become a mess, no? More of them would overlap with each other, I am guessing, and it would become more of a blob than a set of fine curves.
Yes, you've just summed it up basically. So, if I were to appeal this photo, what would be my reasoning?

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I don't think there is an appeal here, Tim. Something about the blur doesn't work... looks soft, not burry... hard to explain.

Send an 8850 class east will ya? Haven't seen one yet... all stuck in Jasper it seems.
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Yes, you've just summed it up basically. So, if I were to appeal this photo, what would be my reasoning?

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Well, I like it, maybe more than others. I would simply say that there is a nice contrast between the blurred train and the sharp spark trails, and that a faster shutter would make for shorter, less interesting sparks, and a longer shutter would blur/blend the sparks together, reducing the visual interest.
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I don't think there is an appeal here, Tim. Something about the blur doesn't work... looks soft, not burry... hard to explain.

Send an 8850 class east will ya? Haven't seen one yet... all stuck in Jasper it seems.
What are ya talkin about ? The newer M-2's have been leading and trailing on the Kingston Sub according to my crystal ball, I shot CN Q10651 05 with CN 8872 leading at Liverpool last month.
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I like it a lot. The thing that I can see what everyone else it talking about is the sparks are like to perfect for the blur of the machine going by.
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What are ya talkin about ? The newer M-2's have been leading and trailing on the Kingston Sub according to my crystal ball, I shot CN Q10651 05 with CN 8872 leading at Liverpool last month.
All I see are -9's, GEVO's, C40-8M's and SD75I's... and 5539 was trailing on 107 on 08/17/09 at Pickering Jct.
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ISO was not so high... exif said 500


Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D300
Image Date: 2009:08:01 00:31:16
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 35.0mm (35mm equivalent: 52mm)
Exposure Time: 0.167 s (1/6)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO equiv: 500
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual

To me, two things could hurting it (for RP) - the gravel is not so sharp and it looks like you are pretty close to the tracks... safety issues.
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